Saturday, February 12, 2022

Machen: all is denied

Saturday, February 12, 2022
    Commemoration of Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection (Nicolas Herman), spiritual writer, 1691
    When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.
    —Luke 24:9-11 (NIV)
    It makes very little difference how much or how little of the creeds of the Church the Modernist preacher affirms, or how much or how little of the Biblical teaching from which the creeds are derived. He might affirm every jot and tittle of the Westminster Confession, for example, and yet be separated by a great gulf from the Reformed Faith. It is not that part is denied and the rest affirmed; but all is denied, because all is affirmed merely as useful or symbolic and not as true.
    ... J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937), What is Faith? [1925], The Macmillan Company, 1925, reprint Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans, 1962, p. 34 (see the book)
    See also Luke 24:9-11; Acts 8:18-24; 2 Tim. 4:3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your word is true.
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