“Much of Christianity now in America is really moralistic, therapeutic deism.

We appeal to people with the idea of making your life better…that the goal of the gospel is to make you better, to make your marriage better, your finances better, your circle of friends better, and to make you more happy and fulfilled.

But Jesus didn’t come and die for any of those things…He died to save us from our sin. Those other things are simply potential fringe benefits.”

~ Christian Smith

Written by Wayne

Wayne is a husband, father, avid reader and writer, and youth minister who happens to believe that Jesus is central to every aspect of life…the individual, family, society, government, philosophy, the arts…and everything in between. He’s committed to challenging preconceived notions about what it means to follow Jesus, and seeks to engage the culture instead of running from it.


  1. Great quote son, it ties right into Mt. 6:33, Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things (fringe benefits) shall be added unto you. Unfortunately, some of the church is more interested in the fringe benefits than the benefactor.

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