Abandon Facts but Keep Feelings? (Machen)

Liberalism is not new.  The liberal seminary magazines I get in the mail are printed in full color and talk about smartphones, laptops, and podcasts, but the liberalism in them pre-dates today's technology.  The magazine I got in the mail last week doesn't mention the cross, sin or the resurrection, and it barely mentions Jesus… Continue reading Abandon Facts but Keep Feelings? (Machen)

Thank God For the Christmas Season (Machen)

In a sermon preached soon before his death in 1936, J. G. Machen explained how the Bible puts an “enormous emphasis” on the death of Christ.  He also noted how the Christian church places a great emphasis on Christ’s death – we “chiefly commemorate” the death of Christ because it is God’s wisdom and our… Continue reading Thank God For the Christmas Season (Machen)

Justifying Faith: Not Doing, But Receiving

At its core, justifying faith is not defined by doing, working, performing, or earning.  Paul so very clearly says that a sinner is justified by faith apart from works (Rom. 3:28, Gal. 2:16).  Salvation from sin, misery, and death is a divine gift of sovereign grace, not the reward for work done (Rom. 4:1-5).  A… Continue reading Justifying Faith: Not Doing, But Receiving

Jesus, Paul, Redemption, Religion

Around 100 years ago, liberals were driving a big wedge between Paul and Jesus; something similar is still happening today.  For example, some people say that Jesus was a nice teacher of morals (the first Christian and a martyr for the cause), but Paul came in and messed it all up with detailed doctrine. Machen… Continue reading Jesus, Paul, Redemption, Religion

Dear Christian School Teachers…

 Yesterday I mentioned J. G. Machen’s 1933 address to the Educational Convention of the National Union of Christian Schools.  Near the end of his address, he had some encouraging words for Christian school teachers (and I echo them): “I cannot bring this little address to a close without trying to pay some sort of tribute… Continue reading Dear Christian School Teachers…