“I had expected, of course, criticism and scoffing, and that the old cry and accusation, ‘heresy hunter,’ would go up. But what surprised me was the intemperate and bitter abuse which poured forth. At the meeting of the Presbytery when the overture was adopted, I thought for a moment that one of the Presbyters was going to make a physical assault upon me. The letters of abuse poured in like a flood. I have preserved these letters in my files, and I call them, the ‘Liturgy of Execration.’ The so-called Liberals and Modernists certainly did not live up to their vaunted reputation and their claim of ‘sweetness and light.'”
— Rev. Clarence E. Macartney, D.D., The Making of a Minister (Great Neck, New York: Channel Press, 1961), p. 186

“On such occasions as this it is the usual custom to speak only of the minister’s approach to a world of unbelief. When we talk about his faith and work, we generally mean his work of taking the gospel to the world outside the Church. But today no thoughtful man can speak to students going out into the ministry without reminding them that they will have to fight for the faith within the Church itself. Nor can this be done without suffering great reproach. Let no man take a hand in this witness who cannot endure the shafts of scorn and the epithets taken from the liturgy of execration. Yet, was it the world, was it Jesus Christ who said: ‘Beware when all men shall speak well of you’?”
— Rev. Clarence E. Macartney, D.D., Loyal to Jesus Christ: Address to the graduating class at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Cincinnati, Ohio: The Herald and Presbyter Vol. XCVI, June 3, 1925), p. 10

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