Faulty Thinking

This summer we have been blessed by our mid-week studies on William Wilberforce’s book Real Christianity (modern paraphrase version, 2006). The book seeks to contrast the differences between authentic Christianity or nominal and cultural Christianity to a) help believer’s better understand their faith and share it with others and b) show nominal Christians the faulty thinking behind their own claims and so lead them to Christ. Some areas of such faulty thinking we have investigated surrounds works vs. grace righteousness, the fallen nature of humanity, the presence of evil, and human vs. divine wisdom and authority. At its heart each of these topics comes back to how we view Scripture. Proverbs 3:5-8 says:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
    fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
    and refreshment to your bones.

While nominal Christianity still proves a issue, a matter we have often discussed that is both associated with it but different from it is modernist or liberal Protestantism. On this matter this chasm could not be wider between the option of truth and falsehood. Which will you choose? In only one will you find life and life to the full (Jn 10:10):

chasm[image from an unknown American newspaper circa. 1920s]