Book Review: Christ’s Call to Reform the Church

There is a cancer in the American church today. The spread of the prosperity gospel, and the word of faith movement has almost crippled the acceptance of true biblical doctrine in the United States. Jesus is now flaunted more as a magic genie than the Lord of Lords, and the King of Kings. Preachers use His holy name as a sort of Mr. Fix it. Come to Jesus and all your troubles will be washed away. Christ’s call to reform the Church by John MacArthur tackles some of these issues as he takes the reader on a journey through the seven churches in Revelation. John gives a historic, and biblical breakdown of each letter. Providing the reader with detailed information about the rise and fall of the town and church; what culture was like, and the obstacles the church faced. The seven letters included, The Loveless Church, The Persecuted Church, The Compromising Church, The Corrupt Church, The Dead Church, the Faithful Church, and the Lukewarm Church. Six out of the seven churches carry a warning, Repent or face the consequences. As John works through each church, he makes it evident that many of the issues that plagued those churches are infesting ours. John’s warning is simple. Do not forget your first love, Christ, and to turn back to the five Solas, Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, Solus Christus, and Soli Deo Gloria. If we put our focus back on Christ, we can with stand the storm of heresy. This book is a call for the church today to shine light on the issues they may never knew they had. The book is set for any Christian, to hopes it’ll drive them closer to Christ and help drive their church closer to Him.

Alex Zenk is father, husband and reformed Christian. He is just starting his journey into ministry and hopes to be preaching full time within the next year. He is the co-author of a new blog, and can be found on Instagram at @reformed_lifestyle. 

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