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Throw Away Your Christian Books

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You read correctly.

” Whatever books you have that are less than 150 years old, that are Christian-based, toss them.”

That’s what a very wise, godly man told me. 

“With the exception of someone like C.S. Lewis who wrote about 70-80 years ago, throw your Christian books away.”

I could feel my stomach churn a bit. I didn’t like what I was hearing.

My mind was trying to figure out if this was a trick statement.

His point became clearer the longer we discussed this provocative statement.

So many of today’s books that come out posing as Christian books have little to nothing to do with Jesus.

They are how-to books for a better life now with little to no regard for the bigger vision of living in Jesus now and for eternity.

Part of his reasoning is authors are writing about things they’ve never experienced themselves.  Much of it is theory. Theology they learned but not faced in real life with Jesus.

The other part is so many who say they are Christians are theologically illiterate.  No one has mentored them in the scriptures and the ways of Jesus such that in their naivety, they believe whatever they read.

In Acts, we are told to emulate the Bereans because they examined the scriptures to see if what was preached was true. The Bereans were discerning. They learned the art of critical thinking.

Months before I heard this man make such a provocative statement about today’s Christian books, my wife and I cleaned out our home library. We purged it of over 500 books. Frankly, some were authors who turned out to be frauds. Others were so cheesy they were an insult to the depth and breadth of who Jesus truly is.

“You and that man are being arrogant and condescending.”. The accusations roll.

Are we?  Am I?

There is a major difference between arrogance and discernment.  It’s called the humility of Jesus. In arrogance one exaggerates their opinion; high and lofty. In humility, one judges well.

Every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God is life.  Holy. Supernatural.  The words of man are not. The book I authored that bears Mentoring Warriors’ name reveals some good ideas, but it is far from scripture. Helpful?  I hope so.  Motivated by a passion for Jesus to be seen in the next generation? Absolutely!

However, I would agree with the wise man. Read any book, any subject matter, any author, especially those who write as a Christian, with the scriptures in one hand as you do.

Read Mentoring Warriors book that way too. Read these articles through the lens of the Bible.  

Years ago during my university days, whenever I read the latest Christian book I was excited about, my roommate always asked.  “But what do the scriptures say?”

I hope you are more passionate about following Jesus than ordering the latest “Christian” book.

Maybe this should be a question we ask before we read another book.

“Will this book grow me in Jesus or will it make me think life is all about me?”

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

2 Corinthians 10:3‭-‬6 ESV

Is it time to throw away some of your books?

Warrior On!

David Riffel is the Founder and Executive Director of Having gone through his warrior years (18-30) essentially without a mentor, God has placed in him a heart for warriors, to come alongside them in various ways as they figure out life. David’s newly released book, Mentoring Warriors: Coming Alongside Young Men 18-30, outlines principles for mentoring and gives advice for warriors in six key areas of life: self-management, life skills, education/career, relationships, faith, and identity.

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