Press Release: New book examines – What happens when we take Christ out of Christianity?

October 2008, Escondido, CA – Churches are transforming the Faith into a form of consumerism, marketing, pragmatism, politics, entertainment and therapy. Christless Christianity reveals the big problem with American religion: countless sermons in churches across the country are focusing on moralistic concerns and personal transformation rather than Jesus Christ crucified and risen again.

Christians have always had their differences, but never in church history have there been so many statistics that indicate that many Christians today are practicing what can only be described as “Christless Christianity.” Michael Horton insightfully explores the ways in which consumerism and market values have influenced contemporary Christian thought and practice.

At the core of just about every major religion is something we call advice, or a set of instructions intended to help people live better lives. But is that what lies at the heart of the Christian faith – tips and instructions for personal transformation? Whatever happened to the Christian gospel? Has Christ gotten lost in the shuffle? Too often, churches in our day focus our attention on Christian experiences, personal transformation, Jesus as a good moral guide (WWJD), or use the pulpit as a platform for politics. And in doing so, these churches have managed to avoid one of the most central teachings of the Bible; namely Jesus’ atoning sacrifice for sinners. Michael Horton’s analysis of the contemporary church points believers back to the power of a gospel that should never be assumed. Visit for more details.

Available at Westminster Seminary Bookstore November 1, 2008.

About the Author
Dr. Michael S. Horton is professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California and author of numerous books, including Putting Amazing Back into Grace, A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of Christ-Centered Worship, God of Promise: Introducing Covenant Theology and Too Good to Be True: Finding Hope in a World of Hype. According to Christianity Today (January 2006), Dr. Horton is “one of the leading voices in the contemporary revitalization of the Reformed tradition in America.” Dr. Horton is also editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine and host of the weekly radio broadcast, White Horse Inn. White Horse Inn broadcasts are devoted to equipping Christians to “know what they believe and why they believe it,” and can be heard online each week at


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1 thought on “Christless Christianity”

  1. Personal experience and those I observed definitely needs Christ for transformation. I worked for the same company for the past 15 years and we have value formation seminars year after year but seems not to change a person for the better. Personal change in my experience came as a shock or grief over my sins whereby I was living in sin and just enjoying the pleasures of the world (Praise God since it is true that He will not abandon us and overcome our sinfulness).

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