Today, I would like to begin a journey with you: Let’s read Holiness by J. C. Ryle together. I will show you where I agree and where I disagree with this book, and in this process we will grow together in the Lord. Please pick up a copy of this book and read along.
In this chapser, Ryle discusses the errors in his day where preachers get it wrong about holiness. He mentions how they emphasize faith—that faith is the only thing we need to be holy in Christ. I won’t know the preachers, but there are those that mention 1 John 1:9 and try to explain it away instead of just take the Word at face value. They also say that it isn’t true that the unrepentant sinner goes to hell because we continually sin even in our thoughts. It seems as though there are certain words of Scripture they refuse to believe and pass it off as “revelation from the Spirit,” when the Spirit wouldn’t contradict His Word that He laid down for millennia.
It is true that God forgave us of our sins for past, present and future, but these preachers make the hard truths a little softer to soothe the conscience. They may be well-intentioned and even be hard in some respects as to say, “You shouldn’t watch TV because there is unbelief in everything we see these days,” but then in another breath there is no substance in their teachings because of what I mentioned above. Such teachers are to be taken lightly.
He continues in his discourse concerning fighting against sin. He confesses that it is the power of the Spirit that helps us to do this, but there is very little emphasis on this. John Bevere one time did research and discovered a survey where only 1.9 percent of Christians in America believe that grace is “God’s empowerment,” which is sad. It is because of the teaching that is being put out today. Isaiah Saldivar talks continually about the “Power of God,” even though he may not emphatically tell us to “repent of our sins and ask God to give us the strength to overcome that sin.” He, like Christ, talks about the “kingdom of God.” He emphasizes works as much as Ryle, but he emphasizes the Power of God just as much. There is a balance. This is where I dislike the reformers’ teaching. They don’t teach the full Word like Christ. They only teach what they want to teach, namely, the works part of the Word, and this is why we have sin running rampant in the Church today. The Bible says that the law lets us know of what sin we have (Romans 7:7). It also says that the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life (2 Corinthians 3:4-6). You as a reformer may say that you believe in and trust in the Power of God, but you don’t like Jesus Christ eid! Look at the gospels. What did He emphasize more than anything else? He healed people, He laid hands on the sick (one of the foundational doctrines of the Christian faith) (see Hebrews 6:1-2), He ressurrected the dead (another of the Christian foundations; also see Hebrews 6:1-2), He cast out demons (which He also promised would be a sign of the Believer; also see Mark 16:15-19), and of course He did talk about works. He did talk about the things in which you make so important. However, we need to look at the whole of Scripture and not just pick and choose which parts we must follow. This is it for today’s blog because I want you to spend some time in prayer concerning this. Also, I have some resources for you to listen to.
I mentioned one already. However, I am going to give you a list of resources for you to consider. You may not like Pastor Mike Signorelli of V1 Church because he listens to Steven Furtick (personally, I like Furtic but I say that because he’s controversial in some circles and so is Joseph Prince), and that is most certainly okay. I have more resources for you. Isaiah Saldivar is just as strict as you concerning the Bible, so you may like him. Another person that stopped listening to but you may like is Hannah Williamson, who is also very strict on the Word of God.
I don’t listen to him much but will soon. Again, I’m just giving you some resources and you can pick and choose which ones you like (you must choose some though because they do preach deliverance and the whole of the Word of God. It is a danger to interpret Ephesians 6 like Ryle did). Here is a list:
- Jennifer LeClaire Ministries
- Vlad Savchuk
- Bob Larson… The Real Exorcist! (Be careful judging Bob because he calls himself an Exorcist, saying, “This was a gift of the Spirit and there was never anyone in the Bible that called themselves an Exorcist. Be careful!” We must understand that if everything were written in the Bible, it would be too big for it and the creation of God to be in one space. God would have to create two earths to contain both (I’m paraphrazing; see John 21:25). Don’t miss out on someone’s ministry God ordained because of only your prejudices.
- Look up and read the books of Derek Prince. He has now passed away, but still has YouTube channels that allow his legacy through Christ to continue on, one of which just simply has his name, the other being entitled, “Derek Prince Ministries, The Netherlands,” or something like that.
- Alexander Pagani Ministries
- There are others that I cannot remember, but if you will find Revival Lifestyle with Isaiah Saldivar, you will be introduced to tuns more resources that you can pick from.
I now want to show you a video I made about this very topic:
I hope this helps you to understand things more clearly and that you will prayerfully consider the comments, resources and video I have mentioned above. If you enjoy this, please both subscribe to my YouTube Channel, like the video, comment and share and also follow this blog and do the same to this. God bless!