Yet, there is, in the Christian life, no room for despair.  Only, our hopefulness should not be founded on the sand.  It should be founded, not upon a blind ignorance of the danger, but solely upon the precious promises of God.  Laymen, as well as ministers, should return, in these trying days, to the study of the Word of God.

If the Word of God be heeded, the Christian battle will be fought both with love and with faithfulness.  Party passions and personal animosities will be put away but, on the other hand, even angels from heaven will be rejected if they preach a gospel different from the blessed gospel of the cross.  Every man must decide upon which side he will stand.  God grant that we may decide aright!

What the immediate future may bring we cannot presume to say.  The final result, indeed, is clear.  God has not deserted His church.  He has brought her through even darker hours than those which try our courage now, yet the darkest hour has always come before the dawn.  We have, today, the entrance of paganism into the church in the name of Christianity.  But, in the second century, a similar battle was fought and won.  From another point of view, modern liberalism is like the legalism of the middle ages, with its dependence upon the merit of man.  And another Reformation, in God’s good time, will come.

From: Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen (New York: Macmillan, 1923), p. 178.


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