For He knows what we are made of …

“For He knows what we are made of, how we are formed, He knows our frame, He is mindful, remembers that we are dust. This knowledge of God embraces our constitutional temperament, the feebleness of our understanding, the strength of our fears, the shattered state of our nerves, the violence of temptations, our readiness to sink into melancholy, and everything calling for tender compassions.”
– William S. Plumer

Fix your eyes on the only One Who truly understands …

“Fix your eyes on the only One Who truly understands, because He’s the only One Who has ever experienced true loneliness.”

“for the first time in eternity, Jesus discovered true, ultimate loneliness. When He “became sin for us” (2 Corinthians 5:21), God Himself had to turn His face away and cut Him off.
Suddenly Jesus had no one at all — not even God!
In this new, strange, hellish horror, Jesus let loose a roar: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46).
“[It is] a scream of despairing agony in the darkness. It is the picture of an eclipsed God and a lost soul; it is the hour and power of darkness: the hosts of hell fill it, and the opaque sins of a world thicken it: It is Jesus bearing MY sin in His own body on the tree. It is Jesus taking the place of a lost soul.” (Oswald J. Sanders, Christ Incomparable, p.167.)
Jesus on the cross became truly lonely, so that you and I would never need to be.

When on the cross Jesus found out what real loneliness felt like, He made sure it need never happen to you.”

-from p.28,29 of “Fix Your Eyes On Jesus” by Anne Ortlund.

Many persons who …

“Many persons who have been raised in our churches no longer think in terms of reverence, which seems to indicate that they doubt God’s presence is there! Much of the blame must be placed on the growing acceptance of a worldly secularism that seems much more appealing than any real desire for the spiritual life that is pleasing to God.
We secularize God; we secularize the gospel of Christ and we secularize worship! No great and spiritually minded men of God are going to come out of such churches, nor any great spiritual movement of believing prayer and revival.
If God is to be honored and revered and truly worshiped, He may have to sweep us away and start somewhere else! Let us confess that there is a necessity for true worship among us.
If God is who He says He is and if we are the believing people of God we claim to be, we must worship Him! In my own assessment, for men and women to lose the awareness of God in our midst is a loss too terrible ever to be appraised!”
– A. W. Tozer

Abandon Facts but Keep Feelings? (Machen)

The Reformed Reader

J. Gresham Machen Liberalism is not new.  The liberal seminary magazines I get in the mail are printed in full color and talk about smartphones, laptops, and podcasts, but the liberalism in them pre-dates today’s technology.  The magazine I got in the mail last week doesn’t mention the cross, sin or the resurrection, and it barely mentions Jesus or the Bible.  But it does talk about social justice, “Christian” art, interfaith dialogues, and debt.  This kind of liberalism has been around quite some time.

J. Gresham Machen and others had to deal with liberalism a century ago.  Back then the liberals didn’t mind letting go of facts as long as they could keep their religious feelings.  In other words, it didn’t matter to them if Jesus actually came back to life.  What was important was that they could feel him living on in their hearts.  Machen addressed this false Christianity quite well:

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Lyrics to song “The Consequence Of Silence” by band A Past Unknown.

Lyrics to song “The Consequence Of Silence” by band A Past Unknown.
 
LYRICS:
What does this mean to you when carelessness has caught you by the throat and your influence is drown out? It’s time to be somebody, it’s time to stand up for the truth, stop being this coward they have made you.
 
What’s the problem? Is it worth it when the crowd shuts your mouth in fear of rejection? That’s the problem, what’s thought of you determines who you are. Speak up, no one tells you who you are but your Creator.
 
They will hear walls crashing down when your words break the silence. How much do you have to hate if you don’t say anything? You can never reveal true love when fear shuts you up.
 
Calling you out to step up and see your hatred is revealed when your mouth says nothing. This is me, this is everything I don’t want to be. We all see the power of silence has a never ending consequence to those perishing; I won’t be a coward for my King.
 
What’s the problem? It’s not worth it. The crowd will never shut my mouth in fear of rejection. The truth in love is too much to keep me silent. When you hear the walls crashing down don’t hide behind the coward you’ve become. The crowd will taunt but never drown me out.

Who pardons all your iniquities …

“Who pardons all your iniquities: without forgiveness of sins life would be a burden. Pardon is not a state to which the believer raises himself by a long and holy course, – it is an act of God’s free mercy and grace in Christ Jesus. …Pardon and purity are the medicines of the Gospel. Unless we be made like Christ, we shall never be with Christ.”
– William S. Plumer