Osborne shows us how this can happen to us. In the desire for a pure church, we may still welcome the worst of sinners into our midst, but we snub the weak believers. We don’t have room for people who are secret disciples, weak in faith, or are ladder climbers. Jesus didn’t do that. Osborne explains how and why.
We scoffed at previous generations who were trapped in legalistic rules that ‘real’ Christians don’t drink, smoke, dance, go to movies, or play cards. But today, we are considered hip if we do those things, being in tune with the culture so that we can be ‘relevant’. We might think that an authentic Christian works out and takes care of his body, doesn’t live in luxury and indulgence, lives in a modest home so he can be generous with his money, goes on mission trips instead of vacations to the beach, and uses buzz words like ‘radical’, ‘missional’, ‘gospel-centered’, and ‘organic’. These are just a few examples. Welcome to the new legalism.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan publishing in exchange for my honest review.