“With whom is the Christian soldier meant to fight? Not with other Christians. Wretched indeed is that man’s idea of religion, who imagines that it consists in perpetual controversy! He who is never satisfied unless he is engaged in some strife between church and church, chapel and chapel, sect and sect, faction and faction, party and party — knows nothing yet as he ought to know. As a general rule, the cause of sin is never so much helped as when Christians waste their strength in quarreling with one another, and spend their time in petty squabbles.” – J. C. Ryle, Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots
Hi mburatov, thanks for the comment.
I agree with you and almost did not post this quote. But I re-read Ryle and reconsidered.
Re-read the first sentence. There is a key word in that sentence that, if removed, changes the meaning. Did you find it? What do you think now?