Collection of various Christian Theology Quotes Index

TopicQuoteAuthorSourceChapterPageDate Added
Apologetics"They should not say, in the sense in which some laymen say it, that more time should be devoted to the propagation of Christianity, and less to the defense of Christianity. Certainly there should be propagation of Christianity. Believers should certainly not content themselves with warding off attacks, but should also unfold in an orderly and positive way the full riches of the gospel. But far more is usually meant by those who call for less defense and more propagation. What they really intend is the discouragement of the whole intellectual defense of the faith. And their words come as a blow in the face of those who are fighting the great battle. As a matter of fact, not less time, but more time, should be devoted to the defense of the gospel. Indeed, truth cannot be stated clearly at all without being set over against error."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)The Church1785/16/20
Apologetics"There may have been a day when there could be propagation of Christianity without defense. But such a day at any rate is past. At the present time, when the opponents of the gospel are almost in control of our churches, the slightest avoidance of the defense of the gospel is just sheer unfaithfulness to the Lord."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)The Church1785/16/20
Atonement"...we know absolutely nothing about an atonement that is not a vicarious atonement, for that is the only atonement of which the New Testament speaks."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1215/16/20
Atonement""We deserved eternal death, but the Lord Jesus, because He loved us, died instead of us on the cross"--surely there is nothing so very intricate about that. It is not the Bible doctrine of the atonement which is difficult to understand--what are really incomprehensible are the elaborate modern efforts to get rid of the Bible doctrine in the interests of human pride."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1225/16/20
Attributes of God“In the Christian view of God as set forth in the Bible, there are many elements. But one attribute of God is absolutely fundamental in the Bible; one attribute is absolutely necessary in order to render intelligible all the rest. That attribute is the awful transcendence of God. From beginning to end the Bible is concerned to set forth the awful gulf that separates the creature from the Creator. It is true, indeed, that according to the Bible God is immanent in the world. Not a sparrow falls to the ground without Him. But he is immanent in the world not because He is identified with the world, but because He is the free Creator and Upholder of it. Between the creature and the Creator a great gulf is fixed.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)God And Man635/12/20
Backsliding"To go back is nothing but death; to go forward is fear of death, and life everlasting beyond it: I will yet go forward."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a596/9/20
Belief“Do you stagger with amazement? Does your mind reel with amazement? Oh, let that not be the amazement of bewilderment, but may it be the amazement of believing and adoring wonder!”John MurrayO Death, Where Is Thy Sting?The Father's Love774/18/20
Believers“The persons to whom the Golden Rule is addressed are persons in whom a great change has been wrought--a change which fits them for entrance into the Kingdom of God. Such persons will have pure desires; they, and they only, can safely do unto others as they would have others do unto them, for the things that they would have others do unto them are high and pure.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Doctrine385/7/20
Believers"The truly penitent man glories in the supernatural, for he knows that nothing natural would meet his need; the world has been shaken once in his downfall, and shaken again it must be if he is to be saved."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ1095/16/20
Believers"The Christian man makes trial of the Christian message, and making trial of it he finds it to be true."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1265/16/20
Believers"Jesus rose from the dead into a new life of glory and power, and into that life He brings those for whom He died. The Christian, on the basis of Christ's redeeming work, not only has died unto sin, but also lives unto God."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1405/16/20
Believers"Every man must decide upon which side he will stand. God grant that we may decide aright!"J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)The Church1825/16/20
Bible"A Bible that is full of error is certainly divine in the modern pantheizing sense of “divine,” according to which God is just another name for the course of the world with all its imperfections and all its sin. But the God whom the Christian worships is a God of truth."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)The Bible775/15/20
Bible"I seek an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away; and it is laid up in Heaven, and safe there, to be bestowed, at the time appointed, on them that diligently seek it. Read it so, if you will, in my Book."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a186/9/20
Bible"If you believe not me, read here in this Book; and for the truth of what is expressed therein, behold all is confirmed by the blood of Him that made it."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a186/9/20
Bible"...What thing so pleasant, and what so profitable, as to talk of the things of God? What things so pleasant? That is, if a man hath any delight in things that are wonderful. For instance: if a man doth delight to talk of the history, or the mystery of things; or if a man doth love to talk of miracles, wonders, or signs, where shall he find things recorded so delightfully and so sweetly penned as in the Holy Scripture?"John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a1016/9/20
Brethren"But above all, the warm and joyful thoughts that they had about their own dwelling there with such company, and that forever and ever; oh, by what tongue or pen can their glorious joy be expressed!"John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a2156/9/20
Calvinism"A Calvinist is constrained to regard the Arminian theology as a serious impoverishment of the Scripture doctrine of divine grace, and equally serious is the view which the Arminian must hold as to the doctrine of the Reformed Churches. Yet here again, true evangelical fellowship is possible between those who hold, with regard to some exceedingly important matters, sharply opposing views."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Doctrine515/7/20
Charity"But if we really love our fellowmen we shall never be content with binding up their wounds or pouring on oil and wine or rendering them any such lesser service. We shall indeed do such things for them. But the main business of our lives will be to bring them to the Savior of their souls."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)The Church1625/16/20
Christian Life"Such is the Christian life--it is a life of conflict but it is also a life of hope. It views this world under the aspect of eternity; the fashion of this world passeth away, and all must stand before the judgment seat of Christ."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1525/16/20
Christian Life"Plainly, then, the Christian man may not simplify his problem by withdrawing from the business of the world, but must learn to apply the principles of Jesus even to the complex problems of modern industrial life."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1595/16/20
Christian Life"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, with new earnestness, to the study of the Word of God."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)The Church1825/16/20
Christianity"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."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Doctrine215/3/20
Christianity“...Christianity means that sin is faced once for all, and then is cast, by the grace of God, forever into the depths of the sea.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)God And Man675/12/20
Christianity"That hope runs all through the Christian life; Christianity is not engrossed by this transitory world, but measures all things by the thought of eternity."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1525/16/20
Christianity"The rejection of Christianity is due to various causes. But a very potent cause is simple ignorance. In countless cases, Christianity is rejected simply because men have not the slightest notion of what Christianity is."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)The Church1805/16/20
Church"The Church is the highest Christian answer to the social needs of man."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)The Church1635/16/20
Church"There have been previous great crises in the history of the Church, crises almost comparable to this. One appeared in the second century, when the very life of Christendom was threatened by the Gnostics. Another came in the Middle Ages when the gospel of God's grace seemed forgotten. In such times of crisis, God has always saved the Church. But He has always saved it not by theological pacifists, but by sturdy contenders for the truth."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)The Church1785/16/20
Church"Weary with the conflicts of the world, one goes into the Church to seek refreshment for the soul. And what does one find? Alas, too often, one finds only the turmoil of the world. The preacher comes forward, not out of a secret place of meditation and power, not with the authority of God's Word permeating his message, not with human wisdom pushed far into the background by the glory of the Cross, but with human opinions about the social problems of the hour or easy solutions of the vast problem of sin."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)The Church1845/16/20
Church"Is there no refuge from strife? Is there no place of refreshing where a man can prepare for the battle of life? Is there no place where two or three can gather in Jesus' name, to forget for the moment all those things that divide nation from nation and race from race, to forget human pride, to forget the passions of war, to forget the puzzling problems of industrial strife, and to unite in overflowing gratitude at the foot of the Cross? If there be such a place, then that is the house of God and that the gate of heaven. And from under the threshold of that house will go forth a river that will revive the weary world."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)The Church1845/16/20
Clergy"Shall we be satisfied with preachers who merely "do not deny" the Cross of Christ? God grant that such satisfaction may be broken down! The people are perishing under the ministrations of those who "do not deny" the Cross of Christ. Surely something more than that is needed. God send us ministers who, instead of merely avoiding denial of the Cross shall be on fire with the Cross, whose whole life shall be one burning sacrifice of gratitude to the blessed Savior who loved them and gave Himself for them!"J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)The Church1805/16/20
Condemnation"Why, I thought thus with myself; I have by my sins run a great way into God's Book, and my now reforming will not pay off that score. Therefore, I should think still, under all my present amendments, but how shall I be freed from that damnation that I brought myself in danger of by my former transgressions?"John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a1866/9/20
Condemnation"It made me see that all the world, notwithstanding all the righteousness thereof, is in a state of condemnation. It made me see that God the Father, though He be just, can justly justify the coming sinner. It made me greatly ashamed of the vileness of my former life, and confounded me with the sense of mine own ignorance; for there never came thought into my heart before now that showed me so the beauty of Jesus Christ. It made me love a holy life, and long to do something for the honor and glory of the name of the Lord Jesus. Yea, I thought that had I now a thousand gallons of blood in my body I could spill it all for the sake of the Lord Jesus."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a1926/9/20
Conviction“In such an age, it is obvious that every inheritance from the past must be subject to searching criticism; and as a matter of fact some convictions of the human race have crumbled to pieces in the test. Indeed, dependence of any institution upon the past is now sometimes even regarded as furnishing a presumption, not in favor of it, but against it. So many convictions have had to be abandoned that men have sometimes come to believe that all convictions must go.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Introduction35/3/20
Conviction“Proclamation of the law, in word and in deed, can prepare for the experience, but the experience itself comes from God. When a man has that experience, when a man comes under the conviction of sin, his whole attitude toward life is transformed; he wonders at his former blindness, and the message of the gospel, which formerly seemed to be an idle tale, becomes now instinct with light. But it is God alone who can produce the change.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)God And Man685/13/20
Conviction"Then I say, sometimes (as I think) they may; but they being naturally ignorant, understand not that such convictions tend to their good; and therefore they do desperately seek to stifle them, and presumptuously continue to flatter themselves in the way of their own hearts."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a2006/9/20
Creation"Whose godly vineyards and gardens are these? They are the King's, and are planted here for His own delights, and also for the solace of pilgrims."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a2076/9/20
Creator"Paul knows only two classes of people, those who worship and serve the Creator and those who worship and serve the creature more than the Creator...Men must at all costs be shown the folly of worshiping the creature; the issue between the two types of worshipers must never be blurred."Cornelius Van TilPaul at Athensn/a16/15/20
Creeds"...a creed is not a mere expression of Christian experience, but on the contrary it is a setting forth of those facts upon which experience is based."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Doctrine195/3/20
Cross"Without that central truth, all the rest is devoid of real meaning: an example of self-sacrifice is useless to those who are under both the guilt and thralldom of sin; the knowledge of God's hatred of sin can in itself bring only despair; an exhibition of the love of God is a mere display unless there was some underlying reason for the sacrifice. If the Cross is to be restored to its rightful place in Christian life, we shall have to penetrate far beneath the modern theories to Him who loved us and gave Himself for us."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1235/16/20
Death “If I should die e’er come tomorrow
Let there be no grief or sorrow
For I’ve been grateful for each day
For life, for love, for work, for play.

For moments of goodness certainly I’m glad
For moments wrong, forgiveness I’ve had
Yes, for moments good for moments sad
May the good of me o’er come the bad.

And success achieved on my last day
If a loved one or friend can sincerely say
From deep in their heart as they pray
Father, you wasted not this clay.
Warren M. Sims, Sr."Last Words" poemN/AN/A4/18/20
Debt"If a man runs a hundred pounds into the storekeeper's debt, and after that shall pay for all that he shall fetch; yet if his old debt stand still in the book uncrossed, the storekeeper may sue him for it, and cast him into prison till he shall pay the debt."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a1866/9/20
Deception"Believe me, there is nothing in all this noise that thou hast heard of these sottish men, but a design to beguile thee of thy salvation, by turning thee from the way in which I had set thee."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a346/9/20
Deism"According to the deistic view, God set the world going like a machine and then left it independent of Himself. Such a view is inconsistent with the actuality of the supernatural; the miracles of the Bible presuppose a God who is constantly watching over and guiding the course of this world."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ1035/16/20
Deity of Christ“The prophets said, "Thus saith the Lord," but Jesus said, "I say." We have no mere prophet here, no mere humble exponent of the will of God; but a stupendous Person speaking in a manner which for any other person would be abominable and absurd.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Doctrine365/7/20
Deity of Christ“This expression “the form of God” does not mean anything less than Godhood. We are not to be misled by the meaning we today attach to the word form. In the Greek language (and in the English language more than three hundred and fifty years ago) the word form points to the essence of a thing. In this case it means the reality of the fullness of Godhood, the sum of those perfections and attributes that belong to God and by reason of which he is God. So, when it is said of Christ Jesus the he was in “the form of God,” that has a richer meaning than to say simply that he was God. The accent falls, you see, upon the fullness of his Godhood, upon his being originally, natively, and essentially God in the full possession of all that is distinctive of God in his glory and majesty. That is the dignity of his divine identity, the dignity of unabridged deity.”John MurrayO Death, Where Is Thy Sting?Let This Mind Be In You1324/29/20
Deliverance"Is there one of you, then, brethren, desirous of being made new—of being delivered from the slavery of sinful habits and affections? We can point you to no other remedy but the love of Christ."R.M. M'CheyneSermons of Robert Murray M'CheyneThe Love of Christ115/22/20
Depravity“For such people [pilgrims], the more they pilgrimage to the city which hath the foundations [Hebrews 11:10], the more they are being convinced of their own utter helplessness and their own utter vileness. You might think that’s a contradiction, but it is always the case that wherever there is true advance in holiness, in sainthood, that person becomes more and more deeply convinced of his own utter depravity.”John MurrayO Death, Where Is Thy Sting?The Power of God unto Salvation155/3/20
Disciples"Why then did the early Christians call themselves disciples of Jesus, why did they connect themselves with His name? The answer is not difficult. They connected themselves with His name not because He was their example in their ridding themselves of sin, but because their method of ridding themselves of sin was by means of Him."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ935/15/20
Disciples"If you will go with us you must go against wind and tide; the which, I perceive, is against your opinion. You must also own Religion in his rags, as well as when in his silver slippers; and stand by him, too, when bound in irons, as well as when he walketh the streets with applause."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a1336/9/20
Disciples"These pilgrims are come from the city of Destruction, for the love that they bear to the King of this place."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a2166/9/20
Discouragement"So that if you are visited with seasons of coldness and indifference—if you begin to be weary, or lag behind in the service of God—behold! here is the remedy: look again to the bleeding Saviour."R.M. M'CheyneSermons of Robert Murray M'CheyneThe Love of Christ155/22/20
Divine Revelation"...that in the worship of God there is required a divine faith; but there can be no divine faith without a divine revelation of the will of God. Therefore, whatever is thrust into the worship of God that is not agreeable to divine revelation cannot be done but by a human faith, which faith will not be profitable to eternal life."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a1266/9/20
Divine Revelation"Christ is so hid in God from the natural apprehensions of all flesh that He cannot by any man be savingly known, unless God the Father reveals Him to him."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a1996/9/20
Divine Revelation"You ought not so slightly speak of this matter; for I will boldly affirm, that no man can know Jesus Christ but by the revelation of the Father. Yea, and faith too, by which the soul layeth hold upon Christ, must be wrought by the exceeding greatness of His mighty power..."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a1996/9/20
Doctrine“But if any one fact is clear, on the basis of 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.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Doctrine215/3/20
Doctrine“"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.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Doctrine275/7/20
Doctrine“These two elements are always combined in the Christian message. The narration of the facts is history; the narration of the facts with the meaning of the facts is doctrine. "Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried"--that is history. "He loved me and gave Himself for me"--that is doctrine. Such was the Christianity of the primitive Church.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Doctrine295/7/20
Doctrine“At any rate, an attack upon Calvin or Turrettin or the Westminster divines does not seem to the modern churchgoer to be a very dangerous thing. In point of fact, however, the attack upon doctrine is not nearly so innocent a matter as our simple churchgoer supposes; for the things Objected to in the theology of the Church are also at the very heart of the New Testament. Ultimately the attack is not against the seventeenth century, but against the Bible and against Jesus Himself.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Doctrine455/7/20
Doctrine“Indifferentism about doctrine makes no heroes of the faith.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Doctrine515/7/20
Doctrine“Oh, what folly when people speak of doctrine as being impractical. Of course, we may make what we conceive to be doctrine very impractical, but it isn’t because doctrine is impractical.”John MurrayO Death, Where Is Thy Sting?Let This Mind Be In You1415/3/20
Education"A public school system, in itself, is indeed of enormous benefit to the race. But it is of benefit only if it is kept healthy at every moment by the absolutely free possibility of the competition of private schools. A public school system, if it means the providing of free education for those who desire it, is a noteworthy and beneficent achievement of modern times; but when once it becomes monopolistic it is the most perfect instrument of tyranny which has yet been devised."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Introduction135/3/20
Education"But whatever be the causes for the growth of ignorance in the Church, the evil must be remedied. It must be remedied primarily by the renewal of Christian education in the family, but also by the use of whatever other educational agencies the Church can find. Christian education is the chief business of the hour for every earnest Christian man."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)The Church1815/16/20
Evangelical“After forty years of Bible reading and praying, meditation and theological study, I find myself clinging more tightly than ever to ‘Evangelical’ religion, and more than ever satisfied with it. It wears well: it stands the fire. I know no system of religion which is better. In the faith of it I have lived for the third of a century, and in the faith of it I hope to die.”J.C. RylePractical ReligionPrefaceN/A5/3/20
Evangelical"[First, the "evangelical"] does this by saying in effect that those who believe the resurrection of Christ see more than the scientist and the philosopher can discover. The resurrection is just said to open "great vistas of truth" not falling within the field of science.

Secondly, the "evangelical" will preach the resurrection not as an indisputable fact but as something that Christians believe in and bet their lives on for reasons that are not objective.

In both of these points the "evangelical," as is his wont, makes concessions to natural man's sense of autonomy. In both of these cases the "evangelical" seeks "common ground" with the unbeliever in order to win him. In both of these cases the evangelical compromises the gospel and to an extent frustrates his own efforts. There can be no full preaching or speaking of the resurrection unless the entire framework of non-Christian thought be challenged."
Cornelius Van TilPaul at Athensn/a186/15/20
Evangelism“But if we really love our fellowmen we shall never be content with binding up their wounds or pouring on oil and wine or rendering them any such lesser service. We shall indeed do such things for them. But the main business of our lives will be to bring them to the Saviour of their souls.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)The Church1625/3/20
Evangelism"Welcome, welcome, my good Evangelist; the sight of thy countenance brings to my remembrance thy ancient kindness and unwearied labors for my eternal good."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a1146/9/20
Experience"But at this point a fatal error lies in wait. It is one of the root errors of modern liberalism. Christian experience, we have just said, is useful as confirming the gospel message. But because it is necessary, many men have jumped to the conclusion that it is all that is necessary."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)The Bible735/15/20
Experience"Christian experience is rightly used when it confirms the documentary evidence. But it can never possibly provide a substitute for the documentary evidence."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)The Bible745/15/20
Experience"Christian experience is rightly used when it helps to convince us that the events narrated in the New Testament actually did occur; but it can never enable us to be Christians whether the events occurred or not. It is a fair flower, and should be prized as a gift of God. But cut it from its root in the blessed Book, and it soon withers away and dies."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)The Bible745/15/20
Faith"But the one who does the believing is always convinced just exactly that it is not the faith, but the object of the faith, which is helping him. The moment he becomes convinced that it is merely the faith that is helping him, the faith disappears; for faith always involves a conviction of the objective truth or trustworthiness of the object."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1465/16/20
Faith"Faith is the opinion that some person will do something for you. If that person really will do that thing for you, then the faith is true. If he will not do it, then the faith is false."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1475/16/20
Faith"Faith is often based upon error, but there would be no faith at all unless it were sometimes based upon truth. But if Christian faith is based upon truth, then it is not the faith which saves the Christian but the object of the faith. And the object of the faith is Christ. Faith, then, according to the Christian view means simply receiving a gift."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1475/16/20
Faith"Faith is the exact opposite of works; faith does not give, it receives."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1515/16/20
Faith“And faith in its essence is simply self-commitment; it’s entrustment...When Christ becomes the only one who can stand between us and the degradation and contradiction of sin, when Christ becomes to us the only one who can stand between us and the holy wrath of God, then he has become all to us. We have committed ourselves to him, we have entrusted ourselves to him, we have become united to him. And being united to him, we become the righteousness of God in him.”John MurrayO Death, Where Is Thy Sting?The Power of God unto Salvation135/3/20
Faith"It is through faith that God purifies the heart; and there is no other way."R.M. M'CheyneSermons of Robert Murray M'CheyneThe Love of Christ115/22/20
Family"The most important of such institutions, according to Christian teaching, is the family. And that institution is being pushed more and more into the background. It is being pushed into the background by undue encroachments of the community and of the state...A revival of the Christian religion would unquestionably bring a reversal of the process; the family, as over against all other social institutions, would come to its rights again."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1585/16/20
Fatherhood“He cares even for those who are not His children but His enemies; so His children, Jesus' disciples, ought to imitate Him by loving even those who are not their brethren but their persecutors.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)God And Man615/12/20
Fatherhood“There is nothing narrow about such teaching; for the door of the household of faith is open wide to all. That door is the "new and living way" which Jesus opened by His blood. And if we really love our fellow men, we shall not go about the world, with the liberal preacher, trying to make men satisfied with the coldness of a vague natural religion. But by the preaching of the gospel we shall invite them into the warmth and joy of the house of God. Christianity offers men all that is offered by the modern liberal teaching about the universal fatherhood of God; but it is Christianity only because it offers also infinitely more.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)God And Man635/12/20
Fatherhood"The experience of a father in his personal relation to his son is quite different from that of the son in his relation to his father; but just that very difference binds father and son all the more closely together. The father cannot share the specifically filial affection of the son, and the son cannot share the specifically paternal affection of the father: yet no mere relationship of brotherhood, perhaps, could be quite s0 close. Fatherhood and sonship are complementary to each other; hence the dissimilarity, but hence also the closeness of the bond. It may be somewhat the same in the case of our relationship to Jesus. If He were exactly the same as ourselves, if He were merely our, Brother, we should not be nearly so close to Him as we are when He stands to us in the relationship of a Savior."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ955/15/20
Fear"I do believe, as you say, that fear tends much to men's good, and to make them right at their beginning to go on pilgrimage."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a2006/9/20
Fear"And therefore they are but like the felon that standeth before the judge: he quakes and trembles, and seems to repent most heartily, but the bottom of all is the fear of the halter; not of any detestation of the offense, as is evident; because let but this man have his liberty, and he will be a thief, and so a rouge still; whereas, if his mind was changed, he would be otherwise."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a2046/9/20
Fellowship"At the present time, there is one longing of the human heart which is often forgotten--it is the deep, pathetic longing of the Christian for fellowship with his brethren."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)The Church1835/16/20
Freedom of Will“A moral agent is capable of those actions that have a moral quality, and which can properly be denominated good or evil in a moral sense, virtuous or vicious, commendable or faulty. To moral agents belongs a moral faculty, or sense of moral good and evil, or of such a thing as worthiness, of praise or blame, reward or punishments, and a capacity which an agent has of being influenced in his actions by moral inducements or motives, exhibited to the view of understanding and reason, to engage to a conduct agreeable to the moral faculty.”Jonathan EdwardsFreedom of the WillConcerning the Notion of Liberty, and of Moral Agency1285/3/20
God"Despairing, hoping, trembling, half-doubting and half-believing, trusting all to Jesus, we venture into the presence of the very God. And in His presence we live."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1395/16/20
God's Will“Emancipation from the blessed will of God always involves bondage to some worse taskmaster.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1495/3/20
God's Will"Emancipation from the blessed will of God always involves bondage to some worse taskmaster."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1485/16/20
Gospel"For "gospel" means"good news," tidings, information about something that has happened. A gospel independent of history is a contradiction in terms."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1255/16/20
Gospel"Christian men have been redeemed from sin, without merit of their own, by the sacrifice of Christ. But every man who has been truly redeemed from sin longs to carry to others the same blessed gospel through which he himself has been saved. The propagation of the gospel is clearly the joy as well as the duty of every Christian man."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)The Church1755/16/20
Gospel“We must always remember that the gospel is a proclamation. It is a message, and it is of that message that the apostle Paul is speaking when he says, “I am not ashamed of the gospel.” I am not ashamed of the gospel message. I am not ashamed to proclaim it. We must never forget that that Word of proclamation is the Word of power. It is the Word that transforms men, and it is that Word alone that transforms them, that translates them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God.”John MurrayO Death, Where Is Thy Sting?The Power of God unto Salvation35/3/20
Gospel“It is only through the gospel that the Holy Spirit is working unto salvation. And where that gospel is absent, then there is not the regenerating and sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit...it is the gospel that is the Word of reconciliation and the Word of salvation unto a lost and perishing world.”John MurrayO Death, Where Is Thy Sting?The Power of God unto Salvation45/3/20
Gospel“The Word of the gospel is the omnipotent power of God operative unto salvation – salvation from sin in its defilement, in its degradation, in its guilt, and in its power. It lifts men out of the degradation and squalor of iniquity and makes them the sons and daughters of the Lord God Almighty, clothing them with righteousness and establishing them in the ways of integrity."John MurrayO Death, Where Is Thy Sting?The Power of God unto Salvation45/3/20
Gospel“That’s the greatest contradiction to the gospel: human righteousness offered to meet the contradiction of sin and the wrath of God. Oh what a complete insult to God to offer human self-righteousness to the contradiction of sin and to the wrath of God. But in the gospel we have a righteousness that is divine, and that’s the righteousness that can go down to the deepest depths of our degradation and can lift us up from the dunghill and place us among princes and princesses. That righteousness alone is equal to our situation.”John MurrayO Death, Where Is Thy Sting?The Power of God unto Salvation115/3/20
Gospel“What an awful commentary upon the depravity of human nature when we can be unmoved and indifferent in the presence of that grand thing [gospel of God’s provision] that will be the preoccupation of the saints of God throughout eternal ages.”John MurrayO Death, Where Is Thy Sting?The Power of God unto Salvation175/3/20
Gospel"But now I wish to show you that the gospel does far more than restore us to the state from which we fell. If rightly and consistently embraced by us, it brings us into a state far better than Adam’s. It constrains us by a far more powerful motive."R.M. M'CheyneSermons of Robert Murray M'CheyneThe Love of Christ125/22/20
Government"...it was in the Roman Empire under Nero that Paul said, "The powers that be are ordained of God." Christianity assumes no negative attitude, therefore, toward the state, but recognizes, under existing conditions, the necessity of government."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1595/16/20
Grace"The old theologians recognized it to the full in their doctrine of "common grace." There is something in the world even apart from Christianity which restrains the worst manifestations of evil."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1425/16/20
Heaven"But as a matter of fact heaven is communion with God and with His Christ. It can be said reverently that the Christian longs for heaven not only for his own sake, but also for the sake of God. Our present love is so cold, our present service so weak; and we would one day love and serve Him as His love deserves."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1525/16/20
Heaven"Why, there I hope to see Him alive that did hang dead on the cross. There I hope to be rid of all those things that to this day are in me an annoyance to me. There they say there is no death. There I shall dwell with such company as I like best. For, to tell you the truth, I love Him because I was by Him eased of my burden, and I am weary of my inward sickness. I would fain be when I shall die no more, and with the company that shall continually cry, Holy, holy, holy."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a686/9/20
Heaven"There is the Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, the innumerable company of angels, and the spirits of just men made perfect. You are going now to the Paradise of God wherein you shall see the Tree of Life, and eat of the never-fading fruits thereof: and when you come there, you shall have white robes given you, and your walk and talk shall be every day with the King, even all the days of eternity."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a2126/9/20
Heaven"You are going now to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, and to the prophets, men that God hath taken away from the evil to come, and that are now 'resting upon their beds, each one walking in his righteousness.'"John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a2136/9/20
Heaven"To whom it was answered, you must there receive the comfort of all your toil, and have joy for all your sorrow; you must reap what you have sown, even the fruit of all your prayers, and tears, and sufferings for the King by the way. In that place you must wear crowns of gold and enjoy the perpetual sight and visions of the Holy One, for 'there you shall see him as he is'. There also you shall serve Him continually with praise, with shouting, and thanksgiving, whom you desired to serve in the world, though with much difficulty, because of the infirmity of your flesh. There your eyes shall be delighted with seeing, and your ears with hearing the pleasant voice of the Mighty One. There you shall enjoy your friends again that are gone thither before you, and there you shall with joy receive even everyone that follows into the holy place after you. There also you shall be clothed with glory and majesty, and put into an equipage fit to ride out with the King of Glory. When He shall come with sound of trumpet in the clouds, as upon the wings of the wind, you shall come with Him; and when He shall sit upon the throne of judgment, you shall sit by Him; yea, and when He shall pass sentence upon all the workers of iniquity, let them be angels or men, you also shall have a voice in that judgment, because they were His and your enemies. Also when He shall again return to the City, you shall go too with sound of trumpet, and be ever with Him."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a2136/9/20
Holiness"The matter is very plain, if only we had spiritual eyes to see it. If we live a life of faith on the Son of God, then we shall assuredly live a life of holiness. I do not say we ought to do so; but I say, we shall, as a matter of necessary consequence."R.M. M'CheyneSermons of Robert Murray M'CheyneThe Love of Christ105/22/20
Holiness"We are constrained to holiness by the love of Christ; the love of Him who loved us is the only cord by which we are bound to the service of God. The scourge of our affections is the only scourge that drives us to duty. Sweet bands and gentle scourges! Who would not be under their power?R.M. M'CheyneSermons of Robert Murray M'CheyneThe Love of Christ155/22/20
Holiness"Whosoever, then, would live a life of persevering holiness, let him keep his eye fixed on the Saviour."R.M. M'CheyneSermons of Robert Murray M'CheyneThe Love of Christ155/22/20
Holy Spirit"The Spirit is given to them that believe; and that almighty Agent hath one argument that moves us continually—The love of Christ."R.M. M'CheyneSermons of Robert Murray M'CheyneThe Love of Christ65/22/20
Hope"You dwell in the city of Destruction, the place also where I was born: I see it to be so; and dying there, sooner or later you will sink lower than the grave, into a place that burns with fire and brimstone. Be content, good neighbors, and go along with me!"John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a176/9/20
Hope"But there is hope; there is hope through repentance. I am here to tell you of the way of escape; I am not a philosopher. I am not telling about monstrosities and wondrous things when I speak of the resurrection. I speak of the Creator God who in Jesus of Nazareth came down to earth to die for the sins of men, and was raised for their justification."Cornelius Van TilPaul at Athensn/a106/15/20
Hypocrisy"There is but little of this faithful dealing with men nowadays, and that makes religion to stink in the nostrils of so many as it doth: for they are these talkative fools, whose religion is only in word, and are debauched and vain in their conversation, that (being so much admitted into the fellowship of the godly) do puzzle the world, blemish Christianity, and grieve the sincere."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a1136/9/20
Hypocrisy"How! Think thou must believe in Christ, when thou seest not thy need of Him! Thou neither seest thy original nor actual infirmities; but hast such an opinion of thyself, and of what thou doest, as plainly renders thee to be one that did never see a necessity of Christ's personal righteousness to justify thee before God. How, then, dost thou say, I believe in Christ?"John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a1976/9/20
Ignorance"You are making excuse for your ignorance on the ground that you are finite and that the world is infinite. And you make an altar to a god whom you speak of as unknown. Well, God the true God, is not unknown to man at all. He is not unknown to you. It is but sham modesty when you speak of reverently bowing before the mysterious universe. To be sure, finite man cannot know all the wondrous works of God. But man can and does know that God, his Creator, exists. Man can and does know that God is the living God who is not only the original Creator but also the controller and bountiful benefactor of mankind."Cornelius Van TilPaul at Athensn/a96/15/20
Imitation"The plain fact is that imitation of Jesus, important though it was for Paul, was swallowed up by something far more important still. Not the example of Jesus, but the redeeming work of Jesus, was the primary thing for Paul. The religion of Paul was not primarily faith in God like Jesus' faith; it was faith in Jesus; Paul committed to Jesus without reserve the eternal destinies of his soul. That is what we mean when we say that Paul stood in a truly religious relation to Jesus."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ845/15/20
Imitation"The whole of early Christian history is a hopeless riddle unless the Jerusalem Church, as well as Paul, made Jesus the object of religious faith. Primitive Christianity certainly did not consist in the mere imitation of Jesus."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ865/15/20
Imputation (Righteousness)"I asked him further how that Man's righteousness could be of that efficacy to justify another before God. And he told me He was the mighty God, and did what He did, and died the death also, not for Himself, but for me; to whom His doings and the worthiness of them should be imputed, if I believed on Him."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a1886/9/20
Intimacy“Why should we be indignant about slanders directed against a human friend, while at the same time we are patient about the basest slanders directed against our God?”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)God And Man565/12/20
Jesus"Jesus did not invite the confidence of men by a minimizing presentation of what was necessary in order that sinners might stand faultless before the awful throne of God. On the contrary, he invited confidence by the presentation of His own wondrous Person. Great was the guilt of sin, but Jesus was greater still. God, according to Jesus, was a loving Father; but He was a loving Father, not of the sinful world, but of those whom He Himself had brought into His Kingdom through the Son."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ875/15/20
Jesus"What shall be thought of a human being who lapsed so far from the path of humility and sanity as to believe that the eternal destinies of the world were committed into His hands? The truth is that if Jesus be merely an example, He is not a worthy example; for He claimed to be far more."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ895/15/20
Jesus"Very different is the Jesus of the New Testament and of the great Scriptural creeds. That Jesus is indeed mysterious. Who can fathom the mystery of His Person? But the mystery is a mystery in which a man can rest. The Jesus of the New Testament has at least one advantage over the Jesus of modern reconstruction--He is real. He is not a manufactured figure suitable as a point of support for ethical maxims, but a genuine Person whom a man can love. Men have loved Him through all the Christian centuries. And the strange thing is that despite all the efforts to remove Him from the pages of history. there are those who love Him still."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ1195/16/20
Jesus"According to Christian belief, Jesus is our Savior, not by virtue of what He said, not even by virtue of what He was, but by what He did. He is our Savior, not because He has inspired us to live the same kind of life that He lived, but because He took upon Himself the dreadful guilt of our sins and bore it instead of us on the cross. Such is the Christian conception of the Cross of Christ."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1215/16/20
Jesus"When we come to see that it was no mere man who suffered on Calvary but the Lord of Glory, then we shall be willing to say that one drop of the precious blood of Jesus is of more value, for our own salvation and for the hope of society, than all the rivers of blood that have flowed upon the battlefields of history."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1325/16/20
Jesus"...He had stripped Himself of His glory that He might do this for the poor...He had made many pilgrims princes, though by nature they were beggars born, and their original had been the dunghill."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a716/9/20
Jesus"Jesus and the resurrection presupposed the doctrine of creation. Jesus and the resurrection implied the doctrine of judgment to come. It was the Son of God who had made the world and who was to come as judge of men at the end of history of the world, who died and rose again from the dead in His human nature."Cornelius Van TilPaul at Athensn/a126/15/20
Joy"Be of good cheer; Jesus Christ maketh thee whole".John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a2116/9/20
Judge"In His resurrection through the power of the Creator there stood before men the clearest evidence that could be given that they who would still continue to serve and worship the creature would at last be condemned by the Creator then become their Judge."Cornelius Van TilPaul at Athensn/a36/15/20
Judgment"If these men cannot stand before the sentence of men, what will they do with the sentence of God? And if they are mute when dealt with by vessels of clay, what will they do when they shall be rebuked by the flames of a devouring fire?"John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a1416/9/20
Justice"...for if one thing is clear in the record of Jesus' life it is that Jesus recognized the justice as distinguished from the love, of God. God is love, according to Jesus, but He is not only love; Jesus spoke, in terrible words, of the sin that shall never be forgiven either in this world or in that which is to come. Clearly Jesus recognized the existence of retributive justice; Jesus was far from accepting the light modern view of sin."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1355/16/20
Justification"That new relation is instituted by "justification"--the act of God by which a sinner is pronounced righteous in His sight because of the atoning death of Christ."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1445/16/20
JustificationThat act of man which God produces and employs in salvation is faith. At the center of Christianity is the doctrine of "justification by faith.""J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1455/16/20
Kingdom of God"Our Lord said: "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." But if you seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness in order that all those other things may be added unto you, you will miss both those other things and the Kingdom of God as well."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1565/16/20
Knowing God“Jesus plainly found God's hand in nature; the lilies of the field revealed to Him the weaving of God. He found God also in the moral law; the law written in the hearts of men was God's law, which revealed His righteousness. Finally Jesus plainly found God revealed in the Scriptures.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)God And Man565/12/20
Knowing God"All men know that they are creatures of God, that they are law breakers. At bottom they know that their own systems, according to which God cannot exist, are rationalizations by means of which they seek to suppress the fact of their responsibility as creatures of God."Cornelius Van TilPaul at Athensn/a56/15/20
Labor"Alexander, inviting many to supper, provided a crown of 180 pounds to be given to those that drank most. One and forty killed themselves with drinking to get that crown. Shall these do more for a trifle than we will do for heaven?"John TrappTrapp's Commentary on the New TestamentA Commentary upon the Second Epistle of St, Paul to Timothy6585/3/21
Liberalism“Liberalism was (and is) attractive. It appeared friendly because it refused narrowness. It brought compelling breadth to combat ostensibly unfriendly and bigoted Christian theology. It brought desirable warmth to combat allegedly cold Christian dogma. It offered a plausible platform, complete with a universalist parachute to provide a soft spiritual landing for all men everywhere.”David B. GarnerChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Introduction to the Legacy Editionxiv5/3/20
Liberalism“So modern liberalism, placing Jesus alongside other benefactors of mankind, is perfectly inoffensive in the modern world. All men speak well of it. It is entirely inoffensive. But it is also entirely futile. The offence of the Cross is done away, but so is the glory and the power.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1285/3/20
Liberalism"If a condition could be conceived in which all the preaching of the Church should be controlled by the liberalism which in many quarters has already become preponderant, then, we believe, Christianity would at last have perished from the earth and the gospel would have sounded forth for the last time."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Introduction85/3/20
Liberalism“Here is found the most fundamental difference between liberalism and Christianity--liberalism is altogether in the imperative mood, while Christianity begins with a triumphant indicative; liberalism appeals to man's will, while Christianity announces, first, a gracious act of God.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Doctrine475/7/20
Liberalism“The Church of Rome may represent a perversion of the Christian religion; but naturalistic liberalism is not Christianity at all.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Doctrine525/7/20
Liberalism“The chief modern rival of Christianity is "liberalism." An examination of the teachings of liberalism in comparison with those of Christianity will show that at every point the two movements are in direct opposition.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Doctrine535/7/20
Liberalism“And modern liberalism, even when it is not consistently pantheistic, is at any rate pantheizing. It tends everywhere to break down the separateness between God and the world, and the sharp personal distinction between God and man. Even the sin of man on this view ought logically to be regarded as part of the life of God. Very different is the living and holy God of the Bible and of Christian faith.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)God And Man645/12/20
Liberalism“At the very root of the modern liberal movement is the loss of the consciousness of sin.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)God And Man655/12/20
Liberalism"There is a profound difference, then, in the attitude assumed by modern liberalism and by Christianity toward Jesus the Lord. Liberalism regards Him as an Example and Guide; Christianity, as a Savior: liberalism makes Him an example for faith; Christianity, the object of faith."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ985/16/20
Liberalism"But the essential thing can be put almost in a word--liberalism regards Jesus as the fairest flower of humanity; Christianity regards Him as a supernatural Person."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ995/16/20
Liberalism"The modern liberals, on the other hand, say that Jesus is God not because they think high of Jesus, but because they think desperately low of God."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ1145/16/20
Liberalism"Liberalism finds salvation (so far as it is willing to speak at all of "salvation") in man; Christianity finds it in an act of God."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1215/16/20
Liberalism"So modern liberalism, placing Jesus alongside other benefactors of mankind, is perfectly inoffensive in the modern world. All men speak well of it. It is entirely inoffensive. But it is also entirely futile. The offence of the Cross is done away, but so is the glory and the power."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1285/16/20
Liberalism"A cardinal doctrine of modern liberalism is that the world's evil may be overcome by the world's good; no help is thought to be needed from outside the world."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1405/16/20
Liberalism"The grace of God is rejected by modern liberalism. And the result is slavery--the slavery of the law, the wretched bondage by which man undertakes the impossible task of establishing his own righteousness as a ground of acceptance with God. It may seem strange at first sight that "liberalism," of which the very name means freedom, should in reality be wretched slavery. But the phenomenon is not really so strange. Emancipation from the blessed will of God always involves bondage to some worse taskmaster."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1485/16/20
Liberalism"According to Christian belief, man exists for the sake of God; according to the liberal Church, in practice if not in theory, God exists for the sake of man."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1585/16/20
Liberalism"On the contrary, in reading the books and listening to the sermons of recent liberal teachers--so untroubled by the problem of sin, so devoid of all sympathy for guilty humanity, so prone to abuse and ridicule the things dearest to the heart of every Christian man--one can only confess that if liberalism is to return into the Christian communion there must be a change of heart fully as much as a change of mind. God grant that such a change of heart may come! But meanwhile the present situation must not be ignored but faced. Christianity is being attacked from within by a movement which is anti-Christian to the core."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)The Church1775/16/20
Liberty"The liberty of the gospel depends upon the gift of God by which the Christian life is begun--a gift which involves justification, or the removal of the guilt of sin and the establishment of a right relation between the believer and God, and regeneration or the new birth, which makes of the Christian man a new creature."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1495/16/20
Liberty"In principle the Christian is already free from the present evil world, but in practice freedom must still be attained. Thus the Christian life is not a life of idleness, but a battle."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1505/16/20
Love“The Father loved his people with such invincible love and purpose that he executed the full toll, the full stroke, of their condemnation upon his own Son. That is the Father’s love.”John MurrayO Death, Where Is Thy Sting?The Father's Love775/3/20
Message“The great weapon with which the disciples of Jesus set out to conquer the world was not a mere comprehension of eternal principles; it was an historical message, an account of something that had recently happened, it was the message, "He is risen."”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Doctrine285/7/20
Message"What was it that within a few days transformed a band of mourners into the spiritual conquerors of the world? It was not the memory of Jesus' life; it was not the inspiration which came from past contact with Him. But it was the message, "He is risen." That message alone gave to the disciples a living Savior i and it alone can give to us a living Savior today."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Doctrine425/7/20
Message"The character of Christianity as founded upon a message is summed up in the words of the eighth verse of the first chapter of Acts--"Ye shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.""J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Doctrine525/7/20
Miracles"The conception of the "supernatural" is closely connected with that of "miracle"; a miracle is the supernatural manifesting itself in the external world."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ1025/16/20
Miracles"On the contrary, the believer in the supernatural regards everything that is done as being the work of God. Only, he believes that in the events called natural, God uses means, whereas in the events called supernatural He uses no means, but puts forth His creative power."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ1025/16/20
Miracles"The distinction between the natural and the supernatural, in other words, is simply the distinction between God's works of providence and God's work of creation; a miracle is a work of creation just as truly as the mysterious act which produced the world."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ1035/16/20
Miracles"The miracles of the Bible, then, are not the work of a God who has no part in the course of nature; they are the work of a God who through His works of providence is "preserving and governing all His creatures and all their actions.""J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ1035/16/20
Miracles"God is always the first cause, but there are truly second causes; and they are the means which God uses, in the ordinary course of the world, for the accomplishment of His ends. It is the exclusion of such second causes which makes an event a miracle."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ1045/16/20
Miracles"The miracles used to be regarded as an aid to faith, it is often said, but now they are a hindrance to faith; faith used to come on account of the miracles, but now it comes in despite of them; men used to believe in Jesus because He wrought miracles, but now we accept the miracles because on other grounds we have come to believe in Him."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ1055/16/20
Miracles"Without the miracles, the New Testament might be easier to believe. But the thing that would be believed would be entirely different from that which presents itself to us now. Without the miracles we should have a teacher; with the miracles we have a Savior."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ1075/16/20
Miracles"Reject the miracles and you have in Jesus the fairest flower of humanity who made such an impression upon His followers that after His death they could not believe that He had perished but experienced hallucinations in which they thought they saw Him risen from the dead; accept the miracles, and you have a Savior who came voluntarily into this world for our salvation, suffered for our sins upon the Cross, rose again from the dead by the power of God, and ever lives to make intercession for us."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ1125/16/20
Modern Age"The modern world represents in some respects an enormous improvement over the world in which our ancestors lived; but in other respects it exhibits a lamentable decline. The improvement appears in the physical conditions of life, but in the spiritual realm there is a corresponding loss."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Introduction95/3/20
Modern Age“Characteristic of the modern age, above all else, is a supreme confidence in human goodness; the religious literature of the day is redolent of that confidence. Get beneath the rough exterior of men, we are told, and we shall discover enough self-sacrifice to found upon it the hope of society; the world's evil, it is said, can be overcome with the world's good; no help is needed from outside the world.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)God And Man655/12/20
Modern Age"...Christian minds have been conformed to the modern spirit: the spirit, that is, that spawns great thoughts of man and leaves room for only small thoughts of God."J.I. PackerKnowing GodForeword65/19/20
Modern Church“The fundamental fault of the modern Church is that she is busily engaged in an absolutely impossible task – she is busily engaged in calling the righteous to repentance. Modern preachers are trying to bring men into the Church without requiring them to relinquish their pride; they are trying to help men avoid the conviction of sin. The preacher gets up into the pulpit, opens the Bible, and addresses the congregation somewhat as follows: "You people are very good," he says; "you respond to every appeal that looks toward the welfare of the community. Now we have in the Bible – especially in the life of Jesus – something so good that we believe it is good enough even for you good people." Such is modern preaching. It is heard every Sunday in thousands of pulpits. But it is entirely futile. Even our Lord did not call the righteous to repentance, and probably we shall be no more successful than He.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)God And Man685/13/20
Modern Church"...the Church of today has been unfaithful to her Lord by admitting great companies of non-Christian persons, not only into her membership, but into her teaching agencies. It is indeed inevitable that some persons who are not truly Christian shall find their way into the visible Church; fallible men cannot discern the heart, and many a profession of faith which seems to be genuine may really be false. But it is not this kind of error to which we now refer. What is now meant is not the admission of individuals whose confessions of faith may not be sincere, but the admission of great companies of persons who have never made any really adequate confession of faith at all and whose entire attitude toward the gospel is the very reverse of the Christian attitude."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)The Church1635/16/20
Modern Church"The greatest menace to the Christian Church today comes not from the enemies outside, but from the enemies within; it comes from the presence within the Church of a type of faith and practice that is anti-Christian to the core."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)The Church1645/16/20
Modern Church“...ignorance both of his [God’s] ways and of the practice of communion with him [God] – lies at the root of much of the church’s weakness today.”J.I. PackerKnowing GodForeword64/18/20
Modern Church"Ninety years ago C.H. Spurgeon described the wobbling he then saw among the Baptists on Scripture, atonement and human destiny as “the downgrade.” Could he survey Protestant thinking about God at the present time, I guess he would speak of “the nosedive”!"J.I. PackerKnowing GodForeword75/19/20
Modern Church"Is the church of Christ doing this thing today, and are we doing this today? Are we really desirous of knowing nothing save Jesus Christ and Him crucified? Are we really anxious to preach Jesus and the resurrection and the living God to men? Do we want to ask all men everywhere to repent and to see in the resurrection the evidence of their own eternal condemnation unless they do repent?

Then we must surely do what Paul did, tear our garments when men would weave our message into the systems of thought which men have themselves devised. We must set the message of the cross into the framework into which Paul set it. If we do not do so, then we are not really and fully preaching Jesus and the resurrection."
Cornelius Van TilPaul at Athensn/a136/15/20
Mysticism"It is the connection of the present experience of the believer with an actual historic appearance of Jesus in the world which prevents our religion from being mysticism and causes it to be Christianity."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1245/16/20
Omnipotence“It is well for us to appreciate this combination in the gospel [power and righteousness] because the gospel is never simply bare omnipotence. Bare omnipotence, as exercised by God himself, could never save a single soul. If we emphasize the omnipotence of God to the prejudice of righteousness, then we fail to appreciate what is at the very center of the provision of God’s grace. Bare omnipotence could, indeed, create this mighty universe. God created the world simply by the command of his will...But not so with salvation. There are certain exigencies that are at stake in this matter of salvation so that salvation can never be wrought by the exercise of bare omnipotence.”John MurrayO Death, Where Is Thy Sting?The Power of God unto Salvation55/3/20
One Way"That is the way thou must go. It was cast up by the patriarchs, prophets, Christ and His apostles, and it is as straight as a rule can make it: this is the way thou must go."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a396/9/20
Original Sin"God saith that 'the carnal mind is enmity against God'—that the very grain and substance of an unconverted mind is hatred against God—absolute, implacable hatred against Him in whom we live, and move, and have our being."R.M. M'CheyneSermons of Robert Murray M'CheyneThe Love of Christ85/22/20
Paganism“Paganism is that view of life which finds the highest goal of human existence in the healthy and harmonious and joyous development of existing human faculties. Very different is the Christian ideal. Paganism is optimistic with regard to unaided human nature' whereas Christianity is the religion of the broken heart.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)God And Man665/12/20
Pantheism"Pantheism identifies God with the totality of nature. It is inconceivable, then, on the pantheistic view that anything should enter into the course of nature from outside."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ1035/16/20
Perseverance"Can you remember by what means you find your annoyances at times as if they were vanquished? Yes; when I think what I saw at the cross, that will do it; and when I look upon my broidered coat, that will do it; also when I look into the toll that I carry in my bosom, that will do it; and when my thoughts wax warm about whither I am going, that will do it."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a676/9/20
Prayer"God be merciful to me a sinner, and make me to know and believe in Jesus Christ; for I see, that if His righteousness had not been, or I have not faith in that righteousness, I am utterly cast away. Lord, I have heard that thou art a merciful God, and hast ordained that Thy Son Jesus Christ should be the Saviour of the world; and, moreover, that Thou art willing to bestow Him upon such a poor sinner as I am. And I am a sinner indeed. Lord, take therefore this opportunity, and magnify Thy grace in the salvation of my soul, through Thy Son Jesus Christ. Amen."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a1896/9/20
Presuppositionalism"It is because the framework of the universe is what Paul spoke of when he proclaimed to them [in Athens] the God whom in their consciences they knew, but whom according to their professed systems they did not know, the Creator and Controller of the universe, that they could say what is true about parts of that world or about the whole world."Cornelius Van TilPaul at Athensn/a126/15/20
Regeneration"It is not an influence upon the life, but the beginning of a new life; it is not development of what we had already, but a new birth. At the very center of Christianity are the words, "Ye must be born again.""J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1405/16/20
Regeneration"Man is not merely ill, but he is dead, in trespasses and sins, and what is really needed is a new life. That life is given by the Holy Spirit in "regeneration" or the new birth."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1435/16/20
Regeneration"At the beginning of every Christian life there stands, not a process, but a definite act of God."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1445/16/20
Regeneration"But however it be manifested, the beginning of the Christian life is an act of God. It is an act of God and not an act of man."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1455/16/20
Regeneration"Human goodness will avail nothing for lost souls; ye must be born again."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1605/16/20
Religion“True religion can make no peace with a false philosophy, any more than with a science that is falsely so-called; a thing cannot possibly be true in religion and false in philosophy or in science. All methods of arriving at truth, if they be valid methods, will arrive at a harmonious result.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)God And Man585/12/20
Religion"Without doubt Jesus had a religion; the fact is of the utmost importance. But it is equally important. to observe that that religion which Jesus had was not Christianity. Christianity is a way of getting rid of sin, and Jesus was without sin. His religion was a religion of Paradise, not a religion of sinful humanity. It was a religion to which we may perhaps in some sort attain in heaven, when the process of our purification is complete (though even then the memory of redemption will never leave us); but certainly it is not a religion with which we can begin. The religion of Jesus was a religion of untroubled sonship; Christianity is a religion of the attainment of sonship by the redeeming work of Christ."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ955/15/20
Religion"Two questions arise with regard to this method of making religion joyful--in the first place, Does it work? and in the second place, Is it true?"J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1375/16/20
Religion"Religion cannot be made joyful simply by looking on the bright side of God. For a one-sided God is not a real God, and it is the real God alone who can satisfy the longing of our soul. God is love, but is He only love? God is love, but is love God? Seek joy alone, then, seek joy at any cost, and you will not find it."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1385/16/20
Religion"...religion is discovered after all to be a useful thing. But the trouble is that in being utilized religion is also being degraded and destroyed. Religion is being regarded more and more as a mere means to a higher end."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1545/16/20
Reward"And whereas thou seest the world as cast behind him, and that a crown hangs over his head; that is to show thee that slighting and despising things that are present, for the love that he hath to his Master's service, he is sure in the world that comes next to have glory for his reward."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a416/9/20
Righteousness“In reality, if the requirements for entrance into the Kingdom of God are what Jesus declares them to be, we are all undone; we have not even attained to the external righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, and how shall we attain to that righteousness of the heart which Jesus demands?”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Doctrine385/7/20
Righteousness“If there is going to be salvation, then there must be righteousness—righteousness to meet the contradiction that sin offers and righteousness to meet even his own wrath.”John MurrayO Death, Where Is Thy Sting?The Power of God unto Salvation75/3/20
Righteousness“This is the grandeur of the gospel. I have the confidence that as I make this righteousness my plea, I have not simply something that God will justify, but I have something that God cannot but justify, because it is the righteousness of the Redeemer, a righteousness that is undefiled and undefilable. Remember, my friend, though your faith be at the lowest ebb of a possible exercise, though it be the weakest faith that exists, nevertheless, if it is a faith that looks to Christ as the only plea against human sin on the one hand and God’s wrath on the other, then that is the righteousness that is the power of God unto salvation. It’s yours just as fully with the weakest faith as it is yours with the strongest faith. It is a righteousness of God from faith to faith to everyone that believes.”John MurrayO Death, Where Is Thy Sting?The Power of God unto Salvation165/3/20
Righteousness"Oh, my friend, however degraded you may feel yourself to be, however bound in the bondage of sin you may feel yourself to be, however great may be your consciousness of the contradiction that you are to the gospel and to that which God demands of you, remember that the greatest insult you could offer to God is to offer insult to the sufficiency and the perfection of his righteousness!"John MurrayO Death, Where Is Thy Sting?The Power of God unto Salvation145/26/20
Righteousness"Surely, think I, when I come to the gate of the city, the Lord thereof will know me for good, since I have His coat on my back; a coat that He gave me freely in the day that He stripped me of my rags."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a566/9/20
Righteousness"...unless I could obtain righteousness of a Man that never had sinned, neither mine own nor all the righteousness of the world could save me."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a1876/9/20
Righteousness"Ignorant thou art of what justifying righteousness is, and as ignorant how to secure thy soul through the faith of it, from the heavy wrath of God. Yea, thou also art ignorant of the true effects of saving faith in this righteousness of Christ, which is to bow and win over the heart to God in Christ, to love His name, His Word, ways, and people, and not as thou ignorantly imaginest."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a1986/9/20
Salvation“If Christ provides only a part of our salvation, leaving us to provide the rest, then we are still hopeless under the load of sin. For no matter how small the gap which must be bridged before salvation can be attained, the awakened conscience sees clearly that our wretched attempt at goodness is insufficient even to bridge that gap. The guilty soul enters again into the hopeless reckoning with God, to determine whether we have really done our part. And thus we groan again under the old bondage of the law.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Doctrine245/7/20
Salvation"Salvation, in other words, was not merely through Christ, but it was only through Christ. In that little word "only" lay all the offence."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1275/16/20
Salvation"The sole message of life and salvation had been committed to men; that message was at all hazards to be proclaimed while yet there was time. The objection as to the exclusiveness of the Christian way of salvation, therefore, cannot be evaded, but must be met."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1285/16/20
Salvation"Salvation is as free for us as the air we breathe; God's the dreadful cost, ours the gain."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1365/16/20
Salvation"Are not our own methods of salvation, men say, better than that?"J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1395/16/20
Salvation"It is not necessary that all should pass through agonies of soul before being saved; there are those to whom faith comes peacefully and easily through the nurture of Christian homes."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1455/16/20
Salvation"That does not mean, however, that in the beginning of the Christian life God deals with us as with sticks or stones, unable to understand what is being done. On the contrary He deals with us as with persons; salvation has a place in the conscious life of man; God uses in our salvation a conscious act of the human soul--an act which though it is itself the work of God's Spirit, is at the same time an act of man."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1455/16/20
Salvation"Then the water stood in mine eyes, and I asked further: 'But, Lord, may such a great sinner as I am be indeed accepted of Thee, and be saved by Thee?' And I heard Him say: 'Him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out'.John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a1916/9/20
Savior“It is not enough to know that Jesus is a Person worthy of trust; it is also necessary to know that He is willing to have us trust Him. It is not enough that He saved others; we need to know also that He has saved us.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Doctrine435/7/20
Savior"As the timorous dove flies to hide itself in the crevices of the rock, so do you flee to hide yourself in the wounds of your Saviour; and when you have found Him, like the shadow of a great rock in a weary land—when you sit under His shadow, with great delight—you will find that He hath slain all the enmity—that He hath accomplished all your warfare. God is now for you. Planted together with Christ in the likeness of His death, you shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection. Dead unto sin, you shall be alive unto God."R.M. M'CheyneSermons of Robert Murray M'CheyneThe Love of Christ115/22/20
Scripture"My love of consistency with my own doctrinal views is not great enough to allow me knowingly to alter a single text of Scripture. I have great respect for orthodoxy, but my reverence for inspiration is far greater. I would soon a hundred times over appear to be inconsistent with myself than be inconsistent with the word of God. I never thought it to be any very great crime to seem to be inconsistent with myself, for who am I that I should be everlastingly be consistent? But I do think it a great crime to be so inconsistent with the word of God that I should want to lop away a bough or even a twig from so much as a single tree of the forest of Scripture. God forbid that I should cut or shape, even in the least degree, any divine expression."Charles H. SpurgeonMetropolitan Tabernacle PulpitVolume 26, 1/16/1880N/A4/27/21
Shame"And I thought, moreover, that at the day of doom we shall not be doomed to death or life according to the hectoring spirits of the world, but according to the wisdom and law of the Highest. Therefore, thought I, what God says is best, is best though all the men in the world are against it. Seeing, then, that God prefers His religion; seeing God prefers a tender conscience; seeing they that make themselves fools for the kingdom of Heaven are wisest, and that the poor man that loveth Christ is richer than the greatest man in the world that hates Him: Shame, depart, thou art an enemy to my salvation."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a986/9/20
Sin“Without the consciousness of sin, the whole of the gospel will seem to be an idle tale.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)God And Man675/13/20
Sin“It will hardly be wise to adopt the suggestion that we must stop treating the little sins as though they were big sins. That suggestion means apparently that we must not worry too much about the little sins, but must let them remain unmolested.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)God And Man675/13/20
Sin“It is through the "little sins" that Satan gains an entrance into our lives.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)God And Man675/13/20
Sin"For if sin is merely imperfection, how can an absolute negation of it be ventured upon within a process of nature which is supposed to be ever changing and ever advancing? The very idea of "sinlessness," much more the reality of it, requires us to conceive of sin as transgression of a fixed law or a fixed standard, and involves the conception of an absolute goodness."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ915/15/20
Sin"Once affirm that Jesus was sinless and all other men sinful, and you have entered into irreconcilable conflict with the whole modern point of view."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ915/15/20
Sin"Yet in the Gospels Jesus is represented constantly as dealing with the problem of sin. He always assumes that other men are sinful; yet He never finds sin in Himself. A stupendous difference is found here between Jesus' experience and ours. That difference prevents the religious experience of Jesus from serving as the sole basis of the Christian life. For clearly if Christianity is anything it is a way of getting rid of sin. At any rate, if it is not that it is useless; for all men have sinned. And as a matter of fact it was that from the very beginning. Whether the beginning of Christian preaching be put on the day of Pentecost or when Jesus first taught in Galilee, in either case one of its first words was "Repent.""J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ925/15/20
Sin"No product of sinful humanity could have redeemed humanity from the dreadful guilt or lifted a sinful race from the slough of sin. But a Savior has come from God. There lies the very root of the Christian religion; there is the reason why the supernatural is the very ground and substance of the Christian faith."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ1085/16/20
Sin"And without the conviction of sin there can be no understanding of the occasion for the supernatural act of God; without the conviction of sin, the good news of redemption seems to be an idle tale."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ1095/16/20
Sin"All sin at bottom is a sin against God. "Against thee, thee only have I sinned" is the cry of a true penitent."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1355/16/20
Sin“What is, after all, the essence of sin? People will say sometimes that sin is selfishness. Well, that’s woefully inadequate definition of sin! All selfishness is sin, but sin is not simply selfishness. There’s something far more serious about sin than the fact that we are absorbed in ourselves. Sin is the contradiction of God. When sin came into the world, something came into the world that was the very contradiction of God—the contradiction of his sovereignty, the contradiction of his authority, the contradictions of his holiness, and yes, the contradiction of his righteousness.”John MurrayO Death, Where Is Thy Sting?The Power of God unto Salvation65/3/20
Sin"The root of sin is severed from the stock. In His bearing double for all our sins, we see the curse carried away, we see God reconciled. Why should we fear anymore? Not fearing, why should we hate God any more? Not hating God, what desirableness can we see in sin anymore?"R.M. M'CheyneSermons of Robert Murray M'CheyneThe Love of Christ95/22/20
Socialism“The tendency is most clearly seen in socialism; a socialistic state would mean the reduction to a minimum of the sphere of individual choice. Labor and recreation, under a socialistic government, would both be prescribed, and individual liberty would be gone. But the same tendency exhibits itself today even in those communities where the name of socialism is most abhorred. When once the majority has determined that a certain regime is beneficial, that regime without further hesitation is forced ruthlessly upon the individual man. It never seems to occur to modern legislatures that although "welfare" is good, forced welfare may be bad. In other words, utilitarianism is being carried out to its logical conclusions; in the interests of physical well-being the great principles of liberty are being thrown ruthlessly to the winds.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Introduction105/3/20
Socialism“The tendency is most clearly seen in socialism; a socialistic state would mean the reduction to a minimum of the sphere of individual choice. Labor and recreation, under a socialistic government, would both be prescribed, and individual liberty would be gone. But the same tendency exhibits itself today even in those communities where the name of socialism is most abhorred. When once the majority has determined that a certain regime is beneficial, that regime without further hesitation is forced ruthlessly upon the individual man. It never seems to occur to modern legislatures that although "welfare" is good, forced welfare may be bad. In other words, utilitarianism is being carried out to its logical conclusions; in the interests of physical well-being the great principles of liberty are being thrown ruthlessly to the winds.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Introduction105/3/20
Suffering"Others are suffering because of our past sins; and we can attain no real peace until we suffer in their stead. We long to go back into the tangle of our life, and make right the things that are wrong--at least to suffer where we have caused others to suffer. And something like that Christ did for us when He died instead of us on the cross; He atoned for all our sins."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1345/16/20
Suffering"As to thy burden, be content to bear it until thou comest to the place of deliverance; for there it will fall from thy back of itself."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a396/9/20
The Fall"But when Adam fell, the fine gold became dim--the system of his thoughts and likings was just reversed. Instead of enjoying God in everything, and everything in God, everything now seemed hateful and disagreeable to him, just in as far as it had to do with God."R.M. M'CheyneSermons of Robert Murray M'CheyneThe Love of Christ75/22/20
Theology“If the Church were led to wipe out of existence all products of the thinking of nineteen Christian centuries and start fresh, the loss, even if the Bible were retained, would be immense. When it is once admitted that a body of facts lies at the basis of the Christian religion, the efforts which past generations have made toward the classification of the facts will have to be treated with respect. In no branch of science would there be any real advance if every generation started fresh with no dependence upon what past generations have achieved. Yet in theology, vituperation of the past seems to be thought essential to progress. And upon what base slanders the vituperation is based! After listening to modern tirades against the great creeds of the Church, one receives rather a shock when one turns to the Westminster Confession, for example, or to that tenderest and most theological of books, the "Pilgrim's Progress" of John Bunyan, and discovers that in doing so one has turned from shallow modern phrases to a "dead orthodoxy" that is pulsating with life in every word. In such orthodoxy there is life enough to set the whole world aglow with Christian love.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Doctrine465/7/20
Theology“If the Church were led to wipe out of existence all products of the thinking of nineteen Christian centuries and start fresh, the loss, even if the Bible were retained, would be immense. When it is once admitted that a body of facts lies at the basis of the Christian religion, the efforts which past generations have made toward the classification of the facts will have to be treated with respect. In no branch of science would there be any real advance if every generation started fresh with no dependence upon what past generations have achieved. Yet in theology, vituperation of the past seems to be thought essential to progress. And upon what base slanders the vituperation is based! After listening to modern tirades against the great creeds of the Church, one receives rather a shock when one turns to the Westminster Confession, for example, or to that tenderest and most theological of books, the "Pilgrim's Progress" of John Bunyan, and discovers that in doing so one has turned from shallow modern phrases to a "dead orthodoxy" that is pulsating with life in every word. In such orthodoxy there is life enough to set the whole world aglow with Christian love.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Doctrine465/7/20
Theology“Preaching a text without a view to the majesty and glory of Scripture’s systematic coherence with respect to that text is to bleed the life and power from the passage preached.”K. Scott OliphintO Death, Where Is Thy Sting?Introxxxvi5/3/20
Theology“Preaching a text without a view to the majesty and glory of Scripture’s systematic coherence with respect to that text is to bleed the life and power from the passage preached.”K. Scott OliphintO Death, Where Is Thy Sting?Introxxxvi5/3/20
Troubles"Alas, poor man, is the celestial glory of so little esteem with him that he counteth it not worth running the hazard of a few difficulties to obtain it?"John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a376/9/20
Troubles"These troubles and distresses that you go through in these waters are no sign that God hath forsaken you; but are sent to try you whether you will call to mind that which heretofore you have received if His goodness, and live upon Him in your distresses."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a2116/9/20
Truth"The Christian says to himself: “I have meditated upon the problem of becoming right with God, I have tried to produce a righteousness that will stand in His sight; but when I heard the gospel message I learned that what I had weakly striven to accomplish had been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ when He died for me on the Cross and completed His redeeming work by the glorious resurrection. If the thing has not yet been done, if I merely have an idea of its accomplishment, then I am of all men most miserable, for I am still in my sins. My Christian life, then, depends altogether upon the truth of the New Testament record.”"J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)The Bible745/15/20
Unity“Be deeply affected with the mischievous Effects and Consequents of Schisms and Divisions in the Societies of the Saints, and let nothing beneath a plain Necessity, divide you from Communion one with another; hold it fast till you can hold it no longer without Sin.”John FlavelThe Whole Works of the Reverend Mr. John FlavelA Sermon on Gospel-Unity7195/3/20
Unity“Be deeply affected with the mischievous Effects and Consequents of Schisms and Divisions in the Societies of the Saints, and let nothing beneath a plain Necessity, divide you from Communion one with another; hold it fast till you can hold it no longer without Sin.”John FlavelThe Whole Works of the Reverend Mr. John FlavelA Sermon on Gospel-Unity7195/3/20
Wisdom"Half-way measures therefore will not suffice; the only method that will suffice is that of challenge of the wisdom of the world by the wisdom of God."Cornelius Van TilPaul at Athensn/a146/15/20
Works"...heavenly knowledge of these is the gift of God; no man attaineth to them by human industry..."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a1026/9/20
Works"[Saying and doing] are two things indeed, and are as diverse as are the soul and the body; for as the body without the soul is but a dead carcass, so saying, if it be alone, is but a dead carcass also."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a1056/9/20
Works"It will not be said then, 'Did you believe?' but, 'Were you doers, or talkers only?'"John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a1066/9/20
Works"And doth your life and conversation testify the same; or standeth your religion in word or tongue and not in deed and truth? Pray, if you incline to answer me in this, say no more than you know the God above will say Amen to, and also nothing but what your conscience can justify you in; for not he that commendeth himself is approved, but who the Lord commendeth."John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progressn/a1116/9/20
Worship“If the One to whom all power was given needed refreshment and strengthening in prayer, we more; if the One to whom the lilies of the field revealed the glory of God yet went into the sanctuary, surely we need such assistance even more than He; if the wise and holy One could say "Thy will be done," surely submission is yet more in place for us whose wisdom is as the foolishness of children.”J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Christ975/15/20
Wrath"The truth is that the modern rejection of the doctrine of God's wrath proceeds from a light view of sin which is totally at variance with the teaching of the whole New Testament and of Jesus Himself."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1365/16/20
Wrath"How do you know that God is all love and kindness? Surely not through nature, for it is full of horrors. Human suffering may be unpleasant, but it is real, and God must have something to do with it. Just as surely not through the Bible. For it was from the Bible that the old theologians derived that conception of God which you would reject as gloomy. "The Lord thy God," the Bible says, "is a consuming fire." Or is Jesus alone your authority? You are no better off. For it was Jesus who spoke of the outer darkness and the everlasting fire, of the sin that shall not be forgiven either in this age or in that which is to come."J. Gresham MachenChristianity & Liberalism (Legacy Edition)Salvation1375/16/20
Wrath“The wrath of God, of course, is God’s necessary reaction to that which is the contradiction of himself. There must be the wrath of God wherever there is sin because sin is the contradiction of God!...The only thing that can meet human degeneracy is the righteousness of God! And the only thing that can meet God’s own wrath is his own righteousness.”John MurrayO Death, Where Is Thy Sting?The Power of God unto Salvation65/3/20
Wrath“Here again we have this unheard-of conjunction: infinite love and divine wrath. The Son bore the stroke of the Father’s wrath, and there was no amelioration. Don’t be deceived by the widespread current of thought that denies the real doctrine of propitiation. The essence of sin’s curse and judgment is the wrath of God. So, if Jesus bore sin and if he bore our curse and if he was made sin, then the vicarious bearing of the wrath of God belongs to the very essence of his atoning accomplishment. How cramped the understanding and how narrow the perspective of those who think that the infliction of wrath is inconsistent with the exercise of infinite love. Oh, my friends, the truth is that it was just because the Son was the object of this immutable, infinite, and unique love that he could at the same time be the subject of the wrath of God. The opposite of love is not wrath, it is hate. There is no inconsistency between the infinitude of love that flowed forth to him and the execution upon him of the full toll of divine condemnation for sin and, therefore, the full toll of divine wrath, divine indignation, and divine displeasure.”John MurrayO Death, Where Is Thy Sting?The Father's Love785/3/20
Wrath“Here again we have this unheard-of conjunction: infinite love and divine wrath. The Son bore the stroke of the Father’s wrath, and there was no amelioration. Don’t be deceived by the widespread current of thought that denies the real doctrine of propitiation. The essence of sin’s curse and judgment is the wrath of God. So, if Jesus bore sin and if he bore our curse and if he was made sin, then the vicarious bearing of the wrath of God belongs to the very essence of his atoning accomplishment. How cramped the understanding and how narrow the perspective of those who think that the infliction of wrath is inconsistent with the exercise of infinite love. Oh, my friends, the truth is that it was just because the Son was the object of this immutable, infinite, and unique love that he could at the same time be the subject of the wrath of God. The opposite of love is not wrath, it is hate. There is no inconsistency between the infinitude of love that flowed forth to him and the execution upon him of the full toll of divine condemnation for sin and, therefore, the full toll of divine wrath, divine indignation, and divine displeasure.”John MurrayO Death, Where Is Thy Sting?The Father's Love785/3/20

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