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RtCT – Introduction

Friday, March 6, 2009

The Reading the Classics Together accountability group is underway.  The chapter to have completed by yesterday was the Introduction to William Wilberforce’s Real Christianity. There are several families at church who are participating. I still have a copy or two if anyone would like to join in or you can find it online and read or order a copy from Monergism. Check out Challies’ post and if you’re reading you may post there your comments or post your comments here.

Wilberforce’s reason for writing it:

I’m not going to attempt to either convince skeptics or answer the questions unbelievers always seem to ask, but rather point out some of the problems with the beliefs and actions of those who already claim to be Christians. I’d like to attempt to contrast what we see in the lives of many, perhaps most, who make this claim with what I understand the Bible teaches about what it means to believe in Christ. I am disturbed when I see the majority of so-called Christians having such little understanding of the real nature of the faith they profess. Faith is a subject of such importance that we should not ignore it because of the distractions or the hectic pace of our lives. Life as we know it, with all its ups and downs, will soon be over. We all will give an accounting to God of how we have lived. Because of this fact, I’m not going to pull any punches in what I write. I hope you will seriously consider what is contained within these pages.

Challies writes, “So it is that simple. The purpose of this book is to help readers discern true faith from false beliefs.”

Next Week

For next week (Thursday, March 12), please read the first chapter.

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