bonus: quote on the parable of the sower

Here is a quote to follow-up tonight's message on the parable of the sower:

Feelings, no doubt, fill a most important role in our personal Christianity. Without them there can be no saving religion. Hope and joy and peace and love and fear are things which must be felt, if they really exist. But it must never be forgotten that there are religious affections which are spurious and false and spring from nothing better than animal excitement. It is quite possible to feel great pleasure or deep alarm under the preaching of the Gospel and yet be utterly destitute of the grace of God. The tears of some hearers of sermons and the extravagant delight of others are no certain sign of conversion. We may be warm admirers of favorite preachers and yet remain nothing better than rocky-ground hearers. We should be content with nothing less than a deep, humbling, self-mortifying work of the Holy Spirit and a uniting of hearts with Christ. - JC Ryle

May God give great mercy and grace and unite many in five15 to Christ!

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