These Questions Take Us Into the Very Heart of the Situation

These questions take us into the very heart of the situation; the growth of ignorance in the Church, the growth of indifference with regard to the simple facts recorded in the Bible, all goes back to a great spiritual movement, really skeptical in its tendency, which has been going forward during the last one hundred years – a movement which appears not only in philosophers and theologians such as Kant and Schleiermacher and Ritschl, but also in a widespread attitude of plain men and women throughout the world.  The deprecation of the intellect, with the exaltation of the feelings or of the will, is, we think a basic fact in modern life, which is rapidly leading to a condition in which men neither know anything nor care anything about the doctrinal content of the Christian religion, and in which there is in general a lamentable intellectual decline.

– Horton, Michael; Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; copyright 2008; p. 245

The Most Fundamental Difference Between Christianity and Liberalism

Here is the most fundamental difference between liberalism and Christianity – liberalism is altogether in the imperative mood, while Chsitianity begins with a triumphant indicative.  Libralism appeals to man’s will, while Chsitianity announces first, a gracious act of God….Liberalism regards Christ as an Example and Guide; Christianity, the object of faith.

– J. Graham Machen

as quoted by Horton, Michael; Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; copyright 2008; p. 121-122

What I Need First Of All

What I need first of all us not exhortation, but a gospel, not directions for saving myself but knowledge of how God has saved me. Have you any good news? That is the question I ask of you. I know your exhortations will not help me. But if anything has been done to save me, will you not tell me the facts?

– J. Graham Machen

As quoted by – Horton, Michael; Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; copyright 2008; p. 77