Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots

Holiness Its Nature Hindrances Difficulties and Roots Now with a new foreword by John MacArthur J C Ryle s Holiness has imparted a standing challenge to Christians for years In this new slimmed down series of excerpts from Ryle s masterwork we aim

  • Title: Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots
  • Author: J.C. Ryle
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 458
  • Format: ebook
  • Now with a new foreword by John MacArthur.J.C Ryle s Holiness has imparted a standing challenge to Christians for 130 years In this new, slimmed down series of excerpts from Ryle s masterwork, we aim to present his original message to a whole new generation Holiness, Ryle argued, was not simply a matter of believing and feeling, but of doing.

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    1. A remarkable number of books that promote 'formulas' for living the Christian life have had their day on the Christian bestseller lists, only to fade away as time goes on. Yet J.C. Ryle's Holiness, which was first published 126 years ago, shows no signs of going out of style. What could possibly account for the longevity of a volume that Reformation & Revival Journal once called "the finest work on living the Christian life available"? I offer three reasons:1) It gives no formulas. Bishop Ry [...]

    2. Ryle's work is a classic Reformed defense of the pursuit of sanctification as an active enterprise against various late 19th century denigrations of that understanding. He is, in a way, a Puritan out of place in history (and easier to read than John Owen). In Holiness, Ryle stands against extremes among the Reformed and Lutheran that claim sanctification is all about faith, but also against the holiness movements of his day, arising in part out of a misdirection of Wesley's understanding of imm [...]

    3. WOW!!! This book was written in the late 1800s, but it reads like it was written today!! Each chapter is a separate paper written by J.C. Ryle, some were sermons, all focused on SCRIPTURAL holiness. Ryle's discussions are beautifully simple and completely scripturally founded. He begins with chapters on sin, sanctification, holiness, then continues on to offer biblical examples of his points. His chapter on Moses clearly represents Moses as a type of Christ: Moses left the rank and greatness and [...]

    4. This review so far refers only to chapter VII "Assurance" (pp. 143-181):Another reading with me doing plenty of underlining throughout. One line of truth even had me updating my Facebook profile quotations since I resonated with it so much. Reading this chapter wasn't all roses for me, however. I felt that I didn't share the experience he described as so common among Christian believers (a lack of "assurance") but by the end of the chapter I was chalking it up to cultural differences and semanti [...]

    5. Excellent, Excellent book!I believe that a lack of passion for personal holiness is probably one of the saddest aspects of 21st century Christianity. In our effort to move away from legalism, we have given way to lechery, and we have emphasized God's love and forgiveness so much that most of us have no clue what the verse "Striver the holiness without which no one will see the Lord." (Hebrews 12:14) means. This book helps you understand what that verse means biblically.A generation that is not p [...]

    6. A great read. It took me a long time, but I finally finished it. Holiness constantly looks Christward, exhorting Christians in the living of a holy life. One of the most often quoted texts was Hebrews 12:14 "Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord." This seems to be a somewhat forgotten verse in our day. May we strive daily for greater holiness and conformity to Christ and His Word.

    7. This has been a book that I have slowly read for the past 2 years. It's not a fast read by any means, but the writing is mostly clear. Some parts I connected with better than others. It was originally written as a series of papers, so it felt like 20 separate thoughts on holiness. However, this is a book that deserves to be read by every Christian today.

    8. I really love the discussion over how much of the confusion regarding the pursuit of holiness is really confusion over participation in sanctification vs. justification.

    9. Summary: The classic collection by nineteenth century evangelical Anglican J.C. Ryle emphasizing that growth in Christ-like character (holiness) involves not only faith in Christ's empowering work but effort in laying hold of that work and that this basic matter is far too often neglected in the church.J. C. Ryle was an Anglican rector, and eventually bishop of the then-new Diocese of Liverpool. He lived from 1816-1900. Much of his work was among working class people, and it is evident in readin [...]

    10. Man this book needs to be reread over and over again. It's like drinking from a firehose. As Kevin DeYoung says in the intro to his book on holiness, if you're just going to read one book on holiness, read J.C. Ryle

    11. The best book I've read this year and one of my favorites of all-time. A must-read. I'll try to flesh out a review later.

    12. We as Christians should be in a pursuit for Holiness. But often our relationships don't allow us to live holy. Comparison, competitiveness, etc all attempt to swerve the christian off the path of living holy and usually this is done by our own team mates, the body of Christ. I have been grieved over this reality in my own life and in reading this was so encouraged to pursue holiness no matter what the cost, friendships, etc So thankful for this exegesis of scripture on this topic.

    13. In the providence of God, it has taken me 10 years to read Holiness. The Lord saw fit why it would take me this long. This is the classic on sanctification and the Christian life. There are many other books that are helpful, but Ryle is in a class of his own. You must read it- read it slowly and savor it- and be changed as he points you to Christ. "Christ is all."

    14. Almost every chapter was convicting, bringing the reader back to the Gospel and makes you question yourself to see if you have truly repented and put your trust in Christ and thus have salvation, because if you have you will desire holiness and strive towards holiness.

    15. The first few chapters are excellent and are a must read on the topic. However, as the book progresses the author becomes more and more pietistic and less applicable to the Christian life.

    16. This is a rich, rich book. My very favorite chapter was the chapter on Lot. Wow. Every Christian should read that chapter. My favorite chapters were 1-4 and 9, 15, 19.

    17. This is a fantastic and robustly biblical book, and is undoubtedly one of the best things that I've read on the subject of holiness. Written as a series of individual papers rather than a systematic work, it nevertheless gives a full picture of what biblical holiness is, what it looks like in practice, and why it's so important for Christians to strive after it. It is also a book that feels very fresh and relevant even though it was written nearly 150 years ago. The same errors, weaknesses and m [...]

    18. I concur with John Stott's reply when asked what one book would he recommend to someone starting out in ministry, "J.C. Ryle's Holiness!"This book inspired, convicted, challenged, motivated, and ministered to me in so many ways. To be honest, any Christian who would take the time to read, meditate, and ponder the truths contained in this book will be the better Christian for it. The first three chapters alone (Sin, Sanctification, & Holiness) were as powerful as any I have ever read on the s [...]

    19. This is one of the best books I've read in recent months. JC Ryle is imminently quoted by such authors as RC Sproull and John Piper. He was a 19th century Anglican clergyman primarily in the Liverpool area. His legacy is one of authentic personal holiness and unashamed appeals to all believers in this area.On so many levels I am indebted to Ryle for a more complete understanding on the biblical view of holiness. Among the several qualities of the book, these stood out consistently through the wo [...]

    20. I'm not sure I have ever seen someone strike such a balance of Christ-centeredness and exhortation to reflect a life lived to Him - clearly dividing errors from truth when it comes to justification and sanctification. Finding the proper middle ground in this world of professing Christians who seem to either add works to salvation, have legalistic tendencies, or abandon the simple truth that true Christians should and do always reflect the light of our Saviour - if for no other reason than love f [...]

    21. I'm actually reading a compilation of Ryle's papers that is 281 pages in length and is larger book (by width and height) also called "Holiness" but I can't seem to find it on . This version on is only for the first paper entitled Holiness. I haven't finished all of the papers in the version I have but the papers on Holiness and Sanctification are excellent. Perhaps the best I've ever read on the subject. I highly recommend any believer who wants to dig deeper in what it means to be holy to read [...]

    22. Holiness is a classic on experimental Christianity and maybe the best I've read on the topic. Ryle clearly distinguishes between justification and sanctification and in a most encouraging way. Eminently pastoral, he pricks hard hearts and encourages the weak in every chapter. Do not be discouraged by the length of the book (480-ish pages), the typeset is large and the language is accessible. I highly recommend this book for anyone.

    23. I picked up this book off my wife's shelf due to its title. I was not familiar w JC Ryle. After reading it I was quite impressed with this late 1800s English Anglican (I think-he is not very sectarian) pastor. Very strong calls to real, authentic, and personal Christianity. He should be thought of in the same terms as Tozer, JI Packer, etc. If those names mean anything to you then I suspect you will like him.

    24. J.C. Ryle is a very gifted and to the point author. This is a necessary book (only after God's Word itself) for anyone interested in pursuing holiness and sanctification. The last half of the book feels like a selection of essays and sermons - each of which are very good - but makes the book seem less cohesive. Highest recommendations.

    25. Ryle's book is a solid exposition of The necessity of Biblical holiness. I can say with certainty that my soul was fed by his continual emphasis on the responsibility of man to rely wholly on Christ's work. Especially important, I think, is the distinction he makes between sanctification and justification. We should certainly be careful to never mingle the two.

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