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Exposing the Spirit of Balaam in the Church
June 23, 2012
â€˜Cursing the Church or helping It' offers an insightful look into the Spirit of Balaam. The author's theme through the entire book is to counter the spirit of offense and bring the Body of Christ, the Church to a place of unity. Gossip, slander and pretention are the most common tools used to curse our brothers and sisters in Christ which ought not to be.
Balaam's story as presented by the author is a lesson for us that, in the author's words, "just because a person can flow in the gifts of the Holy Spirit doesn't mean they have character" which means that it is by fruit (godly character) that we can see the genuineness of living a Christian life. The author exhorts us to be real and honest with each other. To live a lifestyle where we notice and care for the needs of those around us, to show true godly agape love.
The church has been living in a slumber and has lost compassion and empathy for our fellow man. The author believes that a season is coming where we the church, will have to rely on each other and realize that the government cannot save us. Jesus Christ is our Savior. We are exhorted to mature into the things of the Lord and become part of the solution.
A complimentary copy of this ebook was provided to me as a courtesy from the publisher but the opinions are solely my own.
What is the Spirit of Balaam? This is the question that gets answered in "Cursing the Church of Helping it?" by Anna Aquino.
What makes this an interesting book is the way it is written. She puts her life stories throughout. You understand that she has lived it, and if she can get through it, you can, too. Through this light way of writing, you learn, too.
She gets across to not put others down so as to puff yourself up. This is what causes divisions. Through this others will and do leave the church...and some never return to a church again.
What is needed, as she says, is unity in the Church...not just the local church, but the Church of God. We are His representatives, and we much act like it. The Body of Christ need not be divided.
This review is based on the ebooks received from the publisher.
Anna M. Aquino calls the church and individual Christians to unite in a spirit of love and compassion in her book "Cursing the Church of Helping It?" a wakeup call to the dangers of pursuing the spirit of Balaam. Her writing is candid, articulate, and convincing.
My eyes were opened to the realization of the important lessons drawn from Balaam's errors. His name is mentioned specifically in seven books of the Bible:
Â· Numbers 22 - 24
Â· Deuteronomy 23:4-5
Â· Joshua 13:22
Â· Nehemiah 13:2
Â· 2 Peter 2:15
Â· Jude 11
Â· Revelation 2:24
There are dozens of other reference alluding to the nature of Balaam's sins clearly indicating God's displeasure. I was impressed with the Aquino's broad scope of well documented research. These resources are an import tool for future study.
Anna shares stories from her experience to illustrate truths from the scriptures, sometime in heartbreaking stories, and at other times relates humorous incidents to bring home a lesson. The reader is challenged to self-examination and motivation to take action by intentionally extending compassion to others in an effort to unify the church and bring honor to the name of Christ.
"Cursing the Church of Helping It?" is an excellent Biblical study exposing the spirit of Balaam.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.