Giving Up Things You Cling To!

Heart-religion is too holy to be popular. It will not leave natural man alone. It interferes with his worldliness and his sins. It requires of him things that he hates and despises–conversion, faith, repentance, spiritual-mindedness, Bible-reading, and prayer. It commands him to give up what he loves and clings to, and refuses to lay aside. It would be strange indeed if he liked it. It crosses his path as a kill-joy and a troublemaker, and it is absurd to expect that he will be pleased with it.

–J.C. Ryle, “Practical Religion”

Catechism-Part 3

Q 6: Did God create man so wicked and perverse?

A. By no means, but God created man good[1] and after His own image,[2] that is, in righteousness and true holiness,[3] that he might rightly know God his Creator,[4] heartily love Him, and live with Him in eternal blessedness, to glorify Him and praise Him.[5]

[1] Gen 1:31; [2] Gen 1:26-27 [3] Eph 4:242 Cor 3:18; [4] Col 3:10; [5] Ps 8

Q 7: From where, then, does this depravity of human nature come?

A. From the fall and disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, in Paradise,[1] from them our nature became so corrupt[2] that we are all conceived and born in sin.[3]

[1] Gen 3; [2] Rom 5:1218-19; [3] Ps 14:2-351:5

8. But are we so depraved that we are completely incapable of any good and prone to all evil?

A. Yes,[1] unless we are born again by the Spirit of God.[2]

[1] Gen 6:58:21Job 14:4Isa 53:6Jer 17:9Jn 3:6Rom 7:18; [2] Jn 3:3-5A