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Christian Liberty: Living for God in a Changing Culture Paperback – July, 2003

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ìA bold analysis of both society and the evangelical church. This is must reading for all thinking Christians.î-Warren W. Wiersbe, author

ìRex Rogers brings some sense to senseless ëin-fightingí among Christians and helps readers relate their faith to scholarship and service in a changing world.î-Robert C. Andringa, president, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

ìThis book will help believers develop a Christian worldview, understand and rejoice in the grace and responsible freedom that is given by the spirit, and respond wisely to the times and seasons in which they find themselves.î-David S. Dockery, president, Union University

Despite the call to be salt and light to the world, many Christians are hiding out in our churches, afraid to face the problems that our ever-changing culture presents. We donít like what we see out there and are uncertain about the future.

Rex Rogers demonstrates that to overcome this ìcrisis of confidence,î Christians must develop a biblical worldview, which means applying our faith to an understanding of the times and the world in which we live. We must grant fellow Christians the liberty to choose differing positions on what are essentially nonmoral issues. Only then can we move beyond isolationism, judgmentalism, and petty bickering and have an effective witness in the world.

Rex Rogers is president of Cornerstone University and Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary. Rex M. Rogers has been president of Cornerstone University and Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary since 1991. He is the author of Seducing America: Is Gambling a Good Bet? and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his family.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801064600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801064609
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,984,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jennie B. Dimkoff on September 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
Wouldn't it be amazing if we as 21st century Christians truly understood the changing culture we live in and knew how we, as godly people, ought to react and relate to it? Social change is viewed by most Christians as a threat, rather than a fresh level of opportunity to impact our culture for Christ.
In his book, "Christian Liberty," Dr. Rex Rogers offers nine principles for developing a God-honoring life in rapidly changing times. Writing for "thinking" Christians, Rogers reminds us that God created both faith and reason, and that biblical Christianity is a logical faith.
Stating that Christian liberty may be the least understood and least practiced doctrine in the Bible, Rogers suggests that it should be "a distinctive component of a fully developed Christian worldview," and that "Spiritual discernment is the link between knowledge of the Word of God and the application of this knowledge to our cultural experience."
I agree with Rogers when he suggests that many of us grew up in churches where we were expected to adhere to a set of extra-biblical rules or traditions and to occasionally "turn off our minds and toe the line," when in actuality, God created both faith and reason, and He expects us to make use of our minds regarding how we exercise our faith.
Pick up a copy of "Christian Liberty" and be challenged to develop your own biblical, Christian worldview, and then dare to live out your faith in a manner that influences others for Christ.
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This was an enjoyable book and was right-on in its explanation of the need for a Christian worldview. It did a decent job of explaining Christian liberty and how it applies to social change and the Christian. A more in-depth and clear treatment of biblical passages would have been helpful, though.

In my reading the book, though, I found myself following Rogers as he talked about social change and its relation to Christian liberty, but then losing him a bit as the book took a turn and began talking at great length about developing a Christian worldview. And then it mainly focused on what NOT to do in developing that worldview, rather than prescribing a plan or describing what a Christian worldview would look like. You may say this is a strength or a weakness depending on how much you think the reader needs to be lead or just solve things by themselves.

I, for one, felt like there was not enough of an emphasis on what Scripture says our worldview should be. Maybe Rogers is the kind of person that thinks most people should figure this out on their own. But I think, in some ways, people bought a book so they could have someone teach them. Role modeling a Christian worldview may do far more than just very general discussion on the topic. Maybe his purpose was to make an adjunct textbook for Cornerstone University-one more open-ended for college students? Either way, more actual Bible content would have been helpful in prescribing a Christian worldview.

Overall I think the book suffered from its sprawl. It covers a lot of topics very quickly and sometimes superficially. I would have appreciated a book more focused on fewer topics-say, how Christian liberty relates to social change. Rogers started talking about that but, I think, got somewhat off-track.
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