Thursday, September 23, 2021

Machen: Christian globalization

Thursday, September 23, 2021
    [Jesus:] “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”
    —Matthew 16:26 (NIV)
    The field of Christianity is the world. The Christian cannot be satisfied so long as any human activity is either opposed to Christianity or out of all connection with Christianity. Christianity must pervade not merely all nations, but also all of human thought. The Christian, therefore, cannot be indifferent to any branch of earnest human endeavor. It must all be brought into some relation to the gospel. It must be studied either in order to be demonstrated as false, or else in order to be made useful in advancing the Kingdom of God.
    ... J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937), The Princeton Theological Review, v. 11, 1911, p. 6 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 16:26; Hos. 6:6; Isa. 6:1-3; Mark 8:36; 1 Cor. 13:9-12; Phil. 3:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, lead me to dedicate all my undertakings and studies to You.
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