Există succese publicitare care măsoară inteligența autorilor și altele care măsoară prostia cititorilor. Un articol critic apărut în America dă pe față cinci falsuri care pot intra în categoria: ,,Și-au dat învățători după poftele lor“ (2 Tim. 4:3).
If you were to scan the lists of the best selling Christian books of all time you’d see some truly amazing books there. You’d see some books that have helped us better understand who God is and books that have instructed us. and how we as Christians can live lives of obedience to Him, and like you, I’m genuinely thankful for these books. Sadly though, you’d also see some truly flat-out awful books. Today I’ve narrowed down that list to the five most ridiculous books to ever become Christian bestsellers.
1. Let’s begin with The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson.
This book was released in 2000 and it just absolutely exploded. It quickly became one of the best selling Christian books of all time. Only a couple have ever out-sold it. And this whole book was premised on just two little verses in 1st Chronicles, chapter four, where we come across this guy named Jabez, and he asked the Lord to bless him. And God blessed him. That’s all we know about Jabez and his situation. But Wilkinson turned this into a kind of global instruction for all Christians to go to God and get from Him whatever they want. Here’s what he said. In his book he said, I want to teach you how to pray a daring prayer that God always answers. It’s brief. Only one sentence, with four parts, and tucked away in the Bible. But I believe it contains the key to a life of extraordinary favor with God. Long story short, if you pray this prayer, as part of your daily life, God will give you what you want. That book went on to sell more than 10 million copies.
Now, what was the problem with The Prayer of Jabez? Well, there’s too many to list in just a short format like this, but perhaps the greatest one is this. It takes a tiny and descriptive passage, and it makes it a major and prescriptive instruction. We believe, of course, the scripture is breathed out by God. All of it breathed out by God. All of it, profitable to us. But that doesn’t mean that all scripture weighs equally heavy when it comes to what is true—when it comes to instruction—on how we ought to live. The Prayer of Jabez missed the entire thrust of scripture to deliver this ridiculous, ridiculous message. All Wilkinson really did at the end, was he took advantage of the innate greed within the human heart. To do that he overpromised and he underdelivered.