Entertainment masquerading as worship.Elaborate programming supplanting genuine human caring.political crusades eclipsing the gospel.Is this what Jesus really wants from us? Many are asking these questions of the church today, and many are not receiving answers..in fact many are becoming disillusioned begging the question what is the fastest growing Christian phenomenon, specific denominations or the exodus from the church? Philip Gulley in his book If the Church were Christian believes that the church has fundamentally lost its way and sets about the task of illuminating just how much we have lost, how far we have strayed from Christ called us to be. Through examining what Jesus says about the church in the gospels (which isn't much) Gulley provides a profound picture of what the church would look like if it lived out Jesus' priorities instead of its own ideals.
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Date:March 4, 2011
While this book was well written, and caused me to think, I was deeply concerned about the theology. Gulley doubts the virgin birth, the deity of Christ and even questions the sacrament of marriage. While I completely agree that the Church has erred on the side of judgment, and been lacking in love, it is also true that after Jesus forgave the woman engaged in adultery, that He also told her to "go and sin no more". I too, as the book emphasizes, have been disappointed in the Church's response to many social issues, and fully agree that our response needs to change. But Gulley takes it a step further, which to me mocks Christ, and the reason for why He came. Well written, but un-biblical. It saddened me.