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Calling All Men

Posted: December 3, 2011 in Book Review
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David Murrow attempts to answer the question on why men hate going to church. When I first received the book, Why Men Hate Going to Church, I had no idea about how much useful information I would be reading about men and church. Of course this is just one man’s thoughts on Why Men Hate Going to Church, but Murrow has some very good points addressing statistics, marketing, different types of men, and what most men like and don’t like. Some might say its stereotypical and that there is more to the issue than just how church is, but I must agree with this Murrow for the most part and his useful facts and suggestions. Murrow even relates it all the way up to the theology that is being taught in the churches and how men need to hear the Lion of Judah over the Lamb of God.

I am a young single man and even my age group is addressed. Murrow reveals the need for men and and made me want to get a group of my college buddies and go to church after we watch football next Sunday Night.

This book is a must read for pastors! Pastors should build their church with men as the groundwork. This book will be very useful with great statistics and facts on why men hate church and how a pastor can change things to bring more men in. Along with church leaders, women with husbands that don’t attend church should also read this book for great insight on how to address the issue. Two manly thumbs up!

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This is more of a vent session for me. Usually I just roll my eyes when I hear about the subject of the prosperity gospel and all the preachers that are filled with lies. But not right now. The right nerve finally pinched me and I have had enough.
The prosperity gospel for those that don’t really know is a false teaching that God blesses those who follow him with a great life, comfort, happiness, riches, and pretty much anything you ask for. They base their whole teaching on a few bible verses, not the actual Bible. Their are many different ways of going about the prosperity gospel as well, some like Benny Hinn tell you that you will be healed or your problem will be fixed  if you support him. Joel Olsteens is all about you, his books for example; It’s Your Time, Become A Better You, and Your Best Life now. Joyce Meyer, Eddie Long, and Kenneth Copeland are other examples of the Prosperity Gospel as well. Teachers of prosperity are teachers that people like to hear, it pleases them and makes them actually fill good about themselves. Hardly ever do people like these say what god wants. 1 Thess 2:4 tells us that it’s not about pleasing man, it’s only about pleasing god. Gal 1:10 backs this up by saying if you are just pleasing the ears of man and not god then you are not a servant of god. Rev 22:18 warns us about the changing and manipulation of his word. God’s words is the WORD of the ALMIGHTY GOD. He does not want us to change a single word much less get rid of everything and build your whole ministry/church off of a few verses that you copied and pasted together. The Bible says these people are worse than your regular sinners. These people are massaging the hearts of people seeking Jesus, God, Holy Spirit, and the Bible and ignoring the truth and telling you that you need what the world tells you that you need. You don’t need a luxurious, prideful, happy, comfortable, hunkey dorey life.  I’m gonna compare what the phony prosperity gospel teaches and how it compares to the bible.

  • These teachers would tell you that it’s great to be wealthy. The Bible should put fear into peoples eyes about being wealthy because JESUS SAYS straight up that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man getting into heaven. Matt 19:24
  • They focus on  living a nice and comfortable life in their messages. JESUS SAYS foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head. Matt 8:20. Comfortable and cushy….really?
  • They say God’s word will make everyone happy and bring peace with everyone. JESUS SAYS Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. Matt 10:34. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12.

I could throw out so many verses that completely goes against all these things and so much more. The Bible yells of suffering for Jesus because he suffered for you Phl 1:29. It says give god everything because it is already his Deu 8:17-18. Deny yourself, pick up your cross and follow me! Luk 9:23. If your not suffering for me then your not living the right way Matt 5:11-12! People hated Christ so they should hate you Luk 21:17.Your suppose to be humble, not prideful Pro 11:2. I could go on and on and on! But I don’t have the time to dissect the whole word of god right now.

I was once on a suffering kick and all I read for the longest time was about suffering for Christ. I still fully believe that you need too, but also realize there is joy and happiness in suffering like your savior. One of the videos I watched during this time period was a sermon by Francis Chan talking about the question, Is Suffering Optional? It was a great question and I was looking for the answer. Like me now, he does not have the time to give you all the verses but he does take the time to point out the subject of suffering for Christ in at every book of the New Testimate. Here is a link to the first video of a four part message. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niELvHvbR6U. Be sure to watch the rest as well.

I just think it’s crazy how the most popular speakers/evangelist/pastors are really teaching a lie when really this book called The Bible teaches something far greater than what the world talks about. It’s really hard to explain the joy, peace, and happiness in suffering and truly following Jesus but that’s when the Holy Spirit truly comforts you. Not when you have your eyes on other things other than God. Really I believe that God’s true speakers should be making money, but I only say that with the expectation that they would give it all away. And it’s not all about money, the lies are in this gospel about you. Their is no gospel about you. The gospel means the “Good News” and their is no “Good News” in this world except the Savior of it. He brought the good news to a corrupted world saturated with sin and gave hope to his followers. Jesus does not owe us a thing. Look around, he is still giving you life, not because you deserve it. But he provides us grace so that we can use it to worship him. That’s all that it’s about is Him. Not about what we want or think is right, but what He wants and what He thinks is right. Once again, we need to deny ourselves, pick up our cross, and start following.