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Has American Christianity Failed?

by Bryan Wolfmueller

Item #: 124464WEB / 2016 / Paperback / 250 Pages

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Overview
American Christianity teaches the centrality of the individual—my will, my experiences, my decision, my heart, my work, and my dedication. Yet we couldn’t be more unaware that Christ and His saving and comforting work are being lost. Our minds and hearts are captivated in some way by those who often preach the Christian instead of Christ.

Wolfmueller sounds the alarm against the false teaching and dangerous practices of Christianity in America. He offers a beautiful alternative: the sweet savor of the Gospel, which brings us to the real comfort, joy, peace, freedom, and sure hope of Christ.

And it’s for you.


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Praise for Has American Christianity Failed?
“In this sparkling handbook of Lutheran theology, the author draws on his own experience of popular American Christianity. Yet his focus is not on his own story but on the common impact of God’s Word as law and gospel on its hearers. Against the backdrop of its spiritually shallow and superficially Biblical claims, he portrays the full counsel of God evangelically and sacramentally, with wit and verve, clarity and depth, passion and imagination. And all that pastorally as comfort to people with a bad conscience! By the way that he teaches God’s Word, he arrests our attention, surprises us mentally with many new insights, energizes us spiritually, and gladdens our hearts. Its teaching drives away the cloying stench of decadent piety and replaces it with the joyful aroma of Christ and His fragrant, life-giving message.”
—Dr. John Kleinig

“Wolfmueller refuses to believe in the silent God of American spirituality and speaks the sweet savor of the Gospel at a time when we need it most. With a deft hand, he lances the boil of religious hypocrisy, but not without reason: the goal is not just to get the infection out, but to get the antidote in. Has American Christianity Failed? is an essential addition to the library of anyone wondering why American spirituality seems so broken and looking for God’s plan to fix it.”
—Jonathan Fisk, Creative Director and Pastor, Worldview Everlasting

“Bryan Wolfmueller has done us all a great favor. Whether you are a Lutheran casting an envious eye toward popular generic Christianity in America or whether you are a disappointed or disenfranchised American Christian wondering whether there’s a more substantial option, you will be enriched by this book. Bryan writes concisely, with clarity, humor, and precision. He writes candidly about his own personal journey through American pop Christianity toward Lutheranism, admitting he found the Lutheran Church sadly wanting at first. But like Martin Luther before him, Bryan has been persuaded by the clear teaching of Scripture. The result is a persuasive apologetic for the Lutheran confession of the Christ-centered biblical Gospel over against the me-centered gospel of American Christianity. Read it for yourself first, then pass it along to others looking for living water in the desert that American Christianity has become.”
—Dr. Harold L Senkbeil, Executive Director for Spiritual Care, DOXOLOGY: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel

“Christianity in North America has largely been shaped by unbiblical assumptions about the power of human choice. In an engaging and conversational style, Wolfmueller draws on his own experiences as a college student moving from church to church and more recently as a Lutheran pastor to offer a Christ-centered critique. Wolfmueller does not offer programs or techniques for church revitalization but rather invites his readers to hear the Word of the cross and find their confidence in the sure and certain promises of Christ Jesus. This book will challenge, edify, and encourage faithful disciples of Jesus Christ in the context of our self-addicted and chaotic culture.”
—John T. Pless, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions, Concordia Theological Seminary

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Andrew
9/23/2016
Buy it for yourself and your friends.

This book is a must read. Pastor Wolfmueller rightly diagnoses the problems in American Christianity, but more importantly he clearly and carefully puts forth the solutions. It's a book I wish had been written years ago. I've already given away several copies and plan on giving away several more. You can stop reading the reviews and order one for yourself.

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Zach
8/22/2016
Review of "Has American Christianity failed?"

Reverend Bryan Wolfmueller delivers one of the greatest books I've read on the problems with American Christianity! In a simplistic but detailed way of defining and diagnosing the problems with American Christianity. He offers several views of how people are reading scripture in a "me" and my "works" type understanding instead of a "Christ crucified" understanding. He goes back to the biblical basis of scripture and discredits several false notions that people have about a unbiblical Christianity. If you are suffering from pride or despair, I highly recommend this book. I recommend it to the greatest theologian or the new Christian. Extremely well done! Zach Lesher

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Jorge
8/15/2016
It has, and we need to understand why

As a newcomer to the Lutheran Confessions, I spent my life growing up under the heavy burden of American Christianity. Reading this book and listening to Rev Bryan Wolfmueller speak on these issues has given me vocabulary to finally articulate the pain and longing for rest and assurance of the Gospel. From the very first chapter, I was struck by his ability to put words to the error, and smartly diagnose the problem without creating straw men, and without vilifying the American Christian. This book gives credit where it is due, and comfort where it has been lacking for centuries. I firmly believe the individual who most needs to read this book immediately, is the one who has been crushed by another church who was only interested in what they were "doing for God". The next group is those who have been drawn away from the American Church, but lack the words to describe why that is so. Finally, for the life-long Lutheran who wants to see what exists outside their walls, outside of their church at what the American Church is doing, I implore you to read this book. If you've heard Fighting for the Faith and wondered, "how can anyone think that craziness has anything to do with the Church", this book will demonstrate the error and underlying theology that has driven (and continues to do so) the American church into its current state. It is my sincere hope that in reading this book, you'll better understand where folks like me are coming from, how important it is to share the precious gem of the Lutheran confessions with a hurting and wounded Body of believers, and be reminded of the precious gift you have in the Word and Sacraments, in the Liturgy, and in the Faith once and for all delivered to the saints.

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Daniel
8/14/2016
A book every Christian should read

Many churches in America are leaving their people starved and weak. The Gospel is preached for the sake of non-Christians, while Christians are fed a steady diet of law. After salvation the focus becomes the Christian life, "Now that you're a Christian, what are you going to do for Jesus?" is the common phrase you here from many pastors and teachers. The Gospel is placed on a shelf and the main focus of the Christian life becomes the individuals own experiences, work, and dedication to Christ. "Has American Christianity Failed?" gives the alternative to the Law soaked, desperate, dry, tired, and anxious Christian, the absolutely free and "for you" Gospel, delivered to us through God's Word and Sacraments! I can honestly say, that this is one of the most refreshing, and encouraging books I have ever read. There was not one chapter that left me bored or wanting to rush through. I think every Christian will benefit greatly from reading this book. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book. "American Christianity teaches the centrality of the individual, my will, my experiences, my decision, my heart, my work and dedication—to the detriment of Christ and His saving and comforting work. American Christianity most often preaches the Christian instead of the Christ, and our senses are so dulled that we don’t even notice He’s missing." "The Gospel is the alternative to the pendulum of pride and despair. The Law says “do,” the Gospel says “done.” The Law commands; the Gospel promises. The Law measures and judges, the Gospel forgives. The Law tells us how we ought to live, the Gospel tells us that Jesus died; and He died with a marvelous and gracious purpose: to save sinners. Both the Law and the Gospel are from God, but they have different purposes. The Law condemns. The Gospel saves." "The cross stands as the unwavering, unmoving, unquestionable answer to the question “What does God think of me?” The answer is this: He loves you, and He forgives you all your sins. You can be sure of this. You cannot undo the cross. You cannot undo God’s love for you. The love of God for you is certain and sure, as certain and sure as the death and resurrection of Jesus. This is the basis of our confidence and the source of our Christian comfort, and it is from this certainty that all our theology flows."

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Cynthia
8/9/2016
Great Read, Highly Recommend

I have enjoyed every page of this book. Pastor Wolfmueller has a wonderful way of explaining some of the major differences in the different denominations of today’s culture. I never felt like I had to have a Master’s degree in theology to understand the points that he was making. Great Read

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Eric
8/3/2016
Get Off the Treadmill

Excellent book! Give a copy to your exhausted evangelical friends who are tired of the treadmill of American Christianity.

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Ben
8/2/2016
Say "Goodbye" to despair and Self-Righteousness...

This is an important and accessible primer to Christianity that every American Christian should read without delay. Pr. Wolfmueller explains the historical trends that have derailed American Christianity from trusting in the promises of God, and restores the good news of life and hope in Christ to those who find their souls murdered by popular errors. Pr. Wolfmueller teaches us about God, about the scriptures, and about what God has accomplished for us through Christ Jesus. Pr. Wolfmeuller teaches us how the errors of revivalism, pietism, mysticism, and enthusiasm steal away our hope and trust in a God who is mighty to save. At least three of these errors are widespread and common in Lutheran churches and in the Missouri Synod. Buy this for your self, buy this for your family and friends, buy this for your pastor!

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Matt
8/2/2016
Wrong Answer

We teach the truth about the Bible, and still do, despite other Christian denominations changing over the years, especially towards a more liberal view of the Bible. We continue to point out what other Christians are teaching wrongly, but we have not figured out how to spread that truth. I graduated from the Seminary in St. Louis in 1984, about ten years after the walk out over these same issues. We are blessed that our Seminary held fast to the truth of the Bible. I learned what we don't believe. Yet, in the parish, despite our faithfulness to God's Word, we have not taught that truth to the world. Bryan points out how American Christianity is wrong. I pray we also find a way to teach the truth also.

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