Posted by: chuckbumgardner | June 23, 2007

Contending for Our All, part 4: Prologue

Machen: “It is perfectly true, of course, that argument alone is quite insufficient to make a man a Christian.  You may argue with him from now until the end of the world; you may bring forth the most magnificent arguments — but all will be in vain unless there is one other thing: the mysterious, creative power of the Holy Spirit in the new birth.  But because argument is insufficient, it does not follow that it is unnecessary.  Sometimes it is used directly by the Holy Spirit to bring a man to Christ.  But more frequently it is used indirectly.” And Piper rightly notes, “The Holy Spirit makes a biblical argument compelling in the mouth of the teacher and in the heart of the student.” CfOA, 19. Machen is quoted from “Christian Scholarship and the Defense of the Faith,” in J. Gresham Machen: Selected Shorter Writings, ed. D. G. Hart (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2004), 144-45.

“If we do not delight in Christ through the truth that we defend, our defense is not for the sake of the preciousness of Christ.” Piper, CfOA, 21

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