Ignorance of Scripture is the root of all error

Posted: June 7, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Discipleship

Let us read our Bibles in private more, and with more pains and diligence. Ignorance of Scripture is the root of all error, and makes a person helpless in the hand of the devil. There is less private Bible reading, I suspect, than there was fifty years ago. I never can believe that so many men and women would have been “tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine,” some falling into skepticism, some rushing into the wildest and narrowest fanaticism, and some going over to Rome, if there had not grown up a habit of lazy, superficial, careless, perfunctory reading of God’s Word. “You do err not knowing the Scriptures” (Matt. 22:29). The Bible in the pulpit must never supersede the Bible at home.

~ J.C. Ryle

  1. Steve Green says:

    As with so many of your postings, my heart felt reply is “ain’t it just awful!” Once again you have lived up to my expectations of “A Glorious Revolution.” Most every reading helps me see in a “past timing” way how “awefull” life is…. or was that “awe full?”… I am so thankful that we have the absolute truth in your posting and we are not at all like those terrible non covenant, non ah mill, non Calvinist heatherns [sic]. It is so easy to see how dangerous Bible interpretation is outside the Westminster Catechism boys (no women of course)… Of course Beza, Perkins, and others before the Westminster ones are allowed to be followed for the only correct way to know exactly what the Bible says. No wonder there is so much error in the world today. Only postings like this remind us of the only source for absolute Bible truth…. namely what our Calvinist forefathers tell us it is… Keep it up, guys…. And thank you for keeping women’s theological thoughts out of it, also!

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