One of the men who has become a hero of the faith for me through the years is John Charles Ryle. I was first introduced to J.C. Ryle through his book, Holiness, which still ranks at the very top of my favorite books. I found a great website the other day that puts up daily quotes from his various writings. If you ever come across anything with his name on it, pick it up and read it. Your mind and your soul will thank you for it!
Here are a few quotes about the man himself in case you’re not familiar with him:
“From his conversion [in 1837] to his burial [in 1900] , J.C. Ryle was entirely one-dimensional. He was a one-book man; he was steeped in Scripture; he bled Bible. As only Ryle could say, “It is still the first book which fits the child’s mind when he begins to learn religion, and the last to which the old man clings as he leaves the world.”
This is WHY his works have lasted—and will last—they bear the stamp of eternity. Today, more than a hundred years after his passing, Ryle’s works stand at the crossroads between the historic faith and modern evangelicalism. Like signposts, they direct us to the “old paths.” And, like signposts, they are meant to be read.”
~ Charles Nolan Publishers
“He [J.C. Ryle] was great through the abounding grace of God. He was great in stature; great in mental power; great in spirituality; great as a preacher and expositor of God’s most holy Word; great in hospitality; great as a writer of Gospel tracts; great as a Bishop of the Reformed Evangelical Protestant Church in England, of which he was a noble defender; great as first Bishop of Liverpool.”
“I am bold to say, that perhaps few men in the nineteenth century did as much for God, for truth, and for righteousness, among the English speaking race, and in the world, as our late Bishop.”
~ Richard Hobson, three days after Ryle’s burial in 1900.