Christianish: What If We’re Not Really Following Jesus at All? by Mark Steele

An examination of a bunch of different ways that Christians get Christianity wrong.

Mark Steele’s heart is firmly in the right place, and he’s a fantastic writer, making for two excellent reasons to check out Christianish. He uses funny and insightful anecdotes from his own life to show the different ways that Christians allow their practice of faith to turn sinful. He speaks eloquently about arrogance, greed (what he calls Christian obesity) and worldliness, among others. His critique is right on.

I do have an issue with the book, and it’s a big ‘un. At no point does Steele offer the Gospel message. He does an outstanding job telling believers how their faith has gone wrong, but the corrective he offers is just an exhortation to try harder to be more like Jesus. I wish he had taken one chapter to tell his readers the Gospel, because believers need to hear it, too. You don’t get past your sins by trying harder. The only way to find freedom is to hear and believe the Gospel: that Christ lived the life that we could not, died the death that we should have, and rose again to reign at the right hand of God the Father, where He intercedes on behalf of those who believe in Him, that we may share His victory over sin and death and worship God forever. Amen.

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