Authentic Christianity

Ray C. Stedman

Book cover of Authentic Christianity.
I was deeply disappointed with Ray C. Stedmanís book Authentic Christianity. In my opinion, his explanation of the difference between the old covenant and the new covenant was flawed and confusing. I read half of the book and then quit reading.

He did make some sharply accurate observations about the way Christians actually think and live. His analysis of five marks (or characteristics) of authentic Christianity does have merit. His four qualities of integrity taken from II Corinthians 2:17 is worth considering.

But, I find the words of Jesus to be quite clear on the subject of our responsibility to him as our Lord and Savior. Check out Matthew Chapters 5 through 7. If you want to know what ďauthentic ChristianityĒ is, read the Bible, especially the direct quotes from Jesus. Those are printed in red in many Bible versions. Another helpful tool is to read from a version that has Old Testament quotes in bold lettering. You will be amazed at how much the New Testament writers relied on the Old Testament writings to make their points.

Think about the scriptures you are reading and let the Holy Spirit convict you of your need to make an agreement (covenant) with God. Let God instruct you on what constitutes a genuine Christian life. Then you will be able to discern whether or not teachers of the Bible know the subject.

I suggest you beg, borrow, or buy a Bible and get the answers straight from the Author of life. Donít rely on books that leave you shaking your head wondering what in the world they just said.
Book Review
By Scarlett Stough
Title: Authentic Christianity
Author: Ray C. Stedman, copyright, 1996, Elaine Stedman
Publisher: Discovery House Publishers
ISBN: 1-57293-017-9