Almost Christian

Posted: July 11, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Discipleship

There are many whom I must call “almost Christians,” for I know no other expression in the Bible, which so exactly describes their state. They have many things about them which are right, good and praiseworthy in the sight of God. They are regular and moral in their lives. They are free from glaring outward sins. They keep up many decent and proper habits. They appear to love the preaching of the Gospel. They are not offended at the truth as it is in Jesus, however plainly it may be spoken. They have no objection to religious company, religious books, and religious talk. They agree to all you say when you speak to them about their souls. And all this is well.

But still there is no movement in the hearts of these people that even a microscope can detect. They are like those who stand still. Weeks after weeks, years after years roll over their heads, and they are just where they were. They sit under our pulpits. They approve of our sermons. And yet, like Pharaoh’s lean cows, they are nothing the better, apparently, for all they receive. There is always the same regularity about them—the same constant attendance on means of grace—the same wishing and hoping—the same way of talking about religion—but there is nothing more. There is no going forward in their Christianity. There is no life, and heart, and reality in it. Their souls seem to be at a deadlock. And all this is sadly wrong.

~ J.C. Ryle

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  1. susanshanks says:

    These people remind me of a person, written about by Paul, near the end of the Book of Acts.
    His name is Agrippa – the “almost persuaded” person, who wanted to hear Paul’s testimony.
    Almost persuaded is exactly like almost pregnant! “Almost” never did make it. To me, that is especially sad…when we stand before Christ the “almost persuaded” will hear Christ say “Depart from Me, ye cursed!” Nothing could be more heartbreaking!

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