Jellyfish Christianity – J.C. Ryle

“The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin!” 1 John 1:7

One plague of our age, is the widespread dislike to sound doctrine. In the place of it, the idol of the day is a kind of jellyfish Christianity–a Christianity without bone, or muscle, or sinew–without any distinct teaching about the atonement, or the work of the Spirit, or justification, or the way of peace with God–a vague, foggy, misty Christianity, of which the only watchwords seem to be, “You must be liberal and kind. You must condemn no man’s doctrinal views. You must think everybody is right–and nobody is wrong.”

And this spineless kind of religion, we are told, is to give us peace of conscience! And not to be satisfied with it in a sorrowful, dying world–is a proof that we are very narrow-minded! Satisfied, indeed! Such a religion might possibly do for unfallen angels! But to tell sinful, dying men and women to be satisfied with it–is an insult to common sense and a mockery of our distress. We need something far better than this. We need the sin-atoning blood of Christ!

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