Monday Morning Exhortation from Ryle

Let me, then, advise you most strongly not to be ashamed of holding decided views about the first things [referring to Christ’s death and resurrection, see 1 Corinthians 15:3-4], the foundation truths of religion. Your lot is cast in a day of free thought, free handling, and free inquiry. There is a widespread dislike to doctrinal decision and what is called dogmatism, and none perhaps are so exposed to its influence as the young. The natural generosity, unsuspiciousness, and love of fair play, of a young man’s heart, make him shrink from taking up very positive theological views, and holding opinions which may even seem to be narrow, party-spirited, or illiberal. The temptation of the present day is to be content with a vague earnestness, to abstain from all sharply cut and distinct views, to be an honorary member of all schools of thought, and to maintain that no man can be unsound in the faith if he exhibits zeal and works hard.

– J.C. Ryle, The Upper Room, pp. 69-70.

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