I first read this book years ago (and that review is already logged) but I had loaned the book to someone who decided he needed it worse than I. Eventually I obtained another copy and finally had reason to read it again. Ryrie first published the book in 1969 and it went through five printings by 1973. Balance may have been the right word for the times, but I read it looking for better discussion on how believers walk with God. I was not disappointed. Often I have found that good men who wrote on a subject before certain controversies developed give a better explanation than those contemporaries. His section on Lordship Salvation is still very good, long before the current controversy. Ryrie “balanced” the idea of spirituality between a legalism on one hand and a license on the other–a common way to present it, but an older and better way to do it. Our spiritual walk, says Ryrie, is our spiritual walk, i.e., we do not “let go and let God” do it all for us, but neither do we rely only on ourselves. “Again the human and divine are joined in the matter of walking in the Spirit (Gal. 5:16).” When asked if there is a secret to walking with God he responds, “Is there a ‘secret’ for victory in this area? Yes, there is, and it is no secret!” And Ryrie closes the book with, “This is the road to spiritual life–a dedicated life that is disciplined, dependent and developing. This is the ‘secret’ of spiritual success; and yet it is no secret, being plainly revealed in God’s Word.” Charles Ryrie was one of my favorite writers. I would still place this book at or near the top for someone seeking to have a closer walk with God.
- God Who Is Our Master — It is overwhelming for the human mind to try to contemplate God. “For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been his counselor?” (Rom. 11:34). “Shall any teach God knowledge? Seeing he judgeth those that are high” (Job 21:22). Yet Solomon advised his son to seek the knowledge of God: My [...]
- Made Right But Broken — When we think about our walk with God, it is important to remember both our position in Christ and our relationship with Christ. Salvation makes us secure in our position: “We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Christ once for all” (Heb. 10:10). But our walk with God is a matter of [...]
- Can We Walk With God? — One has only to read the Scripture to know that a believer should walk with God. “That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory” (1 Thes. 2:12). “As ye have therefore received Jesus Christ the Lord, so walk ye in him” (Col. 2:6). “If we live in [...]
- The Real Hate Crime — Our world is full of contradictions. We all see them and do them to some degree. What was once called free love was no more than unrestrained lust. What is called pro-choice is really a horrid restriction on another person’s chance to live. What one person insists is his right to marry the same sex [...]
- The Law of Liberty — The “Law of Liberty” has always struck me as a perfect oxymoron. How can you be under the law if you are at liberty? Or how can you be at liberty if you are under the law? Isn’t this kind of like jumbo shrimp? How can you have it both ways? Yet the New Testament [...]