This book embodies the principles that I see lacking in denominational churches. Why are these churches declining? Erosion! Compromised truths. Pastor Swindoll has not only identified the problem, but given concrete solutions. This is a must read for any church and dare I say any denomination that is serious about spreading the Good News. Chronicles 7:14 comes to mind.
This book is a must for every believer. If anything, perhaps it will awaken so many complacent Christians that need revived. We need to be standing firm in these last days before the Lord's return and telling others about Him before it is too late.
Pastor Swindoll has written on a subject that gets us back to the heart of what church is all about. All I can say is it was difficult to read as I saw our church described in each chapter and saw how I as the pastor had allowed this erosion / drift to take place. I have purchased the book for all our deacons and am having them read so we can discuss and make necessary changes to correct our course.
I must admit my bias. Chuck Swindoll's joy has a contagious effect upon me. It has been that way for more than 30 years. I have read more than two dozen of his books, but this one is different! The master story-teller becomes much more urgent in this call for church revival. The reason is that these are critical times...never has the church in our nation been under such aggressive attack. To be honest, I expected Swindoll to be much more upbeat in his assessment of the contemporary church's health, but his appeal is for pastors and church leaders to wake up and face reality. Without sounding a defeatist note, Swindoll is clear and honest in calling the church to wake up, return to solid biblical truth, and stop trying to please by being "all things to all people." Thank you, Chuck. I, as a pastor, needed to hear this and you were not afraid to say it.