Monday, 24 September 2012
Christ Removed From Contemporary Christianity
Is it possible that the evangelical church today has left Christ out of Christianity altogether? Is it true to say that the faith and practice of British Christians today is more American than Christian? These are provocative questions that need to be asked and answered. While we invoke the name of Christ (sometimes), too often Christ and His Gospel are pushed aside. The result is a message and a faith that are"trivial, sentimental, affirming, and irrelevant" (Dr Michael Horton). This is an alternative "gospel" to the biblical one that generations of believers cherished but which today's modern 'Christians' have subjected to a reductionist process, and have rendered it a message of moralism, personal comfort, self-help, self-improvement, and individualistic religion. Such a message as is practiced in today's church trivialises God, and makes Him a means to our selfish ends. This is the problem facing the contemporary church and there is only one solution: a return to the unadulterated gospel of salvation as revealed in the pages of Scripture.