I have not finished reading this book. However I agree with the author that the Body of Christ needs to examine their relationship with the Lord. Are we putting God first above all else in this world? Do we honor and reverence Him and worship Him ? Do we know what is on his heart? Have we sought the mind of Christ?
Our weekly adult Bible Study group is using this series. We show the DVD and then our pastor leads us in a discussion.
It has been a blessing to the group with tremendous insights from scripture. We need to hear this message series as many have lost sight of the fear (awesome/majesty/reverence) of the Lord. John Bevere teaches the basic principles of God's
character and brings back balance of the fear of the Lord and the love of the Lord. It is proving to have a great impact on those attending the study.
I felt led by the Holy Spirit to buy and read this book, and it is one of the most truthful and needed books in our world today. I love and repect John Bevere as an amazing, honest, truthful, loving minister, author,and man of god. I am greatful that he is led by the Holy Spirit and not moved by greed, popularity, or any other pressures on leaders in our society today.
Scripture is very clear regarding the fear of the Lord. John Bevere, however, has muddied it up by taking a topic and twisting it to fit a particular agenda. His blatant misuse of scripture is appalling. While he pats himself on the back claiming encouragement and confirmation directly from God, he uses scripture in a very loose way and with extremely poor exegetical application. Quite often he uses scriptures that refer to unbelievers and applies them directly to believers, which makes it seem that his point is sound but is actually teaching of the worst kind. He will also search out different translations in order to conjure up a point he wants to make, changing the meanings of words to fit into his concept. The worst offense: the session about Ananias and Sapphira was blatant over-the-top conjecture, minimized the atonement, and absolutely broke the boundaries of covenant.
My review would not have any stars, but I was not permitted to eliminate the star from this review. Pass on this errant filled, pseudo-spiritual, self-promoting drivel. For those who have seen it and liked it, I would recommend some time spent on good biblical word study using well affirmed and good quality commentaries as opposed to this hyper-spiritual mess.
Bottom-line: John Bevere misuses scripture to make his main point: that the church has to get it's act together and display a proper fear of the Lord so that God can move mightily in our age (the whole highly disputed "latter rain" doctrine). Hogwash. If God is depending on human beings to do anything before He moves we are all in a great deal of trouble!