Harken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged (Isaiah 51:1).

Have the lessons of the Reformation been forgotten in our land? Are the doctrines of Reformed theology no longer valid? Did Luther take a stand not justified by subsequent events, or did Calvin labor for a lost cause? Have the distinctives of Protestantism become blurred in an ecumenicity that ignores the paradox—Christ divides when he unites?

Protestantism has often sheltered an individualism that has led to splitting of hairs and the separating of true believers. This is to be regretted, though far more dangerous is an emerging concept of the Church which views ecclesiastical unity as a goal to be attained without reference to truths that comprise Christianity itself.

We are witnessing today a dimming of Protestant convictions, and as there is no corresponding complacency on the part of the Church of Rome, she is astutely taking advantage of our softness and ignorance. Furthermore, the unbelieving world sees very few within Protestantism who preach and teach with conviction while at the same time living lives consistent with Christian discipleship.

We are urged on every side to exercise “tolerance.” Tolerance of what? The human body which tolerates infection is doomed. The organism which resists infection lives. Our Lord was supremely intolerant. He said that he is the way, the truth, and the life. He affirmed that he is the door, the only entrance to eternal life. At no point in his teaching did he tolerate the idea of salvation in any other. The early Church believed and preached this truth.

Later when the injection of error was tolerated, the Western ...

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