The White Horse Inn weekly radio program has begun a year-long series on “Christless Christianity.” I listened to the program on Joel Osteen, author of the best-selling “Christian” book Your Best Life Now last night and just cringed at the distortions of the gospel that he proclaims. If you want Christ-centered Christianity that focuses rightly on all that God has done for you in Christ then listen to the White Horse Inn.
Here is part of the description of the White Horse Inn from their about us page:
Though the hosts have different denominational and ethnic backgrounds, the White Horse Inn unites itself on the principle slogans of the Protestant Reformation, such as the sufficiency of Scripture, salvation by grace alone through faith alone by Christ alone, and the importance of a God-centered, rather than human-centered outlook. By renewed attention to these classic and central themes on a weekly basis, it is the aim of the White Horse Inn to bring health and vigor to a church that appears to have in some ways lost its sense of missions.
Here are the first four programs for 2008:
Christless Christianity part 1 (1/6/2008) — Countless sermons in churches across the country focus on moralistic concerns and personal transformation. But has Christ gotten lost in the shuffle? Have we inverted Paul’s warnings by intentionally preaching ourselves, and not Christ crucified? On this edition of the White Horse Inn, the hosts introduce the new theme for 2008: Christless Christianity!
Christless Christianity part 2 (1/13/2008) — Many Christian leaders today point to Jesus as a good moral guide (WWJD), an inspirational figure of self-sacrifice, or one who resolves our problem with loneliness. And in doing so, these shepherds have managed to avoid one of the most central teachings of the entire Bible; namely Jesus’ atoning sacrifice for sinners.
Joel Osteen: A Case Study in American Religion (1/20/2008) — Why is Joel Osteen so popular? Is he a faithful representative of the Christian faith, or is his message more about self-help and personal motivation? On this edition of the White Horse Inn, the hosts will examine the theology of this bestselling author as they continue their series “Christless Christianity.”
Political Temptation (1/27/2008) — 2008 is an election year and many churches will be distracted from their focus on the city of God, to the governments of men. What is the business of the church? Should it play a political role? On this edition of the White Horse Inn the hosts discuss the proper biblical relationship between church and state.
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Grace and Peace