Machen: Debate Is Preferable To Breach Of Faith And Suppression

Perhaps it may be objected that if we continue to be tolerated, we shall harm the church by an insistence upon the maintenance of a strict view of its doctrinal standards. I think that just from the “Liberal” point of view there ought not to be any such fear. The truth, after all, will prevail. If we are wrong, we shall come to naught. Surely it will be better to tolerate our teaching and to refute it in public discussion than to engage in a method of suppression which would clearly involved a breach of faith.

—J. Gresham Machen, to PCUSA committee

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