We embrace preferences rather than truths.
We seek comfort rather than growth. Essentially Horton diagnoses this problem as Pelagianism. One of the sources he cites in substantiating this claim is a study of sermons from the Presbyterian Church and the Southern Baptist Convention by sociologist Marsha Witten, which provides ample evidence for his claims 48ff.
Horton concedes that while American Christianity is probably not totally Pelagian, it is at least strongly semi-Pelagian Chapters three through five offer forms that the problem takes and ample examples of those problems. Chapter three is focused on the issue of eliminating the Law and offering the Gospel as really just a lighter version of the Law. God just wants you to do your best.
Joel Osteen is frequently cited as an example of this. But the main rule is to honor God with your life.
To live a life of integrity. Not be selfish.
You know, help others. Chapter four offers the problem of people turning the Gospel from a proclamation of what God has done for us to advice and exhortation to improve ourselves Horton argues that this happens when what we do becomes more important than faith in the Gospel deeds vs.
Compre o livro Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church na seatreiraecinin.ga: confira as ofertas para livros em inglês e importados. Does it mean that the whole American church (all traditions, From “Christless Christianity” and “alternative gospel,” to “well on our way,” we.
In contrast, proper preaching of the Law and of the Gospel will lead to true Christian living Chapter five deals with the transformation of the message of Christ into a subjective matter. My personal relationship with Jesus is mine. I do not share it with the church.
Ultimately, Horton points out that this is really just enthusiasm and Gnosticism Though these are antithetical to the gospel, we have often made them part and parcel with it. Though we invoke the name of Christ, too often Christ and the Christ-centered gospel are pushed aside.
It trivializes God, making him a means to our selfish ends. Horton skillfully diagnoses the problem and points to the solution: a return to the unadulterated gospel of salvation. Here is a must-read for anyone concerned about the state and future of Christianity and the church in America. No Comments.