The book is entitled, “So You Don’t Want To Go To Church Anymore.” It’s among a variety of religious books written without regard to God’s Word.
Visit any bookstore and you’ll find many books with titles and content designed to appeal to our religious nature, but also our carnal nature. Titles such as “The Shack” or “Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back” (a book that currently has over 1900 reviews at Amazon with an average rating of almost 5 stars, proof that people are clamoring for their own version of faithful service).
Never mind that Heb. 9:27 says, “And inasmuch as it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this cometh judgment;” People are often attracted to stories of people dying, seeing beyond death and returning to tell the tale. Read of the rich man in Luke 16:19-31.
“And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” Do you ever wonder why people who claim to have died and seen beyond death never report of lifting their eyes in torment? It’s because people don’t believe in Hell, but they often do believe in Heaven. Besides, Abraham told the rich man that it wasn’t possible for him to return to earth to warn his brethren. It hardly seems fair to allow some to come back, but not the rich man. Of course, the fact is, nobody is allowed to come back after death because after death there is but one more step to be taken, judgment.
These works successfully accomplish at least three things:
a. They diminish God’s Word, His work in our salvation and His guidance in our lives by the Word.
b. They diminish the Church that Jesus purchased with His own blood.
c. They emphasize our importance, making us as gods, where we view God Jehovah as a being who is at our beck and call.
Eph. 5:25, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for it;”
Acts 28:20 “Take heed unto yourselves, and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit hath made you bishops, to feed the church of the Lord which he purchased with his own blood.”
Some modern religious writers are contributing to the destruction of the institution purchased with the blood of Christ. The emphasis is unscripturally placed on the individual, his wants, his needs and his desires rather than on what God demands. God is not our genie, existing to fulfill our every carnal need. He is our God, driven by love to save us from our sins and driven by justice to punish unforgiven sin.
Be careful what you allow into your mind. Be careful what you read. The Word of God is our guide, pattern and source of faith…not cleverly titled books that pander to our carnal desire to avoid faithful service, or books that appeal to how we think things should be. God’s Word is sure.
Phil. 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”