Winsome Words 10/31/14

We may have as much of God as we will. Christ puts the key of the treasure chamber into our hand, and bids us take all that we want. If a man is admitted into the bullion vault ofa bank, and told to help himself, and comes out with one cent, whose fault is it that he is poor? Whose fault is it that Christian people generally have such scanty portions of   the free riches of God?     Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910)

Was Jesus A Christian?

“But it is equally important to observe that that religion which Jesus had was not Christianity. Christianity is a way of getting rid of sin, and Jesus was without sin. His religion was a religion of Paradise, not a religion of sinful humanity. It was a religion to which we may perhaps in some sort attain in heaven, when the process of our purification is complete (though even then the memory of redemption will never leave us); but certainly it is not a religion with which we can begin. The religion of Jesus was a religion of untroubled sonship; Christianity is a religion of the attainment of sonship by the redeeming work of Christ.”

This is from Machen’s book, Christianity and Liberalism, a book I cannot recommend more highly. I have read it several times and still refresh myself revisits. His basic thesis is that liberal Christianity is not Christianity but another religion. I believe that to be true.

The Progressive Evangelical Package

Yes, there is a package! So says Mere Orthodoxy.

Though Evangelical progressives constantly maintain their diversity and have no creedal core like the Neo-Puritans do, they have a discoverable unity in emphasis, values and doctrines. MO identifies the basic ideas that pop up on a regular basis and give you a pretty clear picture of their boundaries. One way or another an Evangelical progressive is going to get to one or more of them.

Pacifism

Egalitarianism

Arminian/Open Theism/Revised Theisms

Anti-Inerrancy

Interpretive Pluralism

Anti-Penal Substitutionary Atonement (PSA)

Marriage Revisionism