How should Christians relate to a world where they are increasingly marginalized? There has been a decline in Christian value and culture. Christians are no longer respected, no longer seen as a light to the world. Lutzer helps us understand the problem and what we can do.
Lutzer suggests we cannot hide. Christians are to infiltrate without contamination. Our love should abound, even as we refuse to compromise our convictions. (94) Christians must know where to draw the line in obeying God rather than the state.
Lutzer has been around long enough that he is not afraid of telling the truth, even though it might offend. He writes, technology “is weighted against a pure mind and Christ-honoring lifestyle.” (124) He has good information on the transgender issue. His insights on the gift of celibacy are enlightening. I appreciated his distinction between the responsibilities of the church and of the state when it comes to immigration. He identifies false teachings that have come into the church, naming names and book titles.
Lutzer is not politically correct. Far from it. But he is gospel correct. People do not know they need the gospel until they understand they are sinners, as are we all. Lutzer sees the church as the “last barrier” to moral decline. (170) “I pray that the church in America will live up to its convictions and accept the consequences,” he writes. (115)
I highly recommend this book to pastors, church leaders, and Christians who are concerned about their place in the current culture. This would be an excellent book for church boards to read and discuss.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
Erwin W. Lutzer is pastor emeritus of The Moody Church where he served for over 35 years. He is an award-winning author and featured speak on three radio programs. He and his wife live in the Chicago area and have three grown children and eight grandchildren.
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I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publishers. My comments are an independent and honest review.