Only as much religion as will save them from Hell!
There are multitudes of professing Christians among us, who want only as much religion as will save them from Hell — not an atom more! The world is their real god. Gold is their idol. They worship in mammon's temple!
Love God with all their heart! — they do not so much as understand the meaning of such a thing.
Sacrifice riches, place, honor, and friends to Christ! — they scoff at the thing as madness.
Oh, be out and out for God!
Do not trifle with religion.
Do not mock God and Christ.
Do not love the world.
Be pious in your inmost soul.
Do not mistake mere sentimentalism for saving religion — or a good character for the new birth. You may go very far — and yet not be a Christian. You may follow Christ in some things — but if not in all, what is your following worth?
This world, or the world to come — that is the alternative. Not this world, and the world to come.
Christ is all — or nothing. There is no middle ground; no half-discipleship; no compromise. No! The friendship of the world is enmity with God. Come out and be separate.