A Work of James Montgomery Boice
By Alexander Samuels
I would like to briefly introduce you to James Montgomery Boice's book Whatever Happened to the Gospel of Grace? It is a very interesting read and is essential in helping us to understand how important Christian doctrines can impact the world today.
In his book, Boice makes a point of detailing how six modern cultural attitudes have been absorbed into the church. I will list them below in abbreviated form: . . .
1. Secularism. We have created mega-churches designed as theatres with stages on which upscale, challenging talks are presented and dramas acted out, and our music mimics the godless music of the world.
2. Humanism. We have fostered "felt need" preaching in which the audience is instructed how to overcome failure, raise nice families, be happy and enjoy terrific sex—but not how to get right with an offended God.
3. Relativism. Since our contemporaries no longer believe in absolute truth, we no longer share truth anymore. We share our feelings and opinions of what Christianity means to me or has done for me.
4. Materialism. Church growth advocates hold seminars in which preachers are taught to think of the masses as their market and the Gospel as something that needs to be attractively packaged to sell.
5. Pragmatism. We have made "if it works" the only criterion for truth. Testimonies to business success, marriages turned around and feeling happy are supposed to prove the truth of Christianity.
6. Mindlessness. Christianity is turned into entertainment that serves to amuse us for the moment like the game Trivial Pursuit.
The careful insights of this book reveal a Christian church that has become worldly in order to make the world feel at home. Christians need to start thinking about and rediscovering the truth of the Bible: "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2).
Whatever Happened to the Gospel of Grace? is an intelligent and excellent book for the Christian who is committed to living his faith. I hope you will pick up a copy and read it soon.