Not with Other Christians

“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

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1 mburatov December 4, 2012 at 1:24 pm

And yet the Bible tells us to fight with particular Christians. 2 Thessalonians 3 – “I command you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, brothers and sisters, to have nothing to do with those believers who are idle and disruptive and do not live according to the teaching you received from us.” That does not sound like getting along. While we should certainly spend the vast majority of our time opposing those outside the Christian church, we are to contend for the faith and that means entering into disputations with those inside the church.

2 Mark December 4, 2012 at 2:32 pm

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?


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