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Revise Us Again: Living from a Renewed Christian Script Hardcover – April 1, 2011
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"I loved this book. From the introduction to the concluding remarks, there was a spirit of grace that invited me to reexamine some of my own ideas about the Christian life. While Revise Us Again is an easy read, its message is profound! Please give yourself permission to ask some hard questions. I highly recommend Frank's new book." S. J. Hill, Bible teacher, speaker, and author of Enjoying God
"Revise Us Again is a very timely book. I have felt that the Christian community has needed such a work for quite some time now. Each chapter is full of skillfully written material that is spot on for this generation. We desperately need a major revision of our thinking and our speaking, and this book is right on target in placing the spotlight where it is needed: our unscriptural and unspiritual perceptions about Christ and His church. This work will greatly help in the process of religious 'detoxing' that needs to take place in western Christianity." Milt Rodriguez, author of The Community Life of God
About the Author
- Publisher : David C. Cook; New edition (April 1, 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1434768651
- ISBN-13 : 978-1434768650
- Item Weight : 9.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 1 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,259,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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CHARISMATIC/ PENTECOSTAL- only will stop only if he feels led of Spirit and sign is Rhema, not Logos.
CALVINIST- believes God made pre-decisions for everyone: running stop sign = never chosen to be saved... stopping at stop sign = already chosen to be saved.
DENOMINATIONAL TRADITIONALIST- follows tradition, does not bother to read the stop sign
LIBERTINE- begins to sign "Hallelujah, I am free!" and runs the stop sign at full speed.
PROPHETIC PREACHER- end time theological that sees sign as S T O P then multiply by 40 then divide by 4 equals 666.
LEGALIST- keeps condemning eye out to see if others run the stop sign
NEW TESTAMENT SCHOLAR- notes there is no stop sign on Mark Street because there is one on Matthew or Luke streets.
PROSPERITY PREACHER- will stop at sign, make positive confession concluding God made him rich.
ARMINIAN- believes if he ran the stop sign, he will lose salvation and works hard to stop at every sign.
SOUTHERN BAPTIST- believes God wants him to stop at sign, still saved if don't stop.
FUNDAMENTALIST- taking the text very literally, stops at stop sign
LIBERATION THEOLOGIAN- believes stop signs belong only to those who are elitist, wealthy; otherwise the poor are free to run whenever they wish.
SEMINARY EDUCATED EVANGELIST- something that prevents motion, might look up stop sign
SILLY, YES... that is how we have NARROW-MINDED LENS we inherited from variety of denominations. That is why we have 30,000 Christian denominations today, check Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices by Frank Viola and George Barna. I suggest that book will explain everything about how we got into one or more of 13 narrow lens listed in the Revise Us Again.
"Many Christians fear diversity. We all love unity, but we tend to toward uniformity.n This tendency is most clearly seen in denominational-ism. Diversity, however, is part of the nature of the Body of Christ."
The book is great in helping us see how variety of different denominations were created and formed, especially Spiritual Conversational Styles. Frank Viola has divided old testament into three parts: First books of Old Testament is Priest which made of THINKERS; Major and Minor Prophets and Historical Books is Prophet which is made of FEELERS; and Wisdom Literature that includes Psalms, Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, Job and Song of Solomon is WISE MAN which is made of DOERS. That is why we have three temperaments, three denominations and three forms of God's speaking. Hence, we have Spiritual Conversation Styles, that does not mean one is right, other is wrong. That is why we must not forget to see how God communicates only one of three ways. NO. Everything is right, but need balance. That is why Frank Viola has successfully concluded with THREE GOSPELS:
LEGALIST, LIBERTINE and CHRIST. I was guilty of being legalist for more than 25 years and now I am guilty of being libertine for now. Thanks to Frank, the description of CHRIST GOSPEL is very similar to WHO AM I IN CHRIST by Neil Anderson. We will know Christ's identity in our Christian life and we will make right.
I want to close with life-impacting that finally helped me understand what Christian Life is all about after 25 years of legalistic Christian Life:
"Throughout my Christian life, I've met believers who had their own private walks with the Lord. They never knew Christian community, yet they had an extremely strong devotional life. Every person who fit that bill was lopsided in some arena of their lives. The reason? They didn't avail themselves of the balancing and tempering of the body. No Christian is wired to live an individualistic Christian life. Without Christian community, we cannot grow normally in Christ. We are designed to live with other believers and receive their spiritual portion."
I appreciate him for calling us back to the center of the gospel, which is Jesus. He speaks much needed corrections to both libertines (too much freedom while neglecting the issues of holiness) and legalists (trying to obtain holiness by trying harder) in applying the gospel message, as well as to the charismatics who may place too much emphasis on the gifts of Holy Spirit raher than on glorifying Jesus Christ.
I give four stars rather than five to this book because I felt that some of his criticisms utilize more of a straw man argument rather than deep understanding of the positions that he criticizes (for example, it is possible to come to know Jesus deeper through exercising the spiritual gifts. They are not contradictory). But overall, his points are well appreciated and he speaks words that deserve serious considerations for the charismatic churches.
Even though I found a lot of insight pertaining to communication with church leaders, I especially enjoyed sections that struck a more personal chord within me.
I especially enjoyed the "Your Christ is Too Small" chapter. I struggle often understanding God's nature and I wonder if we make Him into what we feel comfortable with. I hear the "prosperity gospel" preached quite often and I while I agree that God is for us and not against us, I can't help remembering how hard it was for Jesus and his disciples during their ministry. I can't help but remembering how hard Jesus made it for some to come to him and to follow him.
These are just a couple of initial thoughts as Viola covers a broad spectrum of topics that apply to the modern day American Church. If you are a seeker and have an open mind this a must read.