"The Preachers chiefly shall take heed that they teach nothing in their preaching, which they would have the people religiously to observe and believe, but that which is agreeable to the Doctrine of the Old Testament and the New, and that which the Catholick Fathers and Ancient Bishops have gathered out of that Doctrine." A proposed canon of Elizabeth I, 1571

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I am a presbyter in the diocese of Fort Worth, Texas (Anglican Church in North America). I serve as Chaplain at St. Vincent's School and as a canon of St. Vincent's Cathedral Church in Bedford, Texas. In addition to my parish duties and teaching Religion classes in the school I am also the Middle School Social Studies teacher.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Show the colors!

Whatever others around you think, don’t you ever be ashamed of being a Christian. Let them laugh, mock, jest, and scoff, if they will. They will not scoff in the hour of death and in the day of judgment. Hoist your flag; show your colors; nail them to the mast. You may certainly be ashamed of drinking, gambling, lying, swearing, idleness, pride, and failing to go to church on the Lord’s Day. But of reading the Bible, praying, and belonging to Christ, you have no cause to be ashamed at all. Let those laugh that will. A good soldier is never ashamed of the colors of his nation’s flag, and his uniform. Be careful that you are never ashamed of your Master.

~ J.C. Ryle, Practical Religion, “Our Home”, [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1998], 401.

Bishop Ryle's critique of "ritualism" was way over the top, but the man has seldom been equaled in his zeal for the Gospel and his incisive way of convicting a believer.


Blogger JOT1016 said...

An excellent admonition from Bishop Ryle. Your comment after the quote is the best and most succinct encapsulation of J.C. Ryle. Wow!

5:07 PM  
Blogger RMBruton said...

Please illustrate how Bishop Ryle's critique of Ritualism was "way over the top".

12:31 PM  
Blogger RMBruton said...

John Broadhurst has shown his colours and they are yellow and white, but many knew that a long time ago. I listened to the recorded addresses from the recent Forward in Faith Conference, just go to their website. Your own bishop told of his experiences with lawsuits and touched, very briefly, on the Ordinariate. What he said about it makes me wonder if he is considering it more seriously and if so, how wedded is he to the ac/na? The remarks by the FiFNA representative showed the continued naiveté of those who believe they will achieve full communion with the OCA. He had nothing to say about the Ordinariate. Bishop Iker mentioned that a few priests are leaving the diocese of Ft Worth for Rome, I wonder how many, if any, will leave Quincy and San Joacquun? As ac/na adopt a more Independent Catholic and Convergentist direction, will Anglo-Catholics stay or look more towards Rome?

4:21 PM  

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