alien righteousness

J. Gresham Machen quotes from Christianity and Liberalism

Paul saw very clearly that the difference between the Judiazers and himself was the difference between two entirely distinct types of religion; it was the difference between a religion of merit and a religion of grace. If Christ provides only a part of our salvation leaving us to provide the rest, then we are still hopeless under the load of sin. For no matter how small the gap which much be bridged before salvation can be attained, the awakened conscience sees clearly that our wretched attempt at goodness is insufficient even to bridge that gap. The guilty soul enters again into the hopeless reckoning with God, to determine whether we have really done our part. And thus we groan again under the old bondage of the law. Such an attempt to piece out the work of Christ by our own merit, Paul clearly, is the very essence of unbelief; Christ will do everything or nothing, and the only hope is to throw ourselves unreservedly on his mercy and trust Him for all. -J. Gresham Machen, Christianity and Liberalism from the chapter on Doctrine, 24, 25

Another Machen quote from the same chapter:

Here is found the most fundamental difference between liberalism and Christianity–liberalism is altogether in the imperative mood, while Christianity begins with a triumphant indicative; liberalism appeals to man’s will, while Christianity announces, first, a gracious act of God.” 47

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