The gospel of moralistic therapeutic deism is running rampant in the church. In an interview with Mark Galli, theologian Michael Horton says we are tempted to live a Christless Christianity because we are human-centered rather than God-centered. The gospel is not a matter of doing the right things or trying harder. Horton says, "The gospel isn't 'Follow Jesus' example' or 'Transform your life' or 'How to raise good children.' The gospel is: Jesus Christ came to save sinners—even bad parents, even lousy followers of Jesus, which we all are on our best days."
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SCRIPTURE: Romans 1:14–17; 1 Corinthians 1:18–25; 15:1–11; Galatians 3:1–11
• Identify the Current Issue
• Discover the Eternal Principles
—Teaching point one: The gospel applies to everyone.
—Teaching point two: The gospel is about the death and resurrection of Christ.
—Teaching point three: The gospel challenges all human-centered religious notions.
—Teaching point four: The gospel is about faith, not works.
• Apply Your Findings
• Additional Resources
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
• Christ at the Margins, interview by Mark Galli (2009, 4 printed pages)
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