Is it harder for you to change and grow as a Christian than it should be? Do you wonder what is holding you back? Have you ever considered that it might be idolatry?
Using real-life stories and examples, Brad Bigney's Gospel treason: Betraying the Gospel with Hidden Idols shows us how the idols we might not even recognize can still have devastating effects in our lives. In this transparent, honest book, he helps us to identify our idols, understand how they lead us to commit treason against the gospel--and finally repent of them and root them out forever by turning to the only One who can fill our every need.
When we find it hard to grow in Christ, it is time to search our hearts for idolatry. Brad Bigney shows us, using personal examples, how to recognize hidden idols and root them out forever.
Brad Bigney, senior pastor of Grace Fellowship Evangelical Free Church in Florence, Kentucky, is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Free Church of America. He is also a member and certified counselor of the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors and a member of the Association of Biblical Counselors.
Brad has thought a lot about the insidiousness of idolatry in todays culture. He has done a thorough job of showing us how modern day idols are both offensive to God and grace robbing to the believer. This book will cause you to consider your own heart in terms of what you really want and live for. It will also help you to minister to others who are suffering or caught in sin that hinders them from the freedom we have in the gospel.
I always look forward to hearing Brad Bigney speak. He has been gifted by God to speak in a way that connects with where Im living; he tears down what should be torn down, and builds up what should be built up. Brads writing in Gospel Treason is no different than what Ive appreciated in his speaking. In Gospel Treason Brad unmasks my idolatrous hearts and reveals Gods glorious gospel. He tears down what has been hindering me and he gives me what I really need. This book makes me want to haul the idols of my heart to the nearest landfill and it makes me want to live for Gods glory and honor, rejoicing in his wonderful love. Read it and let it do the same for you.
Brad Bigney has written a much needed book which explains and exposes heart idolatry and clearly offers the gospel as the only cure. Brad's outstanding examples, illustrations and stories make the concepts he is teaching clear and concrete, while also making the book fun to read. He clearly speaks to how idolatry affects us in every area of life -- family, work, church, etc. He does a good job of not leaving people at the point of putting off the idol but describes well what a life and attitude of putting on Christ looks like. His personal transparency in the book is also a strength.
Brad Bigney is a seasoned husband, father, pastor, counselor and friend. In Gospel Treason, Brad weds these important callings with sound theology in a way that can help all of us take an honest look at the inner-workings of our hearts. Let these important words guide you as you continue to mature in your relationship with Jesus.
To paraphrase a friend, it is always good when God arranges for my eyes to read the words that my heart needs to hear! Gospel Treason is just that kind of book. Brad Bigney has reminded us that the problems we all face are rarely superficial and that we must get to the heart issues. Brads account of dealing with the idols of his heart gives us and those we counsel hope and a biblical answer to dealing with life dominating problems. This book clearly tells us how to identify and deal with the things we choose to worship instead of God. It will be a useful addition to the books in my counseling toolbox.
My dear friend Brad has done a wonderful service for Gods people by writing the book, Gospel Treason. Today, many Christians are praying for a revival in the church since they see so many of Gods people with divided loyalties. Since this revival begins in the heart of each of Gods people, this book can be used in a supplemental way alongside of the Scripture to help bring this to pass. Brad is very transparent and writes in a way that is easy to understand and easy to apply. I have personally understood and experienced this change in my own life and have witnessed the life-changing effects in others' as they better understand their heart and the worship that goes on within it.. Brad calls me his Nathan at that particular time in his life but I will say Brad and Vicki had hearts wide open and were receptive to Gods Word and His Spirit. What a joy to see their lives transformed as they continue to walk in the Truth. May your heart continue to grow as well in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ as you witness the power of the Gospel transforming hearts and lives.
If you have ever felt like real change is impossible or been confused at times why you do what you do, this book is for you. From a rich background of personal struggle and pastoral ministry, Pastor Brad Bigney will help you understand what motivates your desires, thinking, emotions and behavior. Brad shares his own personal story of struggle, growing insight, and strenuous effort at change, as well as the stories of those he has helped in pastoral ministry. As you read, you will begin to understand your own struggle, the power of the Gospel to help you grow and change, and what (or Who) should be your true treasure, Jesus Christ. This book will prove to be beneficial to you as you seek real life change through Christ.
Reading Gospel Treason reminded me of eating a great piece of cherry pie. Baker- Pastor-Counselor Bigney has the right mix of confession of sin and failure, testimony of Gods working in his own life and marriage, teaching about idols of the heart, exhortation to face ones own idols, and practical suggestions on how to change. I will give the book to friends and use it as assigned reading in my counseling.
Our insatiable lust for anything and everything other than our Redeemer is treason! Bigney captures the essence of this gospel reality through biblical exposition and personal stories. Gospel Treason rightly confronts our ongoing heart struggles and offers hope through the gospel of Jesus Christ. You will be blessed by reading, reflecting and applying the truths found in this book written from the heart of a pastor.
Brad Bigney writes with insight, transparency, and candor on a topic that each of us needs to carefully think about
how we will respond to the Gospel. Bigney gleans great truth from the top theologians of the day and organizes it in a way that is easy to understand, clear, and applicable. This book would be a great help to anyone who wants to more deeply understand how to walk in integrity with God.
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