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Fall To Grace April 12, 2011


If anyone ever had a reason to leave the Christian faith, Jay Bakker did.

At the age of only 11 his parents’ global PTL ministry was engulfed by scandal and undermined by Christian backbiting -all of which played out in the 24-hour news media.

Disillusioned, Bakker turned to drugs and alcohol and left his childhood beliefs behind. But along the way, an interesting thing happened: Bakker came to understand, through his personal challenges and suffering (as well as the help of some friends), what God’s grace was really all about.

In this book Bakker explores the true nature of grace–what it means for everyday living and the hot-button issues of our day. With disarming humility, poignant observations, and spot-on theology, Bakker both challenges Christians to reassess their understanding of salvation and encourages non-believers to see Jesus with fresh eyes. —

The section above is from the publisher’s product description.  I couldn’t have said it better.  So, I let them say it.

This is a very interesting, insightful read.  I can’t imagine being 11 years old and having your family being hated on a national level.  More unacceptable than anything Jim Bakker ever did, was the horrible way he and his family were treated by prominent “Christian” leaders, and frankly, the evangelical community at large.  We, of course, have no shortage of examples of how quickly the religious community fills with self-righteous venom toward those it deems fallen.

Anyway, there are lots of anecdotes, personal information, and life-lessons in this book.  This is not theory, but the reality of a man who ended up finding the grace of God in spite of the seemingly insurmountable odds against him.
His words concerning his mother makes me wish I could have met her.  She sounds like a remarkable human being.

Jay has gotten a lot of flack for his stand on grace.  But we know by now that’s to be expected.  Grace truly is revolutionary.  “Fall To Grace”  helps re-affirm it’s a revolution worth joining.

— DF

Buy the book.  Click HERE.

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Sure, I had heard people talk and sing about grace in church.  But as far as I could tell, the word didn’t mean anything.

Grace offers a message of tolerance and understanding.  It contradicts much of what passes for “Christianity.”

We don’t talk about circumcision or clean foods in the church anymore, but we do make new rules, just as arbitrary, that are used to determining our damnation or salvation.

Jerry Falwell took on the purple Teletubby.  Is there anything more ridiculous than grown men and women of God railing against toys?  More important: Don’t they have anything better to do?

Our desire to appear good enough or righteous enough in front of other Christians can cause us to lose sight of grace and join in the condemnation game.

Buy the book.  Click HERE.

If Paul can stand up to Peter and James, then surely we can stand up to the people who want to undermine grace in our lives and relationships.

Ultimately, the fruit aren’t about us at all.  A tree doesn’t eat it’s own fruit.  The fruit is supposed to be picked and enjoyed by other people.

The way to identify a tree or a person is by the kind of fruit that is produced.  A person living a life of grace and inspiration will be loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and in control.

(Quoted from Kris Kristofferson): You really have to get past all that — where you have enough feeling about what’s right and wrong in the world to not give a shit about what kind of names anybody throws at you.

We tend to hide our brokenness from others precisely because we’re afraid of how they will react.  In doing so, we give sin its power.

When we strip away religious law, what’s left is love — for God and neighbor.

Buy the book.  Click HERE.

 

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