We’ve always had versions of Jesus. In the past, we might have labeled those versions of Jesus by denominational tradition.
The Jesus sold in many American churches today solely focuses on personal salvation. Faith and participation in the church are consumer products in which you show up to receive the latest platitudes from a megachurch pastor, lift your hands to an individualistic praise song, put your kids in the best programs, and give your tithe.
Where does a mature developmental formation take place in that kind of Christianity? Can people really have a firm foundation of faith in such a version of Jesus?
“A word of warning: there’s no faking this. And this isn’t a performance for anyone else. God knows if you’re all there or if you’re holding something back from him,” urged Alli Patterson on the CBF Podcast Conversation.
Patterson is the author of How to Stay Standing and the teaching pastor at Crossroads Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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