Chapter Five: To the Christian (Part One)
I have spent the last two chapters speaking to non-Christians of all sorts, and telling them what the basic message of true Christianity has to say to them in particular. In these next two chapters, I will shift my focus to American Christendom, and show why the truth of the gospel matters for professing Christians, and what it has to say to them. So if you call yourself a Christian, whether Catholic or Protestant, liberal or conservative, fundamentalist, evangelical, or emergent, these chapters are for you. The truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, which I laid out in chapter two, has something profound and important to say to you. That message of Christ and him crucified matters immensely. It is not just one part of what you claim to be as a Christian, it is your very life and breath, it is what defines you, it is your heritage from eternity past and your destiny into eternity future, it holds forth everything you need for this life and the life which is to come. But if you are a Christian in name only, then that which should bring eternal joy and glory will bring only eternal destruction and an unimaginable multiplication of wrath on the day of judgment. It would be better to be an outspoken pagan than an impostor and hypocrite in the house of God.