Calvin carried on a very extensive correspondence throughout his ministry, writing to people and churches he knew and even to those he did not know. He answered theological questions, offered advice to troubled churches, encouraged pastors and friends, and wrote letters of consolation to those in distress.
“As a result, many American pastors, missionaries, and evangelists today may know more about their target market than they do about the ‘one Lord, one faith, and one baptism’ that they share with the prophets and the apostles, the church fathers and reformers, or their brothers and sisters in China, Malawi, and Russia.” – Dr. Michael Horton, Modern Reformation Magazine, Jan/Feb 2009.
Many people are now “their own theologian-in-residence,” and embrace an “unpredictable and contradictory body of beliefs,” mixing eclectic and syncretistic Christian and non-Christian views. Feelings and emotions are now king, while preaching and Bible study are disliked, resulting in even more Biblical illiteracy.
“We are the generation that will see the end times… and the return of Jesus,” Hal Lindsey wrote in the 1980’s. Like all false prophets dating back 2,000 years ago, from Montanus (150) to Melchior Hoffman (1533) to William Miller (1843-4), all of the current false prophets believe that ours is the “terminal generation.”
In his new book “Christless Christianity,” Dr. Michael Horton says, “Jesus has been dressed up as a corporate CEO, life coach, culture-warrior, political revolutionary, philosopher, copilot, cosufferer, moral example, and partner in fulfilling our personal and social dreams,” but rarely as the crucified and resurrected Redeemer of a powerless people dead in sin.
Churches are transforming the Faith into a form of consumerism, marketing, pragmatism, politics, entertainment and therapy. Christless Christianity reveals the big problem with American religion: countless sermons in churches across the country are focusing on moralistic concerns and personal transformation rather than Jesus Christ crucified and risen again.