Michael Horton (theologian)

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Michael Scott Horton (born 11 May 1964) is an American theologian.


If an election can cause us to lose everything, what is it exactly that we have in the first place?

Pilgrim Theology (2013)[edit]

Pilgrim Theology (14 January 2013)

What Are Evangelicals Afraid of Losing? (2018)[edit]

"What Are Evangelicals Afraid of Losing?" (31 August 2018), Christianity Today
  • If an election can cause us to lose everything, what is it exactly that we have in the first place?
  • [T]he church does not preach the gospel at the pleasure of any administration or decline to preach it at another administration’s displeasure. We preach at Christ’s pleasure.
  • If one wants to talk about real violence against Christians, surely the persecution of the early Christians should count. Yet every New Testament command on the subject calls us to love and pray for our enemies with the confidence that Christ is still building his church. Then why does the appeal to fear work so consistently with many who claim to stand in the line of Jesus’ disciples...
  • [M]any of us sound like we’ve staked everything not only on constitutional freedoms but also on social respect, acceptance, and even power. But that comes at the cost of confusing the gospel with Christian nationalism.
  • The only Christian nation in the world today is the one gathered “from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Rev. 5:9) to be addressed by its king. In his Great Commission, Jesus gave authority to the church to make disciples, not citizens; to proclaim the gospel, not political opinions; to baptize people in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, not in the name of America or a political party; and to teach everything that he delivered, not our own personal and political priorities. And he promised that his presence with us is something that the world can never take away.
  • Anyone who believes, much less preaches, that evangelical Christians are “one election away from losing everything” in November has forgotten how to sing the psalmist’s warning, “Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save” (Ps. 146:3).

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