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Righteous or Religious?

Consider this,—if the righteous be scarcely saved, where will you, and such as you, bitter scoffers, neglecters of ordinances, haters of the power of godliness and the purity of religion, appear? You whose pride and folly, or whose formality, lukewarmness, and superstition, whose company and society, whose ways and daily walking, proclaim you to be wholly strangers to this concernment of believers,—I say, what will be your lot and portion?

Consider how useless you are in this world. You bring no glory to God, but dishonour; and whereas by any outward acts you may suppose you do good sometimes to men, know that you do more hurt every day than you do good all your lives. How many are by you ensnared into hell! how many hardened! how many destroyed, by living in formality or profaneness!

~John Owen

from a sermon entitled Of Walking Humbly With Godvolume 9 of Works, page 130

One comment on “Righteous or Religious?

  1. This quote does a great job of separating those speak with words from those who speak with actions. I think most people will use the phrase “actions speak louder than words” to judge others, but seldom look at themselves through that same lens.

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