An Excerpt from Thielicke

I was reading a chapter in his book, “The Waiting Father”, and was struck by this paragraph:

“Why am I so afraid of these phrases which sound so solid and dependable? Because people want the gifts of the Lord Christ but they do not want him. He once walked among our people and trod our soil. His apostles and missionaries and reformers were the messengers who brought his Word to us and invited us to let him be our Saviour. And because our forefathers grasped this Hand of God, because they entered into his peace and found deliverance from fear and guilt in the atonement of the Cross, there grew in them a whole new concept of humanity.…”