The Beginning of True Nobility

J. Gresham Machen, speaking of the doctrine of justification by faith, writes,

It is an answer to the greatest personal question ever asked by the human soul–the question: ‘How shall I be right with God; how do I stand in God’s sight; with what favour does He look upon me?’ There are those, it must be admitted, who never raise that question; there are those who are concerned with the question of their standing before men, but never with the question of their standing before God; there are those who are interested in what ‘people say,’ but not in the question what God says. Such men, however, are not those who move the world; they are apt to go with the current; they are apt to do as others do; they are not the heroes who change the destinies of the race. The beginning of true nobility comes when a man ceases to be interested in the judgment of men, and becomes interested in the judgment of God.  (What is Faith?, 163)

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