A couple of years ago I heard the testimony of a young man who stated that he had been raised in a loving Christian home; his parents took him to Sunday School and church every week; he intimated that he may have trusted Christ as Savior at a very young age, although he was not sure about that. While he was attending a secular university, he met some students from The Master’s College (founded by and presided over by John MacArthur). Through them he was led into what has been called “Genuine, committed” Christianity. He then claimed to “realize” that his former beliefs of two decades were undoubtedly bogus, what he dubbed, “American Christianity.”
I have often heard the term “American Christianity” bandied about by Lordship Faith preachers as if it is some sort of an inherently-evil nomenclature. Lordship Faith writers and preachers such as Paul Washer, David Platt, and Francis Chan use the term as a slam against all but whom they deem to be the most committed Christians in America. Francis Chan in his book Crazy Love labels the masses of American Christians as “the lukewarm.” Then in one fell swoop he consigns them all to hell. Only the really on fire minority of churchgoers will make it to heaven, in Chan’s teaching. Based upon what I read in Crazy Love, possibly even the Apostle Paul himself would not pass Chan’s “lukewarm” test.
So why has the term “American Christianity” become so offensive in many Christian circles? I find it rather hypocritical that everyone whom I have heard or read using the term, in such a negative way, IS an American as well as a professed Christian himself! Doesn’t the derogatory utilization of the term “American Christianity” fail to acknowledge the great history of Christianity in America? And doesn’t its use deny the fact that Christian churches and Christian mission organizations have been the most colossal senders of Christian missionaries and the Christian gospel worldwide? And how about the fact that America possesses the most professing Christians and the highest per-capita church-going population in the world? [Granting the fact that some are not really born-again Christians]