Don't know who Richard Beck is. You? I agree with some of the blog. Some "Christians" are poor examples of Christ. A lot of those things he mentioned might very well be "substitutes," I don't know because I don't do most of them. However, "studying the bible" and "praying" aren't "substitutes" for anything. Those two things are essential to being a true follower of Christ, according the God's word. Which leads me to believe that Mr. Beck, and maybe you, is either a liberal theologian, or not a "Christian" at all. The fact that he believes that "Much of this activity can actually distract one from becoming a more decent human being" is questionable. Really? Praying and reading from God's instruction book can make me less "decent?" Sorry, this is some form of pseudo-Christianity or universal religion. His comments directly contradict what the word of God says.<quoted text>
The Bait and Switch of Contemporary Christianity by Richard Beck
BTW, I don't know anything about these "contemporary Christians" who go out to Sunday brunch, treat people badly, and fake it in the "pews." My fellowship, Xenos, is about a far removed from this type of "Christian" as anybody can be. I honestly don't personally know anybody like who he describes.