May

19

2010

Justin Taylor|10:30 am CT

The Faith of George Washington

Guess what the #1 book is at Amazon.com (at time of writing)?

It’s George Washington’s Sacred Fire by Peter Lillback, president of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

The exhaustively researched book is the culmination of 15 years of research from George Washington’s writings, journals, manuscripts, letters, and testimony from others—showing that Washington was not an unbeliever or a deist but rather a low-church Anglican with genuine faith.

Glenn Beck recently had Dr. Lillback on his program, and apparently that boosted the sales.

This is a side note, but for those looking for some analysis of Beck’s statement that “social justice” is a code for Marxism in churches, this whole post by Al Mohler is worth reading. Here’s an excerpt:

To assert that a call for social justice is reason for faithful Christians to flee their churches is nonsense, given the Bible’s overwhelming affirmation that justice is one of God’s own foremost concerns.

But, there is more going on here. Glenn Beck’s statements lacked nuance, fair consideration, and context. It was reckless to use a national media platform to rail against social justice in such a manner, leaving Beck with little defense against a tidal wave of biblical mandates.

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