This book addresses the difference between cultural Christianity and true Christianity. Though it was written over 200 years ago, it has much to say to the church of our time.
According to Wilberforce, true Christianity; relies on Christ's sacrifice alone, not mere morality for salvation, is filled with the Holy Spirt who is guiding the believer in Christlikeness, and does not simply try to fit in with the mores of society, but is constantly evaluating and observing Christ's commands and the morals that flow from his teaching.
The argument of the book is in conversational style and has common sense rather than academic development of it's points. While this had a great impact in it's own time, it makes the work less timeless.
The book is also hard to read from a North American context because it often addresses society and church as a single group (as is/was the case in England). In our day, it must be clearly addressed to nominal professing Christians, and has little to say outside the church. That being the case, there are many who profess to believe in Christ, who have only a cultural Christianity and need to hear this book's address.
This book is a paraphrase of William Wilberforce's work. It is highly readable, but the paraphrase has the feel at times of watered down cliches and looses the force of the original....Continua