Read and consider what this book might teach us about the struggles against liberalism in any of its various forms. This should be of interest even to those of my friends who still do not believe (that they believe) in the God of the Bible as they face the fallout of political liberalism every day.
Crossed Fingers is a monograph, fat though it is. It is not a history of Presbyterianism; it is a study of how the liberals captured one Presbyterian denomination: the main one. The story I have written here has not previously been told. There are books on the Presbyterian conflict. There are doctoral dissertations on it. But chronicles are not enough: to know that the liberals captured the Northern Presbyterian Church. Something was missing: a detailed study of how the liberals did it.
This book partially fills the gap. It was a large gap; that is why this is a very large book. Yet this book only touches the highlights. Furthermore, there is no comparable book for any of the other mainline Protestant denominations, most of which have succumbed to the liberals' strategy of subversion. This void points to the present intellectual condition of American Protestantism. One thing is sure: conservative American Protestantism is not future-oriented. In this sense, it is lower class. Lower-class people and movements do not shape history; they are carried along in the back of the bus in order to be milked by those future-oriented people and movements that do shape history.
I know, I know. It's long and sometimes it's dry. It's important though, and not just for "church people" and Christians (although you should know that I connect the rot of the Church to correspond to -and lead- the rot in society...in this sense, you can see why I think this subject is vitally important).
Don't be like the anonymous pastor mentioned in the beginning, who said,
"If you can boil the story down into a pamphlet, I'll read it."
Why not? About such a person, the author says, truly:
His work on earth will leave no earthly trace, and even if it does, no one like him will ever read about it. He who ignores the past expects to be ignored in the future. He is therefore unlikely to commit the personal resources necessary to have a significant effect on the future.
We should learn about the past and apply those lessons, or we should expect to be ignored in the future.