Do Not Sacrifice the Truth upon the Altar of Peace

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The works and words of J.C. Ryle have spoken wisdom and truth into the lives of many Christians. In the book, Warnings to the Churches, Ryle addresses the many dangers facing the church in his time, dangers that continue to run rampant even now. It is common to hear the cries today of “peace” and “unity” among professing Christians, yet often these goals are sought at the expense of the truth as set forth in the Word of God. Ryle warns against such compromise.

Peace without truth is a false peace; it is the very peace of the devil. Unity without the Gospel is a worthless unity; it is the very unity of hell. Let us never be ensnared by those who speak kindly of it. Let us remember the words of our Lord Jesus Christ: ‘Think not that I came to send peace upon earth. I came not to send peace, but a sword’ (Matt. 10:34). Let us remember the praise He gives to one of the churches in the Revelation: ‘Thou canst not bear them who are evil. Thou hast tried them which say they are Apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars’ (Rev. 2:2). Let us remember the blame He casts upon another: ‘Thou sufferest that woman Jezebel to teach’ (Rev. 2:20). Never let us be guilty of sacrificing any portion of truth upon the altar of peace. Let us rather be like the Jews, who, if they found any manuscript copy of the Old Testament Scriptures incorrect in a single letter, burned the whole copy, rather than run the risk of losing one jot or tittle of the Word of God. Let us be content with nothing short of the whole Gospel of Christ.

J.C. RYLE, WARNINGS TO THE CHURCHES, (BANNER OF TRUTH TRUST: 2007), 106.