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Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live. Paperback – Unabridged, February 5, 2013
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What did Jesus really mean when He said, “Follow me?”
Is it possible for people to say they believe in Jesus but not truly be born again?
Is it possible for people to claim they have accepted Christ into their hearts yet not actually be Christians?
Not only is it possible, but according to Pastor David Platt, it’s also highly probable. The author of the bestselling book Radical is convinced that many people in our churches today are misled as to what it truly means to be a follower of Christ. Western culture has drained the lifeblood out of Christianity and replaced it with a watered-down version of the gospel that is so palatable it isn’t even real anymore.
“Follow me,” Jesus calls.
Two simple words that change everything. You will never be bored. You will always have purpose. You will never lack joy. But it will cost you. This call is not an invitation to pray a prayer. It is a summons to lose your life.
a call to die. a call to live. Have you answered that call?
About the Author
David Platt is pastor of the Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. He holds a Ph.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is the author of the best-selling book, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream&. Francis Chan is the best-selling author of Crazy Love and the host of the BASIC series. Francis is the founding pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California and the founder of Eternity Bible College. He also sits on the board of directors of Children's Hunger Fund and World Impact. Francis now lives in Northern California with his wife, Lisa, and their four daughters and one son. SPANISH BIO: Francis Chan es pastor principal de la Iglesia Cornerstone en Simi Valley, California. Es el fundador del Eternity Bible College y pertenece a la junta de la organizacion Children's Hunger Fund. Su primer libro, Loco Amor, vendio mas de 175,000 copias su primer ano. Francis y su familia residen en el sur de California.
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So I say all of this under the umbrella that many members of the church need to be spurred on to a greater devotion and faith to the Lord, and that perhaps many of us do need to consider if we are indeed his.
But ultimately it is the Lord whom we must obey and not David Platt, and there are just a few too many statements incorrectly put in this book so as to lead some to have the idea that extra biblical requirements are due to have a relationship with God. I believe Platt would agree with me about this stipulation, and he does point out at times the exceptions to his "rule" like statements. None the less he frequently follows it up with these absolute statements that don't leave any space for people who know the Lord but are imperfect. It's often all or nothing. These are things we should all aim for, but they are not requirements for salvation per se.
Platt does promote many great ideas about devoting ourselves to the Lord, being passionate to committing our lives to God, and spreading the Gospel world wide.
Overall it's worth a read, but I'd read it with the knowledge that your faith is between you and God, not you and David Platt.
I pre-ordered "Follow Me" as soon as I heard it was going to be released.
Like many others, I agree that the intention of this book is good. It is extremely important that as spiritually healthy Christians, the point of our lives is to die to Christ and be a vessel of evangelism to others.
Unfortunately, from a writing stand point this book is filled with a painfully large amount of fluff. I would read almost every chapter only to realize that the point of the entire section was summarized in one sentence in the first paragraph. The rest of the chapter then was filled with rephrasing the same thing, or adding his own personal convictions.
This leads me to the content. Again, I love Platt's literal and unsoftened interpretation of the Bible. Unfortunately, with this book, a great deal of his passages are snippets of verses to make his point relevant, without fully explaining the context. That is dangerous for a pastor that has so many people reading his words. Second, as much as he claims that he does not believe that people can lose their salvation and/or that salvation is not based on words, everything else he says in the book strikes me as the exact opposite. Certaintly, as Christians our lives are to give our will's up to Christ, and evangelize. In his book, however, Platt keeps repeating over and over that if you are not constantly pursuing evangelism you are not a Christian, which I do not believe is even remotely biblical. Even as a viewpoint that is different than mine, his argument that you don't truly believe in Christ if you don't perfectly execute these things is very weakly presented.
Overall, the intention of the author and his message seems to be a great message to supercharge complacent Christians and churches to fulfill God's will for us. As an author and theologian, though, this is definitely the last book of Platt's I will read.