A Santa Christ?

Ligonier Ministries has a great post at their blog about the nature of Christmas and who Jesus really is. It’s worth the time to read the whole thing, but I’ve attached a small snippet here.

In Dr. Sinclair Ferguson’s book, In Christ Alone, he shares the sad reality that many Christians have a Christology that is more informed by Santa Claus than Scripture. For them, the message of the incarnation has been so twisted or diluted that they have in fact created for themselves a savior who is nothing more than a Santa Christ.

As you prayerfully read Dr. Ferguson’s words, ask yourself the following question this Christmas season: “Do I believe in a Santa Christ?”

He then lists three different “types” of Jesus that are Santa Christ’s and why:

1. A Pelagian Jesus
2. A Semi-Pelagian Jesus
3. A Mystical Jesus

The Scriptures systematically strip away the veneer that covers the real truth of the Christmas story. Jesus did not come to add to our comforts. He did not come to help those who were already helping themselves or to fill life with more pleasant experiences. He came on a deliverance mission, to save sinners, and to do so He had to destroy the works of the Devil.

Read the whole thing.

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