A Christian Manifesto Book Review

A Christian Manifesto Book Review

A Christian Manifesto

by Francis A. Schaeffer
Length: 157
TCB Rating:
four-half-stars
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Book Overview

In this explosive book, Francis Schaeffer shows why morality and freedom have crumbled in our society. He calls for a massive movement-in government, law, and all of life-to reestablish our Judeo-Christian foundation and turn the tide of moral decadence and loss of freedom.
A Christian Manifesto is literally a call for Christians to change the course of history-by returning to biblical Truth and by allowing Christ to be Lord in all of life.

A Christian Manifesto Book Review

 

It seems like nobody really knew what was happening until it happened. With seemingly lightning speed, court cases, corporate memos, and unexpected political candidates began pushing Judeo-Christian ethics to the outskirts of political discussion. Any perspective that advocated godly sexuality, personal responsibility, or true civil liberty became anathema almost overnight. What is the driving force behind this extreme change and what should Christians do about it? This is the central question that Francis Schaeffer answers in A Christian Manifesto.

Schaeffer begins his manifesto by detailing the core problem of modern day secularism. His special labor is to show that the war between a Godly government and a God-hating government is not waged primarily over each issue, nor even the total sum off all the issues. Rather, the war is won or lost at the worldview level.

The worldview, or ideological starting point, which has pushed much of Western civilization in the past century is the primary cause for the widespread adoption of homosexuality, transgenderism, abortion, and evolution as positive moral facts. When Schaeffer wrote A Christian Manifesto in 1981, many things on this list were just emerging or gaining significant ground in legal battles. But today, we are seeing the inevitable end of the “Material-energy, chance concept of reality” which Schaeffer carefully proves is the culprit behind the moral decay. What we see today is the effect of what Schaeffer prophetically wrote about in A Christian Manifesto.

As any good manifesto must have, Schaeffer includes not merely the problems he sees, but also the solutions. And as the title suggests, these solutions are rooted in the Christian Bible, that is, the Word of God. Schaeffer masterfully navigates the murky waters of civil disobedience, lesser magistrates, and persecution. It is these topics and more that make this book as important today as when it was published in 1981.

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Christians have a holy obligation to seek the welfare of the city in which they live. But we have not only the obligation, but the holy law of God and the grace of Jesus Christ to seek the welfare of our nation, our city, and our neighbor. And as Schaeffer argues, the war will be won through Christian obedience, persistence, and sacrifice.

four-half-stars
By | 2018-01-31T02:33:45+00:00 October 19th, 2017|

George Whitefield Book Review

George Whitefield Book Review

George Whitefield: God's Anointed Servant in the Great Revival of the Eighteenth Century

by Arnold A. Dallimore
Length: 219
TCB Rating:
five-stars
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Book Overview

God's accomplishments through George Whitefield are to this day virtually unparalleled. In an era when many ministers were timid and apologetic in their preaching, he preached the gospel with zeal and undaunted courage. In the wake of his fearless preaching, revival swept across the British Isles, and the Great Awakening transformed the American colonies.

The previous two-volume work George Whitefield: The Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the Eighteenth-Century Revival is now condensed into this single volume, filled with primary-source quotations from the eighteenth century, not only from Whitefield but also from prominent figures such as John and Charles Wesley, Benjamin Franklin, and William Cowper.

George Whitefield Book Reviews

 

Best Trait: Dallimore has Two Volumes on Whitefield. This book is a summary of those volumes. He does an excellent job giving us a concise overview of Whitefield’s life. Unfortunately, George Whitefield is one of those people in Church History that is too often overlooked. Dallimore writes in such a way that not only will you appreciate the ministry of George Whitfield, but you will be challenged on your own walk with the Lord.

Worst Trait: At times, the timeline can be a little difficult to follow, but not so much that it really affects the value of this book.

Summary: Biographies are something we all need to read more of. Reading about a great man of faith who lived in a different time period than you should help cultivate humility in your life as well as encouraging, convicting, and challenging you in your walk.

Inspiration/Conviction Power: 9

Readability: 8.5

Practical Usefulness: 9

Enjoyability: 9.25

If you don’t know much about Whitefield you should. Perhaps you’ve dismissed him simply because he is of a different denominational persuasion than you. If you read this biography you will see Whitefield’s zeal for the gospel, passion in preaching, heart for discipleship, and desire for unity that is grounded in the gospel, not denominational allegiance.

Dallimore writes “When the present author is stirring at 7 in the morning, he frequently reminds himself that Whitfield had been active since 4. Arising at that early time, he spent the first hour in communion with God…At 5 he preached, and virtually always to a host of men and women…And by 7 Whitfield had often set out on an evangelistic journey or was writing letters or meeting the first of the number who came seeking spiritual advice” (pg. 196).

One of the things that personally challenged me the most was Whitefield’s heart for souls. He took 13 voyages across the Atlantic. While on board he would do his best to build relationships with people, preaching to them, witnessing to them, and catechizing them. He also was a generous man with his time and money. He often preached multiple times a day for sometimes as much as 2 hours a sermon, but also found time to oversee two London churches and an orphan house in the American Colonies. He chose to forsake the pleasures of money in order to give all he could for the furtherance of gospel ministry both in Great Britain and the Colonies. Whitefield was often visibly broken for the lostness of the 18th century. Would to God that I was for the 21st!

No doubt there are other good works on Whitefield out there. Both Steve Lawson and Thomas Kidd have books on him that I highly recommend. I think, however, that this book by Arnold Dallimore is where I would have anyone who is interested in learning more about this great man of God begin. You will not regret learning more about George Whitefield.

five-stars
By | 2018-02-02T03:56:44+00:00 August 11th, 2017|

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