First published in 1967 and reprinted in 1992, Bishop J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) published a work that should be read by every pastor and member of a Bible-believing local church. Entitled “Warnings to the Churches,” Ryle’s burden was to encourage strong and serious Christian living. Ryle lamented in his day that, “I fear much for many professing Christians. I see no sign of fighting in them, much less of victory. They never strike one stroke on the side of Christ. They are at peace with His enemies. They have no quarrel with sin. I often fear much for those who hear the Gospel regularly. I fear lest you become so familiar with the sound of its doctrines, that insensibly you become dead to its power. I fear lest your religion should sink down into vague talk about your own weakness and corruption, and a few sentimental expressions about Christ, while real, practical fighting on Christ’s side is altogether neglected. Oh! Beware of this state of mind. This is not Christianity. This is not the way to heaven.” [Read more…] about The Church’s Call to Strong and Serious Christian Living!