Your religious knowledge

  As the sun is seen in its own light, so is Christ; we can never behold Him believingly and comfortably, but in the light of His Own Spirit.  “For with Thee is the fountain of life; in Thy light we shall see light” (Psalm 36:98).                                                                                                    Augustus Toplady

See to it that your religious knowledge is not borrowed from a church, or from a minister, or from a creed–but is derived directly and only from Christ. Let your knowledge of Christ, your faith in Christ, your love to Christ, your obedience to Christ, be the test and the measure of the light that is in you. Is there not a great danger of borrowing our religious thoughts, sentiments, and phraseology, from others? And was not this the case with the foolish virgins in the parable, when they exclaimed, “Pleasegive us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out!” (Matthew 25:8). Oh, it is of the utmost importance that our religious light is not a borrowed or false light. See that your religion is your own–the personal, vital experience of your own heart. Nothing is easier, or more deceptive or fatal–than to make a religious profession, adopt a religious ritual, imitate the experience, and quote the language of others.

A borrowed or a counterfeit religion is of all religions, the most ensnaring and dangerous! Do not go to the grave clad in the religious apparel of others, but robed in Christ’s true and joyous garments of salvation, girded with the golden belt of truth, holiness, and love. Do not carry  the empty, oilless, flameless lamp of a mere religious profession, to death’s gate!                             Octavius Winslow

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