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.
5. Finally, we come to Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.
This is another book that sold well over 10 million copies and its sequels have accumulated millions and millions more. To understand that book, we need to be sure we go to the first edition and that’s kind of hard to find today. It’s in that very first edition that Young really tells us what her book is all about. Most of that introduction was scrubbed in every later edition.
But in the very first one, she tells about finding the book called God Calling. This book, God Calling, had been published in the 1930’s and it was this book that introduced her to the idea of Listeners, with a capital L, Listeners. These are people who would hear directly from God and then convey messages from God to other people. She was attracted to this. She decided to try it. So here’s what she said in her own words. She said, I knew that God communicated with me through the Bible, but I yearned for more. Increasingly, I wanted to hear what God had to say to me personally on a given day. I decided to listen to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever I believe He was saying.
Well, she did this, and she said that that became her most important spiritual discipline. It was that listening that helped her soar to this whole new level of spirituality. Now she was finally experiencing this higher kind of life. Those messages she received, that became Jesus Calling. And that became all her other books.
So what’s the problem with this? Well first, Young, she directly undermines the Bible in saying that the Bible’s not enough for her. Christians have long held that God’s Word is the final and perfect and sufficient revelation of God, yet she says, that wasn’t enough for me. She says, I longed for more. She wanted more than God has graciously given us. Well, that’s a problem. Not only that, but her messages from Jesus sound so, so different from His voice in the Bible. A sceptic might even say, you know, he sounds a whole lot less like a first-century Jewish man. He sounds a whole lot more like a 21st-century western woman.
As I said at the beginning, we’ve been blessed with some truly wonderful books in the Christian market, and I am very, very thankful, as are you, I know. Unfortunately, we’ve also been cursed with some truly awful ones. And so the point of this article is to encourage us all to exercise discernment, even when reading Christian books, and perhaps especially when reading Christian books. You know just because it’s published by a Christian publisher, just because it’s sold in a Christian book store, that does not mean that it’s good or that it’s reliable or that it’s consistent with scripture.
Christian, we need to know the Bible. We need to so know the truth of the Bible. We need to carefully evaluate every book we read, in light of its perfect and unchanging truths. A book is good only to the degree that it aligns with the perfect, infallible, inerrant, sufficient Word of God, the Bible.