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:

“It…

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Religious knowledge vs true faith

Knowing God through His Word ... Day by Day

And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, “Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” — Luke 4:33-34 ESV

J.C. Ryle with a warning from this passage:

We should notice, in this passage, the clear religious knowledge possessed by the devil and his agents. Twice in these verses we have proof of this. “I know you who you are, the holy one of God,” was the language of an unclean devil in one case. “You are Christ the son of God,” was the language of many devils in another. Yet this knowledge was a knowledge unaccompanied by faith, or hope, or charity. Those who possessed it were miserable fallen beings, full of bitter hatred both…

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Necessary Conflict

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conflict

I’m not a guy that enjoys conflict.  In fact I’ve been a guy that has always tried to avoid conflict with two exceptions.  The first being that I enjoyed competitive sports and I liked the battle that occurred on a wrestling mat when I was, shall we say, a younger man…  I also appreciated a good fight when I was younger.  It allowed me to test my metal so to speak.  I’m not proud of that anymore by the grace of God.  In fact I’m mostly repulsed by it but it’s a part of my past that I can’t ignore.

But sometimes conflict is necessary and sometimes it’s good.  As a Christian we must have conflict because we are in a world that is hostile to Christianity and hostile to truth.  There are also times to confront sin.  It could be in our own home, or it could be within…

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Psalm 124 (Psalm Sunday, Week 19)

Psalm Sunday
Week 19

Psalm 124
21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

“1) “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side”—now may Israel say—
2) “if it had not been the Lord who was on our side when men rose up against us,
3) then would they have swallowed us up alive when their wrath was kindled against us;
4) then would the waters have overwhelmed us, the stream would have gone over our soul;
5) then the proud waters would have gone over our soul.”
6) Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.
7) Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped.
8) Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”

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Introducing my other blog/site: Battle, Adventure, Beauty.

Hello, everyone. I’d like to tell you all that I created a second blog/site here on WordPress, and it’s called Battle, Adventure, Beauty.

Visit my additional blog/site and read the “Hello, World!” post, it pretty much explains all you need to know about that blog; why I made it, what I’ll post there, and other possible questions you may have. If you’ll have a question about it, ask it in comments here or on that post.

I’d greatly appreciate it if you follow that blog if you’re already following this one. As far as I can tell my Battle, Adventure, Beauty site is already following all the people I’m following with this site but I have no followers on that site yet. I’d like to get up to the same number of followers as I have on this blog/site. Help me out, everyone who’s following this blog/site already. Thank you for reading. Look for many posts there in the near future; even now I’ve posted a number of things and will keep adding when I log in to my WordPress.

Link to Battle, Adventure, Beauty front/home page:

https://battleadventurebeauty.wordpress.com

Song “Search Me Out” by artist Ivoryline (lyrics & video/audio)

Song: Search Me Out
Artist: Ivoryline

Lyrics:
I need you to show me how,
You would do this for me.
Search me in and search me out,
Tell me everything.

Lead the way, keep restraint,
Put to bed listening,
Come on down and show me how,
You would do this for me.

The greater you know yourself,
The more darkness you’ve missed,
You still find a trace of hell.

Get it out, get it out, get it out right now,
While you still can, while you still can.
Get it out, get it out, out right now,
While you still can, while you still can.

I will, I will trust only your hand,
To get it out, get it out, out right now,
While you still can, while you still can.

I can’t write when I’m worried,
These things inside of me.
I can’t hear when I’m hurried,
These things are not me.

I can’t pray when I’m proud,
I need you to speak loudly in me.

The greater you know yourself,
The more darkness you’ve missed,
You still find a trace of hell.

Get it out, get it out, get it out right now,
While you still can, while you still can.
Get it out, get it out, out right now,
While you still can, while you still can.

I will, I will trust only your hand,
To get it out, get it out, out right now,
While you still can, while you still can.

Keep cutting
Cut out what’s left of me
That I’m holding
Cause it still got a hold of me

(The greater you know yourself,
The more darkness you’ve missed,
You still find a trace of hell.)

Get it out, get it out, get it out right now,
While you still can, while you still can.
Get it out, get it out, out right now,
While you still can, while you still can.

I will, I will trust only your hand,
To get it out, get it out, out right now,
While you still can, while you still can.

Covered By The Blood

Unashamed of Jesus

How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered! Psalm 32:1

Are you covered by the blood of Christ? Are your transgressions forgiven? The first thing we need to realize is that we are all sinners (Romans 3:23) this is why we all need Jesus. Without the blood of Christ there is no other way for your sins to be forgiven. Once you realize this, you realize how blessed we are through Jesus Christ.

The blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7) When Jesus took to the cross, he shed his blood for you and me. Through his royal blood all of our sins have been forgiven. Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2) when Jesus said “ It Is Finished” (John 19:30) all  your sins have been washed away. Jesus defeated death…

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