The empty, oilless, flameless lamp!

(Octavius Winslow, "The God of Light")

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, "Please give 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.

It is easy; nothing easier, more deceptive or fatal; than to make a religious profession, adopt a religious ceremonial, 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 habiliments of others; but robed in Christ's true and joyous garments of salvation, "girded with the golden girdle" of truth, holiness, and love.

Bear not to death's gate the empty, oilless, flameless lamp of a mere religious profession.