Monday, August 17, 2009

"God has Never Deserted his Church," so neither should you

That Church is still alive; an unbroken spiritual descent connects us with those whom Jesus commissioned.

Times have changed in many respects, new problems must be faced and new difficulties overcome, but the same message must still be proclaimed to a lost world. Today we have need of all our faith; unbelief and error have perplexed us sore; strife and hatred have set the world aflame.

There is only one hope, but that hope is sure. God has never deserted his church; his promise never fails.
J. Gresham Machen, quoted in J. Gresham Machen: A Biographical Memoir, 386.

I like how Machen talks about the "one hope" of the church. Believers only have one hope, but as he says, this one hope is sure. No one can touch this hope. God stands alone as our only hope, because there is no one like him. It is this God who establishes his people and sustains them to the end.

He hasn't deserted the church, so neither should you.

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