The Church: Why Bother? Book Review

Lauded by John MacArthur (Grace to You) and Mark Dever (9 Marks), CRN contributor Jon Cardwell gives his review of Jeffrey D. Johnson’s book, The Church: Why Bother:

In early 2007, a book was released by an Emergent (or Emerging) Church pastor titled, THEY LIKE JESUS BUT NOT THE CHURCH: INSIGHTS FROM EMERGING GENERATIONS. From a title like this, it’s clear he (and others) hasn’t a clue what the church is all about, what scripture says about what the church is and what it is not, what is the gospel, and what is Biblical Christianity. Imagine this scenario: You invite me to your home, I arrive with my lovely wife, Lisa, in tow, and when I get to your door you tell me, “You can come in, pastor, but I don’t like your wife. She’s not welcome here.” There are certainly gatherings of people calling themselves a “church” of Jesus Christ that do not reflect the behavior or resemble the Biblical picture of what is, in gospel truth, the beloved bride of Christ. Come on people, we’ve all read Matthew 7:21-23, haven’t we? Yet, to portray the true church of Jesus Christ, with the kind of perspective presented in the aforementioned book title, though pervasive today, is altogether wrong— doctrinally misinformed at best and hateful, unbiblical and unchristian at worst. Hard words, I know, yet words needing to be said regardless of toes and feelings.

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The day of atonement

Did Israel’s high priest have to wear a rope around his ankle when he ministered in the Holy Place on the Day of Atonement? Or, is this a Christian tradition with no Biblical merit? Jon Cardwell of preachingchristcrucified.com explains Christ’s eternal priestly office from Leviticus 16 in a 12-minute video. View article →

Tendency toward Extremes

Though we have been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, we are not all-powerful spiritual supermen. We have a tendency toward extremes: licentiousness on one side and legalism on the other. As licentiousness is addressed in chapter 6 of Romans, legalism is addressed in chapter 7. Preaching Christ Crucified continues its series of studies in the Epistle to the Romans. View article →

Let Not Sin Reign

Gospel good works spring forth from gospel truth because of the gospel reality of regeneration through redemption in Christ. Therefore, let not sin reign. Preaching Christ Crucified continues its series of studies from the Epistle to the Romans. View article →

Reckoned Dead

How can we reckon our old natures dead? By the power of the new nature given us as an eternal possession, received by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Preaching Christ Crucified continues its series of studies in the Epistle to the Romans. View article →

Alive Unto God

Union with Christ in newness of life means growth, maturity and hope until the Resurrection in that Day. Get to the cross and keep at the cross of Jesus Christ. Preaching Christ Crucified continues its series of studies in Romans. View article →

Reality That Makes Free

Why is the intimate knowledge of the truth so important in the lives of redeemed sinners saved by grace? The answer is quite simple really: we have been freed from sin. Preaching Christ Crucified continues its series of studies in the Epistle to the Romans. View article →

Newness of Life

Although the passage in Romans 6:3–4 has implications pertaining to water baptism, its immediate context is that of regeneration and newness of life in Christ. Preaching Christ Crucified continues its series of studies in Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. View article →

What Shall We Say Then?

As a sinner saved by God’s grace, how am I to live? Romans 6–12 explain how a Christian lives in newness of life doctrinally while chapters 13–15 express how to do so practically. Preaching Christ Crucified continues its series of studies in Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. View article →