Couple of days ago Dr. Godfrey in class (Church in the Modern Age) ended his lecture on heretic Charles Finney with this analogy:
What would things look like if Satan really took control of a city? Over a half century ago, Presbyterian minister Donald Grey Barnhouse offered his own scenario in his weekly sermon that was also broadcast nationwide on CBS radio. Barnhouse speculated that if Satan took over Philadelphia, all of the bars would be closed, pornography banished, and pristine streets would be filled with tidy pedestrians who smiled at each other. There would be no swearing. The children would say, “Yes, sir” and “No, ma’am,” and the church would be full every Sunday…where Christ is not preached (15).
-Michael Horton in the opening pages of his new book Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church.
This book comes out November 1st. But you will be able to pick up a copy at the Westminster Seminary bookstore beginning October 24th.
TheChristless Christianity Website here.
Read the foward and Chapter one of Horton’s new book here.