Tuesday, October 25, 2011

J. Gresham Machen: Give me the Gospel, Not Exhortations.

What good does it do me to tell me that the type of religion presented in the Bible is a very fine type of religion and that the thing for me to do is just to start practicing that type of religion now? ... I will tell you, my friend. It does not one tiniest little bit of good.... 
What I need first of all is not exhortation but a gospel, not directions for saving myself but knowledge of how God has saved me.  Have you any good news for me?  That is the question that I ask of you.  I know your exhortations will not help me.  But if anything has been done to save me, will you not tell me the facts?                           

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