The Gospel in Judges & Moralistic Therapeutic Deism

Dear friends,

Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete (2 John 1:12 ESV).
It has come to my attention that a lot of the Christianity we experience in our church is not Christianity at all. It seems to be, rather, a moralistic therapeutic deism. A Christ-less Christianity, with zero regard at all for the how the whole Bible fits together in redemptive history.
  • Here’s a short video with Michael Horton, explaining Moralistic Therapuetic Deism: 
Judge is a difficult book to preach. Yet, here is a helpful article at The Gospel Coalition, explaining how the gospel can be preached from the book of Judges:

While Christ may not be explicitly present in the book of Judges or our sermons from this OT text, I hope & pray that we can arrive at the gospel somehow, whether Christ is named implicitly or explicitly as our source of hope.

And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he [Jesus] interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
(Luke 24:27 ESV)
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
(Romans 15:4 ESV)
We all need gospel encouragement, week in and week out, and we need the hope of our Messiah-King daily. May we find such hope in the Scriptures through the Spirit Christ.

With brotherly affection in Christ,
Alex S. Leung

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