The church needs neither.

I could not help but retweet this from an old friend of mine, Josh.

He and I went to The San Diego State together, even rooming together for our sophomore year.  Beyond that, we both left the broad-tent world of American evangelicalism behind for the confessional world of Presbyterianism.

Preach the Gospel with words.  Sing them if necessary. Soli Deo Gloria!

The reward for ardor

Come near to the holy men and women of the past and you will soon feel the heat of their desire after God.  They mourned for Him, they prayed and wrestled and sought for him day and night, in season and out, and when they had found Him the finding was all the sweeter for the long seeking.  Moses used the fact that he knew God as an argument for knowing Him better. “Now, therefore I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, show me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight”; and from there he rose to make the daring request, “I beseech thee, show me thy glory.” God was frankly pleased by this display of ardor, and the next day called Moses into the mount, and there in solemn procession made all His glory pass before him.

A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God, emphasis mine.