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I believe Horton accomplished his stated goal, hammering home over and over from every conceivable angle that the essence of Christianity is the good news (p. 20). The author persistently points the believer to the external facts of Christ and His redemptive work and away from an inner, subjective introspection. He challenges pragmatism (pp. 24-25, 69, 72) including Rick Warrens Purpose-Driven Life. Rather than purpose-driven we should be promise-driven (p. 133). Horton also takes on mysticism with its inward focus and works-based sanctification (pp. 20, 23, 26, 78, 146-149, 156-157). In particular, he almost too graciously exposes Richard Foster and his stable of Roman Catholic mystics (pp. 146-155). Concerning the enemies of gospel-centered living Horton summarized, The greatest threat to Christians is never vigorous intellectual criticism but a creeping senility that transforms truths into feelings, public claims into private experiences, and facts into mere values. Christianity is either true or false, but it is not irrational (p. 262).
Of a positive nature, Horton exhorts churches to center their attention and energy on the gospel, the exposition of Scripture and the sacraments, rather than developing endless programs that aim to make us feel better, solve our problems, meet our felt-needs and offer Christians exactly what the world offers but in sanctified wrapping. The church is to concentrate on giving what no one else can: the gospel, Christ and truth. Satan does not care, Horton claims, if our churches are full, as long as people are not being clothed with Christ (p. 198).
Hortons Covenantal Theology shows up on occasion, even to the point of at least bordering on sacramentalism. He speaks of believers continuing to pray for salvation (p. 106), the Law serving as our guide in the Christian life (p. 139), baptism making us beneficiaries of Gods commitment (p. 201), Christ giving Himself to us as our food and drink at the Lords Table (pp. 202-3), and children of believers being in the covenant (pp. 206-208). He implies that such children are already regenerate when he writes, The children of believers are often treated in the church as non-Christians who need to get saved (p. 206), and other similar statements (cf. pp 206-208). Such an understanding does not flow from Scripture, but from the Covenantal Theological system.
Overall The Gospel-Driven Life is a powerful reminder of the centrality of the gospel and of our need to be shaped by the finished work of Christ. It is the gospel that we are to live and proclaim.-- Gary Gilley
The Sempre ReformandaAge: 18-24Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Fresh, Orthodox and Intensely PracticalJuly 7, 2011The Sempre ReformandaAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4The author, Michael Horton, is Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California. It appears that this book may be a timely response to the more popular The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren. Horton's book is a core text in the current wave of books arousing the Church to understand and reclaim the centrality of the Gospel to true Christianity.
Horton's book is no easy read. It is a hardback of over 250 pages, with smaller-than-average font. Horton's reasoning, like some other good writers, is not the easiest to follow. The book, however is worth the time and trouble the average educated reader can invest.
The message of Horton's book is clear: "The simple message that God has done everything he requires to reconcile sinners to himself is not just the church's slogan, but its lifeblood." In the spirit of the Reformation, Horton hammers home this point in ten lengthy chapters. He challenges heresies that have slipped into the thought of the modern professing Christian, and exposes their error with a clarion call to return to the sufficiency of Calvary. Horton declares with fervor that our lives should be "promise-driven" rather than "purpose-driven" (133), summarizing his message in simple terms: "It is always 'in view of God's mercies' that we can offer ourselves as 'a living sacrifice' (Rom. 12:1-2)." (133)
Horton's writing is marked by conviction: his faithfulness to the law of God, and its binding on all of mankind, gives backbone and credibility to his love for the Gospel. One example is his section entitled: "Recovering the Lord's Day." With a directness lacking in much evangelical writing, Horton declares that "The Christian faith is not only a story. Nor is it just a system of doctrines. It includes concrete practices through which our lives are actually shaped by the reality of the new creation. But we have to break away from the powers of this fading age to be renewed by the powers of the age to come." (216)
Fresh, orthodox, and intensely practical...Horton's book is a rarity. The true saint who purchases this book will not be disappointed.
Leo5 Stars Out Of 5September 23, 2009LeoAnother awesome and powerful book by Michael Horton. Getting us back to the true historical and biblical gospel of salvation. I think every christian should purchase this book! it's a must have*
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