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Two different Religions ?

Well, Happy New Year folks.  I gave the blog a sabbatical for the busy last stretch of Fall and the Holidays, but I was a busy little bugger reading and thinking about the direction of my own posts.

This past Fall, I came upon a Book, “Christianity & Liberalism,” by J. Gresham Machen.   The book was first published in 1923.  Machen was by no means a “Fundamental Extremist.”  He was a Presbyterian pastor, who could see the damage Progressive thinkers were going to do to the churches of America.

Only a fool could be myopic enough to deny that America’s traditional denominations are in a death spiral.  The evidence is clearly in the numbers.  A lot of churches are more empty than full, and have been forced to make drastic staff cuts.  Hence, a new buzz word for Pastor’s is popping up:  Bi-vocational.  It’s a nice sounding euphemism that means a church is tanking and can’t afford to pay their pastor a full-time salary.

So, now we have churches that suffer from Progressivism or Traditionalism adding another problem; insufficient shepherding.

I would recommend Machen’s book to anyone who is trying to make sense of our current mess and figure out, “what happened to our church?”  The full impact of what he foresaw really came to fruition in the 1960’s when Progressive thinkers got a stranglehold on many American colleges and seminaries.

Here then are a few of J. Gresham Machen’s thoughts from 1923:

“ . . . the great redemptive religion which has always been known as Christianity is battling against a totally diverse type of religious belief, which is only the more destructive of the Christian faith because it makes use of traditional Christian terminology.  This modern, non-redemptive religion is called “modernism” or “Liberalism.”

“In the intellectual battle of the present day there can be no “peace without victory”;  one side or the other must win.”

“. . . it may appear that what the liberal theologian has retained after abandoning to the enemy one Christian doctrine after another is not Christianity at all, but a religion which is so clearly different from Christianity as to belong in a distinct category. . .”

“But the Christian religion which is meant is certainly not the religion of the modern liberal church, but a message of divine grace, almost forgotten now, as it was in the middle ages, but destined to burst forth once more in God’s good time, in a new Reformation, and bring light and freedom to mankind.”

* The above quotes are all from Chapter 1 of “Christianity & Liberalism.”



Editor’s Note:  As Joshua once said, “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”  I have no interest in further dialogue with Progressive thinkers.  I will dedicate my life to my flock and to a New Reformation, wherever possible. 

If you contact me, please don’t take offense if I do not respond.  More than anything, it’s an issue of time management.  I have no more time to waste in pointless “dialogue.” No disrespect is intended.