Commenting upon this text:
“And Micaiah said, As Jehovah lives, Surely that which Jehovah says to me, that I will speak” (1 Kings 22:14).
Machen says this:
“Yes, my friends, if you be true prophets like Micaiah, you will be called upon to warn the church. But you will also be called upon to warn individual men and women. And the thing about which you will be called upon to warn them is sin. In warning men of sin you will of course often have to cast popularity aside. Like some good physicians, you will be laughed at as alarmists and hated as those who take the pleasure out of life. Men love to be encouraged by false hopes; the world is full of quack remedies for sin. In this spiritual sphere, moreover, there is no protection against quacks; there is no paternalistic state legislature to regulate medical practice and protect the unwary from their fate. In such a world of quackery and of false optimism you will have to come forward with your terrible diagnosis of sin” (Machen, God Transcendent, pp. 122-123).
Just as regeneration and conversion by the Spirit of Truth is the antidote to Arminianism, so also is regeneration and conversion such an antidote to one of the most bombastic blustering and spiritually-spineless quacks I’ve read — Quack-Meister Machen.
“And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes in front of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will not follow a stranger, never! But they will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of the strangers” (John 10:4-5).
John 10:4-5 is not only a precious remedy against the Satanic devices of Machen, it also proves as a sufficient antidote to neutralize and annihilate the particular gospel-denying heresy of Hyper-Calvinism which attempts to unlawfully separate regeneration from conversion in such a way that would have the regenerate sheep following a stranger for an unspecified amount of time prior to conversion. For a much more thorough and expounded account of the damnable heresy of Hyper-Calvinism, see the following article by Marc D. Carpenter: