A Prayer Before Preaching

God, save me
from the sin of paring down the gospel
to suit the pride of men.

God grant
that I may deliver your message
straight and full and plain,
that, whatever else I may sacrifice,
I will have one thing—
the favor of my Lord Jesus Christ.

(Based on the words of J. Gresham Machen, “Prophets False and True,” in God Transcendent (Edinburgh, 1982), page 125).

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