Bumper Sticker Christians

Myles Kantor on nominal Christianity:

[Today], religion is often about personal sentiment and preference instead of doctrine and obedience. The preacher Paul Washer has stated in this vein:

“When you take a look at American Christianity, it is based more upon a godless culture than it is upon the word of God.”

“Most of our Christianity is based on cliches that we read on the back of Christian t-shirts. Most of our Christianity comes from songwriters and not the Bible. Most of what we believe to be true is dictated to us by our culture and not the Bible.”

“What happened to our theology? What happened to our doctrine? What happened to our teaching? It went right out the window. No one wants to study doctrine anymore. They just want to listen to songs and read the back of Christian t-shirts.”

I think it would’t be a stretch if I include bumper stickers and coffee mugs in this list. Kantor continues:

Theologian R.C. Sproul and author Stephen Mansfield similarly observe regarding contemporary American evangelical Christianity…

“We tell people they don’t need to repent because God loves them just the way they are. And the only reason to come to Jesus is to have greater peace or greater happiness or a better ‘trip’ than they’ll get from drugs. That’s not the Gospel at all.”

“The standard evangelistic approach is to tell non-believers, ‘God loves you just the way you are.’…We’ve got to get rid of that kind of humanistic nonsense.”