“Many people will put up with anything in religion, if they may only have a quiet life. They have a morbid dread of what they call ‘controversy.’ They are filled with a morbid fear of what they style, in a vague way, ‘party spirit,’ though they never define clearly what party spirit is. They are possessed with a morbid desire to keep the peace, and make all things smooth and pleasant, even though it be at the expense of truth. So long as they have outward calm, smoothness, stillness, and order, they seem content to give up everything else. I believe they would have thought with Ahab that Elijah was a troubler of Israel, and would have helped the princes of Judah when they put Jeremiah in prison, to stop his mouth. I have no doubt that many of these men of whom I speak, would have thought that Paul at Antioch was a very imprudent man, and that he went too far!

“I believe this is all wrong. We have no right to expect anything but the pure Gospel of Christ, unmixed and unadulterated, – the same Gospel that was taught by the Apostles, – to do good to the souls of men. I believe that to maintain this pure truth in the Church men should be ready to make any sacrifice, to hazard peace, to risk dissension, and run the chance of division. They should no more tolerate false doctrine than they would tolerate sin. They should withstand any adding to or taking away from the simple message of the Gospel of Christ.”


(J.C. Ryle, Warnings to the Churches, “The Fallibility of Ministers,” Chpt. 6, original publication date: 1858, reprint 1967 by Banner of Truth)

J. C. Ryle on Contending for the Gospel of Christ


2 thoughts on “J. C. Ryle on Contending for the Gospel of Christ

  1. Eliza says:

    Amen! Unfortunately tolerance of false doctrine is deep and wide within the visible church and many who are esteemed leaders and teachers within the evangelical church tolerate all sorts of heresy for dubious reasons. We must individually make a stand for the truth as if our very lives depended upon it, because they do! God bless us.


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