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August 15, 2014
The Author confesses his carnal life, and unbelief, as he exclaims others should also remain dead to God.A modern Pharisee, he shuns the child-like faith that King Jesus encourages us to posess, as a prerequesite to being born again.Author says it is problematic to want to "experience God" and throws Henry Blackaby under the bus for doing so.Folks, this is a real dilemna, when we have the unborn shooting down the very joy of being born again.When both Father and Son make their abode in your heart, your NEW heart, you will have joy unspeakable, you will know they are there.If you don't, you havnt been born again, and must continue seeking earnestly for the gift.I know, I spoke the words as a 15 yr old young man, only to be born again 30 yrs later and after drinking and drugging my life away.First time flatline, next time was as phillip told the ethiopian-if you believe with your WHOLE heart.
Other than the Bible, I would be surprised to find a book that gives Jesus as so much glory as "Christless Christianity". I'm in my 30's, and I've been a Christian a long time, and "active" in various churches and ministries throughout my life, and as I read this book I rediscovered the true Gospel. I didn't even realize when I started the book the extent to which I've been starved for the Good News. I've been so strung out on church that makes so many demands of me - demands of my time, my money, all my talents to show (or "prove") that I'm a Christian and born-again. While the Law is good and includes good things like tithing, acts of service, etc., that is the Law and not the Gospel, and is not our lifeline. The Gospel is Christ crucified for my transgression. Jesus gets all the glory and all the credit because He did all the work. I get no credit, but I get all of His love and forgiveness. Baptism and the Lord's Supper are not opportunities where I "have to" show my dedication and commitment, but they are signs of the commitment Jesus has for me. Over the last few days since reading the book I've found myself crying off and on because I am so moved at the realization of the Good News and how much I am loved and forgiven. While not the goal when I started the book, I have also found myself praying more throughout the day, but most all I say is "Thank you" to the Father and the Son for what they have done for me. I am overwhelmed at Jesus and the Father for reaching out to me, and coming down to my level. We need to hear the Gospel all the time: Christ crucified. It's like I've never truly realized how loved and forgiven I am - and all I have to do is absolutely nothing but receive that from Him. Wow. I'm a Christian who was raised in Church, but where has the Gospel been all my life? I'm so thankful I have it now. God amazes me. The world does not need an imitation, or something "popular" - it needs the real Good News.
I came here looking for a study guide for Christless Christianity as I prepare to read it again, this time with a women's study group. I am short on time but would agree with the high rated reviews/comments already published. This is a book that helps to shift the Christian's paradigm back to "true north" so to speak, as opposed to so many recent popular books that are trying to reinvent or add to the central message of Christianity. Mike Horton shows how this is connected primarily to the lack of understanding and practice of the essential doctrine of rightly dividing the Law and Gospel in preaching and teaching, which manifests into other misguided practices/tendencies in the church. Highly encourage you to read this with an honest, non-defensive posture, and you will surely reap the benefit of being discipled by one of the best, (thankfully) non-rock star theologians of our time. I say this as a Lutheran who studies regularly the Bible and Christian non-fiction with evangelical women, not as a member of a reformed church. Final note, I would agree with the reviewer who said you must read carefully -- not because Horton is so hard to understand, but in his writing and speaking style you might miss when he is describing a general misconceptions or wrong teaching in the church, and think he is making a statement as to what he believes is biblically true teaching. If you take some time to listen to his online radio program, The White Horse Inn, a time or two, I think it would help immensely to hear how he teaches first, so that you will "hear" his written voice more clearly.