USA Today has posted an excellent article that discusses this issue filled with insight from the Pope, Al Mohler, Tim Keller, Michael Horton and more.

Horton says:

He finds sad truth in an old newspaper headline he once saw: ” ‘To hell with sin when being good is enough.’ That’s the drift of American preaching today in a lot of churches. People know what sin is; they just don’t believe in it anymore. We mix up happiness and holiness, and God is no longer the reference point.”

In other words, he asks, if you can solve your problems or sins yourself, what difference does it make that Christ was crucified?

People have to see themselves as sinners — ultimately alienated from God and unable to save themselves — for Christ’s sacrifice to be essential, Horton says. “(The apostle) Paul didn’t see Easter as therapy.”

 

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