Christless Christianity

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What happens when we take Christ out of Christianity?

Evangelical Christianity in North America – and indeed the rest of the world – is at a crucial juncture. On one hand, many younger believers have grown dissatisfied with the shallow consumerism of their parents’ generation and the way it played out in their churches. Many are growing weary of God as a personal shopper, therapist, and entertainer or life coach. Some are drifting from a high view of Scripture and creedal Christianity in favor of an eclectic spirituality; others are attracted to Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions. However, many are putting their toe in the pool of the Reformation – and some are diving into the deep end. We’re right there, engaging these young believers on the move, introducing them to the rich resources of the Reformation and calling them to invest their life and time in local churches that will build them up in the faith.

In these episodes, the White Horse Inn hosts are your guide to understanding and identifying a big problem in the American church: the creeping fog of countless sermons in churches across the country that focus on moralistic concerns and personal transformation rather than the theology of the cross. Christ has gotten lost in the shuffle as we invert Paul's warnings by intentionally preaching ourselves, and not Christ crucified.

This MP3 CD is loaded with more than 40 extended-length episodes of the White Horse Inn and more than a dozen articles from Modern Reformation. Our "usual cast of characters" diagnose the problem of Christless Christianity, then they help us to rediscover the power of Gospel-centered preaching, worship, and discipleship that enables Christians to grow in grace.

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Special Message from Mike Horton

Dear Friends of the INN,

I’m excited to tell you about a significant milestone in White Horse Inn’s history and to ask you for your support.

For the past two years, we have been putting a plan in place that challenges “Christless Christianity” here and abroad. You can see the “fruit” of Christless Christianity in the results of recent research into the state of American Christianity.

The Pew Research Center recently reported that atheists, agnostics, Jews, and Mormons, score higher in religious knowledge and outperform Protestants on questions about the core teachings and history of Christianity.

The survey saw those identifying themselves as “Christian” shrink from 78% to 70%.

Almost 60% of our youth leave their churches as young adults, with many of them joining the growing numbers of the so-called “nones” (those who profess no adherence to any faith whatsoever).

DESPITE THIS BAD NEWS, the core message of Christianity is still capable of renewing the church, even in our own age. The gospel is nothing less than “the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). Not even the gates of hell can prevail against the church as believers become confident in the truths of God’s Word.

That’s why I’m excited about The Campaign for Core Christianity. IN ORDER TO HELP MORE CHRISTIANS know what they believe and why they believe it, we are creating Bible studies that connect with believers at any level. These Bible studies will be available on smart-phones and tablets, so anyone in the world can use them for FREE.

FREE. By that I mean at no cost for the disciple anywhere in the world. But, of course, it’s not free to produce. The cost of these studies is significant. There are talented Bible study writers, editors, video script writers, camera crews, producers, graphic artists, animators, website developers, and project managers that all work together to produce this quality, trustworthy content.

Our very first Bible study launched in April on our new site, corechristianity.com. My latest book, Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story, is the foundation for our campaign.

I’m not even sure how to convey to you that your support right now is more important than ever. As we move toward the end of our fiscal year, we have $445,000 to go to be fully funded and to be able to continue bringing Christ-centered teaching around the world.

In addition, we need to continue to raise funds for The Campaign for Core Christianity.

A gift from you of $500, $250, or $100 will make a difference. As a thank you I will send you a signed copy of my new book, Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story.

How we finish this fiscal year will be tremendously important to our future efforts. Sometime in the last 25 years you joined the conversation at White Horse Inn. I hope you will help us extend the Reformation conversation to the next generation. Please give a financial gift today toward our annual spring campaign.

I’m so grateful for your prayers and financial support.

In Christ Alone,

Michael Horton

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, White Horse Inn

 

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