“True belief in Christ is the unreserved trust of a heart convinced of sin, in Christ, as an all-sufficient Saviour. It is the combined act of the whole man’s head, conscience, heart, and will” J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p183).
“Solemn is it to realize that there are now in Hell multitudes of men and women who on earth were visited with deep conviction of sin, whose awakened conscience made them conscious of their rebellion against their Maker, who were made to feel something of the reality of the everlasting burnings, and the justice of God meting out such punishment to those who spurn His authority and trample His laws beneath their feet. How solemn to realize that many of those who experienced such convictions were aroused to flee from the wrath to come, and became very zealous and diligent in seeking to escape the torments of Hell, and who under the instinct of self-preservation took up with ‘religion’ as offering the desired means of escape. And how unspeakably solemn to realize that many of those poor souls fell victim to men who spoke ‘smooth things,’ assuring them that they were the objects of God’s love, and that nothing more was needed than to ‘receive Christ as your personal Savior.’ How unspeakably solemn, we say, that such souls look to Christ merely as a fire-escape,who never—from a supernatural work of the Spirit in their hearts—surrendered to Christ as Lord.” A.W. Pink (ref#269, p72-73).
“Believing on Christ, again, is not mere feelingsomething about Christ. This is often no more than temporary excitement…We may be pricked in conscience, and feel drawings toward the Gospel…We may even tremble and weep, and show much affection for the truth and those that profess it. And yet all this time our hearts and wills may remain utterly unchanged, and secretly chained down to the world. Doubtless there is no saving faith where there is no feeling. But feeling alone is not faith” J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p 182-183).
“Believing in Christ is no mere intellectual assent….Doubtless there must be some knowledge before we can believe. There is no true religion in ignorance. But knowledge alone is not saving faith” J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p182).