A 50 YEAR OLD WORD TO THE CHURCH TODAY

CS Lewis wrote a very interesting book on prayer called “LETTERS TO MALCOLM:  CHIEFLY ON PRAYER”

I love this book that Lewis wrote, especially the concept he uses.  Malcolm is a fake guy…he writes to him as if he is corresponding with a close friend who is asking him questions on prayer.

Lewis has never done a book  this way before.

 

The first chapter is hauntingly prophetic .  It is shouting to  the modern church in America today with all it’s gimmicks and edgy innovations.  

Written 50 years ago in 1964, please read this rather lengthy excerpt I pulled from this amazing book and tell me this is not something every contemporary pastor should read.

 

Before you go to your next conference and hear “the next new thing”….read this excerpt from C.S. Lewis.


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LET THE LION OUT OF THE CAGE

We have dangerously come to a place thinking that inviting people to church is the same as inviting someone to Jesus.  They are not equal.

And in like fashion, we have had more excitement over Christian books and and building men’s and small groups around “a” book instead of The Book. It seems that we get more out of  Rick Warren, Andy Stanley, Platt, Lucado, Chan and Eldridge than Paul, Peter and Luke.   Now don’t get me wrong….(read this so as not to be misunderstood) I have 7,000 books in my library, and I have nothing personal against these authors and their writings.  But I can never choose CS over Jude and John, and neither should you.  Bible studies are no longer Bible studies but popular Christian book studies.  “What book are we studying this month?” is what men’s groups are asking; as if to say the “66” is good but we need to move on.

 

The Bible is THE Book but it is slowly being forgotten in our churches and the lesser is replacing the potent.

 

Remember, when the Bible is read, God’s Word does things.  It talks to hearts. It crushes hard hearts and suprises the deaf hearts.   

 

When C.S. Lewis came to Oxford University he was an atheist. He had lost his mother at nine and the rest of his life was spent in boarding schools. But had no use or belief in God. But while at Oxford he met a man who became his best friend: J.R.R. Tolkein. You know him as the author of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkein, along with some other friends challenged Lewis to investigate the Bible. So Lewis did. It was from that investigation and through the counsel of his friends that Lewis moved from atheism to a deep Christian faith. And Lewis is not alone. There have been many brilliant, even famous people who have given the Bible an honest, objective chance and have come to understand it as the truth. People like Josh McDowell, Charles Colson, Lee Strobel, Kirk Cameron, Charlton Heston, Barbara Bush, Corrie Ten Boom, Connie Seleca. What did they do? They simply took the Bible and studied it. …This book that was written over 1500 years by 40 different writers on 3 different continents is more than just any ordinary book. It can change your life.  

 

When people read the Bible you have stepped into unsafe waters for your soul.  Because these are not ordinary words, but these are the magnificent words of God.

 

I like what Charles Spurgeon said about the Bible. 

“How do I defend the Bible?  I treat it like a lion.  I let it out of its cage and it defends itself.”

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HOW A 90 YEAR OLD LETTER TOUCHED ME

HOW A 90 YEAR OLD LETTER TOUCHED ME

 

 

Here is my quick RANT….

I don’t like Leadership books

They are too sterile for me.

 

 

That’s probably why I don’t like many academia books They are written from an office not from the battlefield Missionary books do something for me….

Reading the theology of E Stanley Jones or Oswald Chambers from the field means way more to me than the PHD from Cambridge

Dr D Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ writings mean a great deal to me than a Dr from a seminary. He wrote it as he pastored not simply from research.

Boots on the ground writing as an authority to it that academia can’t provide or match.


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