J.C. Ryle on Worship

by Frank Jones

"Men take readily to 'a sensuous, histrionic [theatrical, melodramatic] religion.' 'It is the religion that the natural heart likes, but it is not the religion of God.'

There is a natural proneness and tendency in us all to give God a sensual, carnal worship, and not that which is commanded in His Word. We are ever ready, by reason of our sloth and unbelief, to devise visible helps and stepping-stones in our approaches to Him ... Any worship whatsoever is more pleasing to the natural heart, than worshipping God in the way which our Lord Jesus Christ describes, 'in spirit and in truth' (John 4:23)."

(Iain Murray, J.C. Ryle: Prepared to Stand Alone, 226)