Thursday, February 16, 2017

Book Review: The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb by Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel

James 1:27 says, "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world." Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel believe that the church has been polluted by the world. If you think about, they are, in some ways, correct. We have churches that have adopted worldly tactics to draw people to their congregations and make no apology for it. Some pastors think that using the Bible to defend the Bible is a waste of time.

The church has also taken in some of the world's ideals. Some clergy will bless practices that are not in line with scripture. We use worldly philosophies outside the Bible to comfort our people instead of God's wisdom.

What should the church do? Can we recover from this? Goggin and Strobel have written a book as guide for how the church should leave the influence of the world and plug into the power of Christ. The book is titled, The Way of the Dragon or The Way of the Lamb. Basically, this book is a call for the church to return to reflect Christ and not embrace cultural ideals. We need to rediscover that God's grace is sufficient and His power is perfect in weakness. Once we have tapped into that power, we begin to look different from the world. The church is called to be "a peculiar people" (1 Peter 2:9, KJV) and not one that loves the world (James 4:4; 1 John 2:15).

Goggin and Strobel has written many things for their readers to ponder on. There is nothing heretical in what they have written and there are things I agree with. However, as I kept reading the book, I felt it was more story based than scripturally based. It seems each chapter was story after story as if they were trying to fill up the page to make the book more readable. Don't get me wrong, there are times when books have to be written in a way where the reader can understand where the author is coming from. Yet, I felt Goggin and Strobel kept losing me with all of the ongoing stories.

Thanks BookLook Bloggers for letting me review this book.

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