|Better living trend a ‘silly’ rejection of grace|
|Written by Staff|
|Monday, 10 November 2008 12:00 AM America/New_York|
The growing trend of presenting the gospel as a form of self-help is squeezing out the true message of Jesus, writes Michael Horton in Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church (978-0-801-01318-8, Baker Books/Baker Publishing Group), which releases this month.
Horton, professor of systematic theology and apologetics at Westminster Seminary California and editor of Modern Reformation magazine, believes that too much outside influence, such as consumerism, has changed the message of the church.
“I think there has been a naïve embrace of cultural practices that we thought were neutral and found out were not,” he told Christian Retailing. “It makes a big difference if we view ourselves as sinners who need radical grace as opposed to being consumers who need a good product.”
“The therapeutic understanding of human beings is unsound, that they are good souls that need to be loved,” he said. “The biblical view of human beings is that they are created in God’s image but fallen, can’t save themselves, and what they need is the good news, not good instructions.”
“The gospel doesn’t give us something to do,” he said. “It gives us something to believe.”
“I don’t think anyone would want a doctor who says ‘my major goal is to make you feel good about yourself,’ ” he said.
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