Thursday, September 20, 2007

A further comment on Machen, McLaren and the gospel

As a follow up to yesterday's post consider Machen's assessment of the critics who spurned Protestant theology as individualistic:

It is only be a baseless caricature that Christian missionaries are represented as though they had no interest in education or in the maintenance of a social life in this world; it is not true that they are interested only in saving individual souls and when the souls are saved leave them to their own devices.

Christian service, it is true, is not limited to the household of faith; all men, whether Christians or not, are our neighbours if they be in need. But if we really love our fellow men we shall never be content with binding up their wounds or pouring on oil or wine or rending them any such lesser service. We shall indeed do such things for them. But the main business of our lives will be to bring them to the Saviour of their souls.

Gresham Machen, Christianity & Liberalism, p. 157-8

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