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J. Gresham Machen on “Taking a Stand”

February 2, 2008

J. Gresham Machen, one of the founders of the old Westminster Theological Seminary (which sadly has changed in some respects from the original principles and views of its founders) wrote and preached very insightfully. Here is a word for our day, and to all those evanGELLYcal preachers, who speak of uniting with “like-minded” churches and brethren. When I think about it, I don’t know what “like-minded” means anymore!

“That disaster is a figure of what will come of optimism in the churches of today. Superficially our ecclesiastical life seems to be progressing as it always did: the cabins are full of comfortable passengers; the orchestra is playing a lively air; the rows of lighted windows shine cheerfully out into the night. But all the time death is lurking beneath. In this time of deadly peril there are leaders who say that all is well; there are leaders who decry controversy and urge peace, declaring that the church is all perfectly loyal and true. God forgive them, brethren! I say it with all my heart: may God forgive them for the evil that they are doing to Christ’s little ones: may the Holy Spirit open their eyes while yet there is time! Meanwhile, in the case of many of the churches, the great ship rushes onward to the risk, at least, of doom.”

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2008 8:59 pm

    Good to see you updating the blog once again. This is an interesting illustration from one of the ‘old masters.’ Looking forward to seeing you and the family in March.
    Best Regards
    Paul

  2. February 3, 2008 4:12 pm

    🙂 long time no update

  3. calvin (not John) permalink
    February 22, 2008 6:49 pm

    Keep up the good work.
    Giz a call sometime soon…

  4. April 6, 2008 2:03 pm

    Just one reason (among many) as to why I believe in independent local churches!

  5. Keith (from Salisbury) permalink
    September 30, 2008 5:12 pm

    Very good post Pooyan and thankyou. Think all should take note of Ezekiel being the watchmen and his faithfulness in discharging ministry in perilous times. One of the many helps scripture sets out for us is in that book. Pray that I be likewise faithful in all things. Regards from Emmanuel brethren.

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