Living Words – J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937)

‘We look not for a continuation of spiritual conditions that now exist, but for an outburst of new power; we are seeking in particular to arouse youth from its present uncritical repetition of current phrases into some genuine examination of the basis of life; and we believe that Christianity flourishes not in the darkness, but…

The Active Obedience of Christ

What did Christ accomplish for the elect? The Bible teaches that through Him all who believe obtain pardon and righteousness (Acts 10:43; Rom. 5:9-11). Our sins were imputed to him as he lay on the cross and so we have pardon. Through his blood our guilt is washed away. But what about righteousness, how did…

Christianity and Culture (Part 3 of 3)

The chief obstacle to the Christian religion today lies in the sphere of the intellect. That assertion must be guarded against two misconceptions.   In the first place, I do not mean that most men reject Christianity consciously on account of intellectual difficulties. On the contrary, rejection of Christianity is due in the vast majority…

Christianity and Culture (Part 2 of 3)

          Certain obvious advantages are connected with such a solution of the problem. In the first place, a logical advantage. A man can believe only what he holds to be true. We are Christians because we hold Christianity to be true. But other men hold Christianity to be false. Who is…

Christianity and Culture (Part 1 of 3)

                   Christianity and Culture By J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937) Originally published in The Princeton Theological Review, Vol. 11, 1913. One of the greatest of the problems that have agitated the Church is the problem of the relation between knowledge and piety, between culture and Christianity. This problem has appeared first of all in the presence of…