Este un articol lung, dar necesar. ,,Pe voi înșivă încercați-vă dacă sunteți în credință!“
“Bear with me if I say things which at first sight look harsh and severe. Believe me—he is your best friend, who tells you the most truth.”
Editor’s Note: J.C. Ryle first wrote these words to his English congregation in 1878. His important message is as powerful today as when he first wrote it.
“Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord and see how they do.” (Acts 15:36).
The text which heads this page contains a proposal which the Apostle Paul made to Barnabas after their first missionary journey. He proposed to revisit the Churches they had been the means of founding, and to see how the were getting on. Were their members continuing steadfast in the faith? Were they growing in grace? Were they going forward—or standing still? Were they prospering, or falling away? “Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord—and see how they do.”
This was a wise and useful proposal. Let us lay it to heart, and apply it to ourselves in the nineteenth century. Let us search our ways, and find out how matters stand between ourselves and God. Let us “see how we do.” I ask every reader of this volume to begin its perusal by joining me in self-inquiry. If ever self-inquiry about religion was needed—it is needed at the present day.