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Posted by in Pastor's Blog on February 17th, 2010
It has been almost one hundred years since New Testament scholar Dr. J. Gresham Machen wrote his book, Christianity and Liberalism. In that magnificent work Dr Machen makes the case that “Christian liberalism” is a completely different religion, that is antithetical to Christianity. The following is a quote from Machen’s chapter on Doctrine:
Christianity is based, then, upon an account of something that happened, and the Christian worker is primarily a witness. But if so, it is rather important that the Christian worker should tell the truth. When a man takes his seat upon the witness stand, it makes little difference what the cut of his coat is, or whether his sentences are nicely turned. The important thing is that he tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. If we are to be truly Christians, then, it does make a vast difference what our teachings are, and it is by no means aside from the point to set ford: the teachings of Christianity in contrast with the teachings of the chief modern rival of Christianity.
The chief modern rival of Christianity is “liberalism.” An examination of the teachings of liberalism in comparison with those of Christianity will show that at every point the two movements are in direct opposition.
Dr Albert Mohler has written an interesting article about liberalism that shows that history confirms Machen’s evaluation of it in 1923. The article can be found here.