Pithy gems from J.C. Ryle

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It costs something to be a true Christian.
It will cost us our sins, our self-righteousness, our ease and our worldliness!

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According to the men of the world—few are going to Hell.
According to the Bible—few are going to Heaven.

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By affliction, Christ . . .
  shows us our emptiness and weakness,
  draws us to the throne of grace,
  purifies our affections,
  weans us from the world, and
  makes us long for Heaven.

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Nothing is so offensive to Christ as lukewarmness in religion!
"So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold,
 I am going to vomit you out of My mouth!" Revelation 3:16