Christianity and Liberalism comes to a close with a chapter on “The Church.” In a book that is so doctrinally robust—dealing with topics concerning God and Man, the Bible, Christ, and salvation—contemporary Christians might be a bit surprised to find an entire chapter devoted to the church. But Machen was reformed and therefore the church is very, very important. He refers to it as the “most important” social institution (p. 133). Channeling Cyprian and Calvin before him, Machen says, “[W]hen, according to Christian belief, lost souls are saved, the saved ones become united in the Christian Church” (p. 133). A bit later he is even more frank, “…true Christians must everywhere be united to the brotherhood of the Christian church” (p. 133).
I must confess something. I laughed a little out loud when I read those last two quotes. I wasn’t … Read More »