CHRISTIANITY AND LIBERALISM, CHAPTER 5: “Christ”
We continue our Wednesday night study through J. Gresham Machen’s Christianity and Liberalism on April 1st, discussing Chapter 5, “Christ.”
In this chapter Machen unpacks the radical difference between those for whom Christ is “merely an example for faith,” as opposed to those for whom Christ is “the religious object of saving faith.” Liberalism makes Jesus the founder of Christianity because he was the first Christian, one who pioneered a new way of living, which we should seek to emulate. It is the Liberal Jesus who inspired the famous phrase, “What Would Jesus Do?” first used in Charles Sheldon’s 1896 book, In His Steps.
This is in stark contrast to the Christianity of the New Testament records. Machen writes:
The Jesus spoken of in the New Testament was no mere teacher of righteousness, no mere pioneer in a new type of religious life, but One who was regarded, and regarded Himself, as the Saviour whom men could trust.”Christianity and Liberalism, p. 85
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