Thursday, May 05, 2022

Machen: the fruits of indolence

Thursday, May 5, 2022
    [Jesus:] “By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?”
    —Matthew 7:16 (NIV)
    Modern culture is a mighty force. It is either subservient to the gospel or else it is the deadliest enemy of the gospel. For making it subservient, religious emotion is not enough, intellectual labor is also necessary. And that labor is being neglected. The Church has turned to easier tasks. And now she is reaping the fruits of her indolence. Now she must battle for her life.
    ... J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937), The Princeton Theological Review, v. 11, 1911, p. 13 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 7:15-16; Prov. 18:9; Isa. 56:10; Rom. 16:17-18; Phil. 1:27; 1 Tim. 6:12; Jude 1:2
Quiet time reflection:
    Strengthen Your church, Lord, for the battle ahead.
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