Dec 02

Power Religion

By Kenneth Feucht books Add comments

Power Religion, edited by Michael Horton ????

02DEC09 The strength of this book is the most capable writers that Horton was able to recruit, including Charles Colson, JI Packer, DA Carson, etc. The weakness of the book is its broad sweeping coverage of “power” issues, leaving individual topics only superficially covered. The sections deal with power in politics (not sure how that relates to the general thesis of the book, but otherwise well written chapters), power evangelism of the Peter Wagner mold, and other power topics of relevance to the early 1990’s, but still applicable to today. This book is best read as disjoint chapters, rather than a comprehensive coverage of a theme. The final emphasis is that our power comes from Christ himself, and not some supernatural power that flows in a magical fashion out from us. To that I say, Amen.

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  1. Uncle Dennis says:

    ” … power in politics (not sure how that relates to the general thesis of the book, …”

    This is what has become of Christianity in our time in the Trilateral world, a total cleavage of politics and religion, as though “Jesus is Lord” is not an overtly political affirmation, as though Jesus died on the cross for psychological reasons. This schizophrenic separation of the two has led evangelicals to retreat from the social sphere while at the same time feeling the need to “share the gospel” within it. By the present time, the result is that they are instead being absorbed back into the worldly milieu of social institutions without any clear idea of who they are, lacking a social identity as the people of Christ, and consequently having nothing distinctive (holy) to present to those in the world feeling the bitter effects of apostasy.

    The biblical worldview is the politics of the kingdom of God, yet most evangelicals treat it as an abstraction. Some fail to distinguish between apostate human organization and Christ’s order on earth. (Luther made this mistake in his two kingdoms theology, though at least he recognized that the “civil” State was distinct from the church.) The Chinese Christians have a different outlook, and emphasize that God’s people are self-governing, self-supporting, and self-propagating under Christ.

    Christ’s politic is radical in that it goes back farther along the road than the signposts appearing in the usual chatter and takes a different branch early. Too many “good Christians” of our time have missed the turn and continue on, arguing about which god-state perfidia is best.

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