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1.0 out of 5 starsTrain Wreck
Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2018
Like looking at a train wreck, I had to read it all. No wonder unbelievers think Christians are hypocrites! How is this a romance? Boy sexually molested by a woman twice his age, by the time he finds "the love of his life", he's had more lovers than he can count, all while evangelizing & being touched with "a gift from God." Super hypocrite, calling others to repent, but continuing to disobey God himself! The book said "he loved women," but objectifying & lusting after them is NOT love. How can he be filled with the Holy Spirit & have so little regard for a woman's soul? He ruined many lives & in the end, is seen as conquering his lust, as he walks away from the woman he destroyed. Sick. This book takes truth & twists it. Is this how penticostals really act? Acting crazy for God while refusing to obey him? The main character says he won't divorce his wife because he has to follow God, but that never stopped him from bedding women -- even when he was married! Plus the outlandish claims that God gave him specific words about someone. Why would God choose to tell him what sins someone else needs to repent of without convicting him of own? If I wasn't a believer & know so many who live what they believe (God as Lord of their lives), this book would not make me want to know God or anyone claiming to know Him. Yes, believers still sin & God forgives, but He also provides a way of escape. The fruit of the Spirit includes self-control.
1.0 out of 5 starsIf this is Christian literature, we disgrace the righteousness of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ
Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2019
This book is testimony of the lies, hypocrisy and ignorance that too many call Christianity. It's insulting to the Holy Spirit, and it promotes the erroneous notion that regret is repentance. The former keeps you stagnated, but the latter leads to genuine change and spiritual development.
Except for Buddy's father and Emma Lee and her husband all the characters are bad examples and there's no life lesson to be learnt.
There is also the erroneous notion that gifts and the Spirit are the same. Anointing can stay after the Spirit has gone, ask King Saul, and those that Jesus will tell depart after they tell Him they healed the sick in his name. Gifts are freely given but Christian character and obedience is what the Father recognises.
I am disappointed in the author and anyone who gave this book high ratings. What type of holy God is this book pointing to? Yes, God loves all and forgives readily. But where did Buddy actually repent? He confesses God's forgiveness but demonstrates no true repentance. Yet sits as judge against another preacher who is the same thief as he. Really? If all blame is for the devil why is Jesus declared Judge over mankind. There is no sympathy for Sandra or Buddy. But an insane man, the victim of the author's bad judgment. Sandra's mother and grandmother never tells her fornication is a sin and the author does not demonstrate correction of Buddy's wrong interpretation of scripture. Just going through the teachings of Christ in the gospels provides a ready answer.
My heart has been breaking for a long time for what passes as Christian fiction. The text is horrible and dreadfully misleading and gives fodder for the ungodly, the rockers and those who justify themselves in their sin. It is sad beyond belief. This book will cause more harm than good. Indeed none of the doctrinal errors in the book were answered or clarified at the end.
1.0 out of 5 starsNot a positive Christian novel. More like the old Elmer Gantry movie!
Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2018
Having recently read one other book by this author, I settled back to enjoy another just as much, but alas, I was wrong. This was not a positive Christian novel. It was more like the old Elmer Gantry movie. We, as believers have enough weaknesses and failures, but to read this was like reading a mockery of Christianity--and especially Pentecostalism, of which I am thankful to be a member. Very disappointing book.
5.0 out of 5 starsMy favorite book in the series, so far
Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2019
Chief of Sinners covered so many deep topics. I Loved how the fact that God will forgive all sins if one will ask and repent, was one of the major topics in the story. Also the fact that your sins will always find you out and even though one is forgiven, there are still consequences that sometimes have to be faced, but God will give you the strength to face them. This was such a great book and liked catching up with the next generation of characters.
2 1/2 Stars. To tell the truth, I don't know how many stats to give this book! At times I just wanted to stop reading it and go to something else.......then there were other times I could not put it down. It was different I can that for sure. And, I don't think I want to read another book by this author
This book is packed full of immorality, lies, and deceit. I was disappointed to read how people claim to be Christians and yet live a life of sin. How can you preach that people need to repent of their sins when you are living in sin? Double standards. When you become a Christian, you quit sinning.