Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Daily Bible Verse

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Was J. Gresham Machen a Libertarian?

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:17–20, KJV 1900)

It is often contended that J. Gresham Machen was a libertarian.  But one of the advocates of this point of view is George Marsden, a liberal on the faculty of the modern Princeton Theological Seminary.  Of course Machen was opposed to Prohibition and publicly funded education because turning education over to the federal government or the state and local governments meant that children would be indoctrinated by the state at taxpayers' expense.

But does this mean that a theological conservative like J. Gresham Machen would support state sponsored lotteries, gambling on Indian reservations, prostitution in Las Vegas and other cities, or that Machen would support the "rights" of homosexuals to have state sponsored civil marriages or marriage in theologically liberal churches?  I do not think so.  Limited government is one thing and moral anarchy is quite another.  It is beyond any reasonable doubt that Machen would have been a product of his time and in the 1924-30 fundamentalist and modernist controversies Machen was decidedly against theological liberalism and moral relativism in the churches.  If this is true what reasonable person would conclude that Machen would have favored moral relativism in society at large?  Really?  I think Machen would be rolling over in his grave at the idea that abortion, gay marriage, prostitution, pornography, and gambling should be granted the status of individual liberty or some unalienable right granted by the Creator mentioned in the Declaration of Independence.

Moral anarchy and progressivism are based in the cultural Marxism spawned by Hegelian philosophy and the dialecticalism of neo-orthodoxy. Logic must be curbed, don't you know?  Irrationalism is the fad of the day in both politics and liberal "Evangelicalism".  But God's moral law is an absolute condemnation of sin in society and in the individual and all nations and individuals have an obligation to obey God's moral law.  

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