Vanishing Grace – Book Review 19

By: snowgood

May 03 2017

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Category: Belief, Christianity, Failure, Gospel, Jesus, Politics

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Vanishing Grace has been sitting unread on my chest of drawers for two years. At long last I decided to give it a go.

Some say you should never meet your heroes, but I’ve actually met and briefly spoken with this towering figure amongst modern Christian authors.

He had been invited to a school in Exeter, and several hundred people showed up to meet the man who has sold millions of cleverly written books.

His most impressing quality was humility, and I warmed to his quietly spoken (Biblical) views.

All the best characters should exhibit Christ like attributes, so it was a joy to pull back the cover and read a personal greeting from our missionary friend currently serving in Angola.

This 252 page work was published back in 2014, and acts as a thermometer on “The Church” in today’s society.

The “bride of Christ” has embraced contemporary world views, and strategies and we’re now up the creek without a paddle.

Yancey conveys a sense of despair, whilst providing pointers to “what went wrong”.  His terms of reference are broad and compelling.

I all to readily see myself in these pages, as I too was once like a sheep that had been led astray.  Hands up if you once only saw unbelievers as a target audience for conversion?

How does that stack up against our true calling?

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

James 1:27

The faithful servants who truly follow Christ are the ones who read his word, and just get on and live it out.

They don’t need to be cajoled into the latest “Church Initiative” they just see a needy individual or group and get their hands dirty doing kingdom stuff.

Reading through the pages I was struck by the failings many of us share, in that we seek out those we agree with, and then look to share and enjoy their company (particularly in a Church context).

It strikes me that an inward looking church seeking conformity is in no better than the churches that get a wake up call in Revelation 2 and 3.

One of my best friends is a left wing smoker, but I find myself curiously enriched  in his presence.

May each of us who claim to follow Christ set aside our agendas, and simply embrace Christ’s manifesto.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

John 13: 34-35

Vanishing Grace – Snowgood Rating 7 out of 10.


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