Quote of the Day

Knox Presbyterian Church put this quote in their Facebook status this morning. This is crucial for us as believers to understand. Don’t tell me about your Jesus and show me your evangelistic zeal when you have no love for your own family. Your claims are false and you make a mockery of your doctrine.

“Doctrine is useless if it is not accompanied by a holy life. It is worse than useless; it does positive harm. Something of ‘the image of Christ’ must be seen and observed by others in our private life, and habits, and character, and doings.” – J.C. Ryle

2 thoughts on “Quote of the Day

  1. Ingrid Schlueter says:

    For years in the far right of the IFB world, (Independent Fundamental Baptists) Jack Hyles was revered as a Great Man of God. (Capitalization is deliberate.) In fact, to this day, some members of his family continue to keep his memory on a throne. His daughter Linda, however, wrote an open letter recently to people at First Baptist Hammond. It came on the heels of Hyles’ son-in-law and heir to his throne, Jack Schaap, being sentenced to federal prison for sexually abusing a teen girl he was counseling. This letter underscores the truth of the quote I posted. The public image versus the private reality has to match in front of your children. Not perfection. I’m not talking perfection. Children thrive in an atmosphere where repentance and apologies and forgiveness are abundant. Remove those things and you are living a lie that harms your children. Here’s Linda’s deeply moving letter. That some continue to prefer the image to the reality surprises me not at all. Do not ever tamper with an idol among fundamentalists. Idolaters possess a frightening blindness.


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