For many of these churches, gone is the offense of the cross and the centrality of the salvation and forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ. Gone is the deep preaching and exegesis of the word, practical church discipline and the emphasis on the sacraments. Gone is the preeminence of the teaching of justification, sanctification and glorification. Instead, Jesus is just a footnote in a 45 minute spirituality-laced, pop-psychology pep rally. Jesus is just a chaser to help the moralistic therapeutic deism go down. They throw the audience a few gospel crumbs, but even then they are stale and meager- a formula of esoteric and unclear vagaries. These churches are unrecognizable to the point that they’re no longer operating as the Bride of Christ, as much as they are acting like his Widow.