[The Gospel] is not a projection of [our] innate spirituality. It is revealed, not discovered, not invented. It is of grace, not works. It is conferred, not attained. It is a gift to our poverty, not a triumph of our resource. It is something which holds us, it is not something that we hold. It is something that saves us, and nothing that we have to save. Its Christ is a Christ sent to us and not developed from us, bestowed on our need and not produced from our strength, and He is given for our sin more than for our weakness.
....Now of these two tendencies one means the destruction of preaching.
If it cease to be God’s word, descending on men and intervening in
history, then it will cease as an institution in due time. It may become
lecturing, or it may become oratory, but as preaching it must die out with
a positive Gospel. People cannot be expected to treat a message of insight
from man to man as they do a message of revelation from God to man. An age
cannot be expected to treat a message from anoth
er age as they
treat a message from Eternal God to every age. Men with the
passion of the present cannot be expected to listen even to a
message from humanity as they would to one from God. And if humanity redeem
itself you will not be able to prevent each member of it from feeling that
he is his own redeemer.
P T Forsyth,
as quoted in Jason
Goroncy's forthcoming book: ‘Descending on Humanity and Intervening in History’: Notes from the Pulpit
Ministry of P.T. Forsyth, to be published soon by Pickwick Publications.