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New Credo Podcast! Should we call down fire from heaven or pick up our cross?

In the 21st century Christians have proved one thing with their fiery rhetoric: we fear man instead of God. That misplaced fear has created extreme hostility towards others in society. That misplaced fear has been exposed lately when Christians engage controversial topics such as Christian America, cancel culture, martyr complex, LGBTQ+, racism, and more. Yet our misplaced fear often reveals more about us than our opponents. For example, our raging hostility towards our neighbor reveals a troubling mindset: we see them as our enemy rather than the mission field God has entrusted to us. As a result, we no longer tolerate Jesus’ command to love our enemies.

In this episode, Michael Horton joins Matthew Barrett and delivers a bold and sobering admonition, reminding Christians today that Jesus had strong words for his disciples when they displayed a fear of man instead of a fear of God. Horton calls on Christians everywhere to model the compassion of Jesus not only in the church but in society as well. And Horton gives us a constructive remedy when he revisits our approach to culture and asks us to reconsider whether we’ve properly understood God’s two kingdoms.


Matthew Barrett

Matthew Barrett is the executive editor of Credo Magazine and the host of the Credo podcast. He is associate professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the author of several books, including Simply Trinity: The Unmanipulated Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, which won the 2022 Christianity Today Book of the Year Award in Theology/Ethics. He is writing a Systematic Theology with Baker Academic.

Michael S. Horton

Michael S. Horton (PhD Oxford University) is the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California, where he has taught since 1998. Additionally, he is the founder and editor-in-chief of Sola Media and the editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. Dr. Horton is the author/editor of more than twenty-five books, including Justification (Zondervan), a two-volume work in the New Studies in Dogmatics series, Calvin on the Christian Life, The Christian Faith, and Introducing Covenant Theology

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