There are congregations, even in the present age of conflict, that are really gathered around the table of the crucified Lord; there are pastors that are pastors indeed. But such congregations, in many cities, are difficult to find. Weary with the conflicts of the world, one goes into the Church to seek refreshment for the soul. And what does one find? Alas, too often, one finds only the turmoil of the world. The preacher comes forward, not out of a secret place of mediation and power, not with the authority of God’s Word permeating his message, not with human wisdom pushed far into the background by the glory of the Cross, but with human opnions about the social problems of the hour or easy solutions of the vast problem of sin. Such is the sermon. And perhaps the sermon is closed by one those hymns beathing out the angry passions of 1861, which are to be found in the back part of the hymnals. Thus the warfare of the world has entered into even the house of God, and sad indeed is the heart of the man who has come seeking peace.
Is there no refuge from strife? Is there no place of refreshing where a man can prepare for the abattle of life? Is there no place where two or three can gather in Jesus’ name, to forget for the moment all those things that divide nation from nation and race from race, to forget human pride, to forget passions of war, to forget the puzzling problems of industrial strife, and to unite in overflowing gratitude at the foot of the Cross? If there be such a place, then that is the house of God and that the gate of Heaven. And from under the threshold of that house will go forth a river that will revive the weary world.
J. Gresham Machen- Christianity and Liberalism