Church-membership is no foundation of hope. We may belong to the best of Churches, and yet never belong to Christ. We may fill our pew regularly every Sunday, and hear the sermons of orthodox, ordained clergymen, and yet never hear the voice of Jesus, or follow Him.
If we have nothing better than Church-membership to rest upon we are in a poor plight—we have nothing solid beneath our feet. Christ Himself is the only true foundation of a good hope.
~ J.C. Ryle
Tract: Our Hope