Personal, Gone Private, Gone Pagan.

Under the influence of Western Culture, Christianity tends to take on a uniquely individualistic cast, a “Jesus and me” kind of faith. We talk much about a “personal relationship with Jesus.” And it is certainly true that we are brought, by God’s grace, into personal communion with Christ. But Christianity is equally a faith that is meant to be anchored in community.

via First Excerpt from Chapter 12 – Broken-Down House by Paul David Tripp: Excerpts & Tweets.

The greatest single problem in the church today is that too many people have taken a “personal relationship with Jesus”, made it private, and then called it good enough to the detriment of the body of Christ.  It is sin at its most rampant manifestation, where God’s command to love neighbor is eschewed by an unquenchable love for self baptized under the guise of piety and spirituality.

I am a pastor, a husband, a father, and a lover of Jesus. I am also an unpredictable blogger, who can go for several years without blogging a thing, and then inexplicably write a book. Perhaps this is one of those times.

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2 comments on “Personal, Gone Private, Gone Pagan.
  1. JennyRain says:

    so true… what are you reading right now friend? I need to get a copy

    • That was an excerpt from Paul Tripp’s book, “Broken Down House”. Also reading James D. Hunter, “To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern Era”… also reading N.T. Wrights book “After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters”…

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