Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Determines Everything Else

Our sermon last Lord's Day reminded me of this stirring conclusion to J. Gresham Machen's classic work, Christianity & Liberalism,

Is there no refuge from the strife? Is there no place of refreshing where a man can prepare for the battle of life? Is there no place where two or three can gather in Jesus' name, to forget for the moment all those things that divide nation from nation and race from race, to forget human pride, to forget the passions of war, to forget the puzzling problems of industrial strife, and to unite in overflowing gratitude at the foot of the Cross? If there be such a place, then that is the house of God and that the gate of heaven. And from under the threshold of that house will go forth a river that will revive the weary world.

Machen was speaking of the church. He was not advocating an escapist mentality. Rather, he was keeping life in its proper order. Christ, the Word of God, the church, our worship--these are the things that matter most and which will ultimately determine everything else.

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