J. Gresham Machen is fastly becoming one of my favorite writers. Founder of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in the USA, and one of the founders of Westminster Theological Seminary, Mr. Machen is known for standing as a beacon against liberal Christianity in the 20’s and 30’s.
The following is a really great excerpt from the book, “What is Faith” that shows why I think he is such a great writer. In the chapter called, “Faith and Works” Mr. Machen says the following:
What a great theologian is the Christian heart – the Christian heart that has been touched by redeeming grace!
The man who has felt the burden of sin roll away at the sight of the Cross, who has said of the Lord Jesus, “He loved me and gave Himself for me,” who has sung with Toplady: “Nothing in my hand I bring, Simply to Thy cross I cling” – that man knows in his heart of hearts that the Apostle is right (Paul in the book of Galatians), that to trust Christ only for part is not to trust Him at all, that our own righteousness is insufficient even to bridge the smallest gap which might be left open between us and God, that there is no hope unless we can safely say to the Lord Jesus, without shadow of reservation, without shadow of self – trust: “Thou must save, and Thou alone.”