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)
Andrew Wilson gives a four minute answer here.
“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 fruit of rampant individualism in our culture is massive loneliness. Rick Warren
‘Though something of Christ be unfolded in one age, and something in another, yet eternity itself cannot fully unfold him.’ John Flavel
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.
Arminian/Open Theism/Revised Theisms
Anti-Penal Substitutionary Atonement (PSA)
There are many times in our life when our faith just comes down to shear obedience. If you love me keep my commandments. CS Lewis
It is not in the power of the devil to do so much harm, as God can do good; nay, we may be bold to say, it is not in the will, not in the desire of the devil to do so much harm, as God would do good.
… John Donne (1573-1631)
Not the disappearance but the decline.
Some day multiple generations will be able to sing together again and praise team divas will be “eight track” memories.
“Think like a prophet, serve like a priest, and plan like a king.” Tim Keller