Tags: Charles Spurgeon, The Soul Winner, Pharisees, David A. Noebel, Understanding the Times, Apostle Paul
It was an absolutely perfect summer day, uniquely suited for a young boy casually reclining under the shade of a majestic oak tree. With pencil in his ear and paper in his hand the juvenile carefully contemplated his promising future.
"Whatcha doin," the lad's longtime and loyal friend questioned as he serendipitously meandered up.
"Getting rich," was the astute reply.
"Yep. I'm writing a self-help book. There's a huge market for this stuff."
Now the little boy had his friend's undivided attention as he began to expound on the words of wisdom that had just ushered from his ecstatic mouth. "First, you convince people there's something wrong with them. That's easy because advertising has already conditioned people to feel insecure about their weight, looks, social status, sex appeal, and so on."
The attentive tiger is now engrossed in perplexity as Calvin continues with his perceptive insights. "Next, you convince them that the problem is not their fault and that they're victims of larger forces. That's easy, because it's what people believe anyway. Nobody wants to be responsible for his own situation. Finally, you convince them that with your expert advice and encouragement, they can conquer their problem and be happy."
Hobbes is amazed as he stands up with his paws resting on his sides to proclaim, "Ingenious. What problem will you help people solve?"
"Their addiction to self-help books," was the instant reply. "My book is called 'Shut Up and Stop Whining: How to do Something With Your Life Besides Think About Yourself.'"
The captivated tiger then scratched his head in disbelief to advise, "You should probably wait for the advance before you buy anything."
Oblivious to the comment Calvin continued, "The trouble is. . .if my program works, I won't be able to write a sequel."
* * *
Certainly, most of the nation chuckled upon reading this adventure of the mischievous Calvin and Hobbes on the Sunday it was printed in their local newspapers. I did as well! Tears of laughter rolled down my eyes as the wisdom behind the words of this little boy began to register in my head.
Yet those same tears became droplets of sorrow, as I began to realize how true was the message of this boy, Calvin. It so accurately describes the self-centered, humanistic society that we now abide in -- a self-absorbed culture that has lost so much of what it once had.
Have you seen the books Calvin was describing on the bookshelves throughout you city? Look at the titles prominently displayed as you enter your favorite store and you will find promises of everything -- from more wealth, to guaranteed success, inner peace and freedom. All of this is so easily attained if you will just buy the copy that is being exhibited so prominently before your eyes.
The great Baptist evangelist of the late nineteenth century, Charles Spurgeon, was quite aware of the espousers of every new idea in his own day. Talking of the empty sermons that belched out of the pulpits of England, he wrote in The Soul Winner, "When they select a text, they never explain its true meaning; but they go round about to find out something that the Holy Ghost never intended to convey by it, and when they get hold of one of their 'new thoughts' -- oh, dear! what a fuss they make over it! Here is a man who has found a stale herring! What a treat! It is so odoriferous! Now we shall hear of this stale herring for the next six months, when somebody else will find another one. What a shout they set up! 'Glory! Glory! Glory! Here is a new thought!' A new book comes out about it, and all these great men go sniffing round to prove what deep thinkers and what wonderful men they are. God will not bless that kind of wisdom."
Masses of people today are clamoring to the racks to pick up the latest bit of insight or exciting novel ideas that will surely give to them the dynamics of life that they are certain they are missing out on. Give them a message that will make them feel better about themselves, with the assurance that they are in actuality OK and not responsible for the mess they are in, and they will with ease lay down their hard-earned cash to read the words of peace and safety.
Everybody wants to feel better about themselves! With a new way of looking at things they certainly can attain the "self-improvement" that will help them to better cope in a world saturated with pressures to measure up to specific standards.
To be relieved of their guilt concerning their failures is considered a blessing. It really doesn't matter how this is accomplished. . . .Just so it is. Tell them how they can look at themselves to see a more acceptable picture in the mirror. They do not want to face their own depravity. "Encouragement" is what they crave.
As you might have already guessed, this is not a "feel good" discourse. As a matter of fact, it is just the opposite! Does that concern you? Are you wondering if you made a mistake in even going this far?
Allowing one's self to probe his own inadequacy in this way might bring out negative emotions, and nobody cares to do that. Most prefer to comfort themselves with the speculation that there are "different ways of looking at things." It is not a popular thing today to assert that somebody is wrong.
Yet, this is exactly what I am proposing to do! The message is, that there is a right, and there is a wrong. . . .and guess what? The book has already been purchased!
You might be thinking that you should have looked a little farther than the titles in the table of contents before plopping down your last dime for literature such as this. If you continue, you will only be subjected to a message that was specifically intended to make you feel uncomfortable with the gray areas in your life. What a bummer!
The world we live in is a very busy place. Who has the time to change one's way of thinking? Besides, we take enough hits from our bosses, business associates, neighbors, parents, and who knows who else, to spend our leisure time subjecting ourselves to more challenges. Just give us a movie to look at for a while to help us escape the madness.
Well, have I got good news for you! It's not as if you've laid down you hard-earned cash for a dog DVD rental that has to go back to the store by tomorrow evening. In that case you might have invested a whole night with friends over popcorn, while you all gaze in perplexity wondering whether the next scene is suitable for viewing by your kids. You endure the monotonous adventure anyway, only to question if the defilement you bought into was worth the bother of a wearisome plot that went nowhere but to take two blasphemous mouths into an adulterous bedroom.
A book on the other hand is an investment of a lifetime. You can read it at your own pace and put it down as you like. Tomorrow it shall be waiting for you right where you left your bookmark. It will do this for as long as you wish, quietly obeying the brush of your fingertips and the glance of your eye until you have labored to the last page. Take a lifetime as you wish. Digest each word if it pleases you, or skim through at a rapid pace if you cannot wait. The book will follow your command.
Calvin is found standing on the sidewalk with his arch-enemy, the dreaded Suzie. As the young boy stares on in wonderment, the little girl exalts, "I love my school books. Just think! Pretty soon we'll have to read all of this! . .I like to read ahead and see what we're going to learn next. It's so exciting to know stuff"
Now hugging her close friend, "Having a book is like having a good friend with you."
Now Calvin is going to assert his profundity into the situation. While vigorously thumbing the pages of his book, he advances, "If you flip the pages of my book, an animated T. Rex drives the Batmobile and explodes!"
"Sometimes," Suzie complains to herself, "I think books are the only friends worth having."
* * *
So my advice to you in contemplating the following pages is to take in as much as you can at a time. I can assure you that you will be reading a lot of candid comments regarding the condition of the American believer who has been corrupted by the world that surrounds him. That is what black and white is all about! You tell it as it is.
A lot of people today label such talk as that of Pharisees; legalistic, unloving, and filled with hate. The Word of God proclaims it as truth. Most of the time the truth is very difficult to hear. . . . So take your time.
It is my intention to provide you with information that will help to abet the severe predicament that has engulfed our nation and the Church, that has become so much part of the world's unbelief system. This book will spend a considerable amount of time to assure you that there is indeed a severe problem going on. It will not profess that we are all OK because we are not. It will show you how our drift from the pure message of Christ has occurred and why we have become who we are.
It will recommend solutions, but they will not be novel or unique. I hope this doesn't discourage you, but there really aren't any new solutions to reveal! It has already been proclaimed in thousands of years of Biblical and Western history, a study that has always been available to us all in the dusty shelves of our libraries. From the beginning of time the truth has been made known to us. It is only left for us to accept the obvious.
David A. Noebel wrote in Understanding the Times, "Christianity and history have always been allies. Leopold Von Ranke's observation that history convinces more people than philosophy is certainly confirmed by the Christian response to this discipline. The Bible contains a great deal more history than philosophy. Christianity is rooted in history and without its historical roots there would be no Christian world view."
The Apostle Paul supported this view: I would not have you to be ignorant of (history) (I Cor 10:1f).
Most importantly, God has disclosed it to us in his Holy Word. If our society was filled with individuals who were committed to acknowledging this as God's truth in our lives, there would be little need for you to continue reading beyond this paragraph. However, in-and-out of the Body of Christ, this has not been the case.
The liberal's call has grabbed the heart of even the most devote Christians of our age. It is an old problem that has plagued the heart of mankind since his fall. It is my intention to witness the Holy Spirit direct your mind to the black-and-white truths of the Word through the pages of these books. If that occurs, there will be no need of a sequel.
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Eventually Don served as a pastor at Calvary Chapel Bakersfield to witness thousands of salvations through that ministry. As the music/concert director, Don worked for seven years with most major Christian artist of that time while producing evangelical concerts attended by thousands of young people seeking after God. Dons Calvary Chapel Praise Choir released the album Let All Who Hath Breath Praise the Lord on the Maranatha! label.
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