The current trend among ministries
like ours is to tap into all the different social
networking media in an effort to broaden their
audiences. And while we've begun to do that as well,
we've also been taking a look at what the world would be
like if suddenly there were no internet ministries.
There are three reasons why I think
it makes sense for someone in my position to consider
this. First, of course, is the rapture of the Church.
Without Christians around to maintain them,
Christian websites would soon disappear too.
And try as I might, I just can't imagine asking
one of my non-believing friends to take over in my
absence if I should suddenly disappear, although that
could certainly be the spark to ignite a conversation of
a different sort.
The problem is if the conversation resulted in
the friend's conversion I'd be right back in the same
situation. I'd have to find someone who is not a
believer now, but was guaranteed to become one right
after the rapture.
So far the Lord hasn't revealed such a person to
The second reason is an EMP
(electromagnetic pulse) attack.
A nuclear warhead detonated in the atmosphere
above the US would send an electromagnetic pulse
hurtling to Earth at the speed of light.
Depending on the height, the location, and the
power of the explosion it could destroy all computers
and other electronic devices in the US instantly. No
more internet. No more electronics of any kind.
Experts say this is where we are most vulnerable
to terrorists because the capability already exists,
it's a relatively inexpensive weapon, and we have no
defense against it.
The third reason is something
that's also in the works.
The UN is persisting in their effort to gain
control of and regulate the internet.
One of their stated goals is to eliminate hate
speech, but as we know in some people's view hate speech
includes Biblical Christianity.
This is partly due to the fact that we're opposed
to homosexuality and abortion, and believe that
non-believers will be condemned.
If the UN gets the power it wants, Bible study
websites like ours could soon be censored to the point
For these reasons, I concluded that
we should also pay attention to some of the more
traditional means of mass communications, and that
includes writing books. Books are more durable.
Once they're in circulation no one can push a
button somewhere and erase them.
In short they're better suited to times of
What's It All About?
So then the question became what to
write about. My experience answering Biblical questions
over the past five years has taught me that a lot of
Christians really don't know very much about our
some point in their lives they chose to become
believers, but because there are so few opportunities
for meaningful discipleship, they frequently just go on
living as they had before.
If someone asks them to explain their faith, they
have a hard time doing so because what little knowledge
they have is largely hearsay.
And as for having a meaningful discussion with a
curious non-believer, forget about it.
The majority of today's believers
are represented by the seed that fell among thorns in
Matt. 13:7, which is part of the Kingdom Parables.
them as being unfruitful because they are too concerned
about the things of this world (Matt. 13:22).
According to recent surveys over 90% of people
who call themselves Christians fall into this category.
Now I'm not questioning their salvation. I'm talking
about their fruitfulness. Salvation is not a fruit
It's what we do after we're saved that determines
An apple tree is born because the
seed that was planted in the ground has germinated and
produced a new life.
It grows to maturity and begins to produce
Although the tree was alive from the moment
it sprang forth from the soil it wasn't
considered to be fruitful until it produced more of its
After all, apples aren't just for eating.
They're also for producing more apple trees.
So it is with believers.
We're born again because the seed of the gospel
was planted in our heart.
But although we're a new creation from the moment
we believe we're not considered to be fruitful until we
produce more of our own kind. We're not just for singing
and praising God.
We're also for producing more Christians (Matt.
From this I determined that three
groups of people could benefit from knowing more about
Christians believe and why we believe it. In no
particular order they are curious unbelievers, new
believers, and long time believers who want to become
After some prayer and reflection on
this, I felt like the Lord had told me what to write
about and who to write it to. I divided the message into
eight parts, which became the book's eight chapters.
Eight is the number of new beginnings and it's my prayer
that many who read the book will be motivated to begin
their life anew, whether by deciding to become a
believer, or by having their faith strengthened through
a deeper understanding of what the Lord has done for
Chapter 1. The Redeemer Is Promised
The book begins at the beginning,
explaining how mankind became estranged from God and why
we need a redeemer to bring us back to Him.
Chapter 2. The Redeemer Awaits
Chapter two is an overview of what
God was doing between the time He promised to send a
redeemer and the time of His actual arrival. Think of it
as a very brief summary of the Old Testament as it
concerns man's redemption.
Chapter 3. The Redeemer Is Given
This is the Christmas story.
To show that the Redeemer is the focus of the
entire Bible I made liberal use of Old Testament
prophecies that foretold of His coming.
We conclude with a summary of end
times events that will take place after the rapture. It
shows how God will fulfill the promise he made so long
ago to reverse the devastating effects of sin and
restore planet Earth to its origial condition.
I wrote the book in simple straight
forward language so even people who are not believers
could see the importance of changing their lives and
becoming born again.
I included hundreds of Bible references within
the text so new believers could use the book as a study
guide to help them understand what our faith is all
a few hours of diligent study with nothing but this book
in one hand and and a Bible in the other, a new believer
can come away with a greater understanding of our faith
than most seasoned veterans have.
These references will also help long time
believers search the Scriptures to prove whether what
I've written is true in accordance with
Acts 17:11, and rekindle the flame of faith they had at
As I did with my last book, I've
included an appendix with eight of our most popular
studies on prophecy, eternal security, and faith.
These will facilitate continued growth and
All that said, I think The Redeemer
will accomplish its stated goals in the life of anyone
who reads it with a sincere desire to learn. I also
think it will make an ideal gift for a person who has
expressed interest in our faith, whether as a prelude to
a personal discussion or to supplement one you've
Of course, you'd expect me to say
something like that.
After all, I wrote the book. The best way to see
if I'm right is to get a copy and read it for yourself.