I scoured the internet today and found nothing of value that I wanted to pass on to my faithful readers. Instead I want to share some quotes from a book that I’ve started reading called Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen. I became acquainted with this book through Tim Challies’ site.
I’m actually a little behind on this week’s reading, but have already come across some really thought provoking quotes. I throw a few of them out there for you now to ponder and discuss with me:
– The type of religion which rejoices in the pious sound of traditional phrases, regardless of their meanings, or shrinks from “controversial” matters, will never stand amid the shocks of life. In the sphere of religion, as in other spheres, the things about which men are agreed are apt to be the things that are least worth holding; the really important things are the things about which men will fight.
– But if any one fact is clear, on the basis of this evidence, it is that the Christian movement at its inception was not just a way of life in the modern sense, but a way of life founded upon a message. It was based, not upon mere feeling, not upon a mere program of work, but upon an account of facts. In other words it was based upon doctrine.
– Christ will do everything or nothing, and the only hope is to throw ourselves unreservedly on His mercy and trust Him for all.
– “Christ died”–that is history; “Christ died for our sins”–that is doctrine. Without these two elements, joined in an absolutely indissoluble union, there is no Christianity.
Thoughts? Questions? Feel free to comment below.