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Christianity Lite- Are We Practicing A Watered-Down Gospel?

Episode Summary: In this episode of "Financial Advisors Say the Darndest Things," host A.B. Ridgway discusses the pervasive trend of diluting Christianity, paralleled with the commercialization of "lite" versions of various products. Drawing from Glenn Berto's book "Christianity Liked: Stop Drinking a Watered Down Gospel," Ridgway emphasizes the necessity of returning to the authentic gospel message, challenging listeners to embrace a life of grace-inspired obedience rather than seeking a comfortable, customized faith experience.

Key Takeaways:

  1. The Deceptive Allure of Christianity Lite: Ridgway highlights how modern Christians often gravitate towards a diluted version of Christianity, seeking comfort and convenience over true spiritual transformation.

  2. Embracing Radical Transformation: The episode underscores the core message of the gospel – Jesus' call to radical life change and obedience, rather than mere enhancement of a self-centered lifestyle.

  3. Addressing Uncomfortable Truths: Ridgway encourages listeners to confront uncomfortable truths rather than succumbing to the allure of a superficial faith experience, emphasizing the importance of authentic repentance and obedience.

  4. Parody and Cultural Commentary: Through a humorous skit parodying the concept of "Christianity Lite," the episode critiques societal attitudes towards faith and challenges listeners to reevaluate their commitment to genuine Christianity.

  5. Warning Against Spiritual Compromise: The episode concludes with a sobering reminder of the potential consequences of embracing a watered-down faith, urging listeners to reject compromise and embrace the transformative power of the true gospel.


  1. "We have watered down, decaffeinated, and diluted the message of the gospel until it really has no effect on our lives or the lives of others."

  2. "If the gospel of God makes someone uncomfortable, then maybe they aren't doing the right thing, and making them feel better will not fix the problem."

  3. "One of the biggest tricks of the devil is to convince you that the evil things that you do are actually good for you."

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About Financial Advisors Say The Darndest Things Podcast:

As Christians, we were taught to be good stewards over our tithing and giving to the less fortunate. But when it came to our personal finances and investing we were left clueless on what the Bible says. What does the Bible say about managing debt, leaving a legacy, investing, and planning for your retirement? Mr. Christian Finance answers these and many other questions because we want to teach you how to become rich and righteous!

Meet A.B. Ridgeway:

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A.B. Ridgeway, MBA ( is the owner and Christian Financial Advisor with A.B. Ridgeway Wealth Management. With a decade in the finance industry, his goal is to give believers clarity around the most confusing topic in the Bible, money, and tithing. A.B. Ridgeway helps tithing Christians become cheerful givers but unlocking their money-making potential, so they can prosper and be the great stewards of the wealth God has entrusted them with.

*Disclaimer: This communication is not intended as an offer or solicitation to buy, hold or sell any financial instrument or investment advisory services. Any information provided has been obtained from sources considered reliable, but we do not guarantee the accuracy or the completeness of any description of securities, markets or developments mentioned. This is strictly for information purposes. We recommend you speak with a professional financial advisor.

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