For the next number of weeks, I will be joining with others at Challies.com, as we read and share observations from the book Christianity and Liberalism, by J. Gresham Machen.
This week's chapter, entitled "The Bible" discusses the liberal view of Scripture. Machen opens pondering the source of the Christian message: "The Christian message has come to us through the Bible. What shall we think about this Book in which the message is contained?"
Machen discusses the alternatives that liberals come up with in their approach to faith. Whether it is a focus on Christian experience over belief or questioning the plenary inspiration of Scripture, Machen confirms that liberals stray from confessional Christianity when they do not have a proper understanding of the doctrine of Scripture.
I like how he ends the chapter:
The Christian man, on the other hand, finds in the Bible the very word of God. Let it not be said that dependence upon a book is a dead or an artificial thing. The Reformation of the sixteenth century was founded upon the authority of the Bible, yet it set the world aflame. Dependence upon a word of man would be slavish, but dependence upon God's Word is life. Dark and gloomy would be the world, if were were left to our own devices, and had no blessed Word of God.