Prize of the Up-Calling
We live in the sickest generation of Christians the world has ever known. I mean America! We have been petted and pampered and spoiled rotten ripe. How much MORE does Revelation 3:15, 16 mean than it ever has before! More carnal Christians to the square inch in every fundamental church in America--bar none--than in any other century of Christianity since the early Christians.
There is a remedy and God's Word provides it and Evangelist Kenneth Dodson's book, "The Prize of the Up-calling," reveals it--according to the scriptures. But how many sickly, sentimental, compromising Christians will heed its message? The answer? We believe that there is a growing number among born again believers who are becoming sick--of THEMSELVES! And this is always a good sign. When our prayer becomes two-fold and from the heart -- "Lord, show me myself; Lord, show me Thyself!" Then God will begin to work. We cry with the Psalmist in Psalm 119:126: "It is time for Thee, Lord, to work, for they have made void Thy law."
"Paul's Spiritual Secrets" should be a "must" for every Christian who feels his heart a block of ice and his soul a black curtain of night. As the Blessed Holy Spirit of God speaks to the reader through this book, the ice will melt, the love of God will flow and light will radiate to others who desperately need help and feel that "no man cares for my soul."
The end of this age is upon us and the Sovereign God is looking for men -- not boys. Men who will "watch, and stand fast in the faith, and quit themselves like men and be strong;" men like the children of Issacher "which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do . . ." (1 Chron. 12:32), men of whom it will be said after they are gone, as Markham said of Lincoln, in his epic poem, "And when he fell in conflict, he went down as when a lordly cedar, green with boughs, goes down with a great shout upon the hills, and leaves a lonesome place against the sky."
There are so many things that are just downright good this book. True, they will not seem good to that vast multitude of "run of the mill" Christians, but to those who long for power, who want to be recklessly abandoned to the will of God no matter what comes, these truths will come like "cold water to a thirsty soul." One of those things -- the splendid, most appropriate quotations heading each chapter, from the greats of yesterday -- Spurgeon, Maclaren, etc. All of them are most fitting and add much to the whole. Another? Evangelist Dodson speaks of a loving God chastening his children. He deals with this in a very practical way.
The emphasis laid upon a holy, consistent Christian life is one author is one seldom heard from Bible conference or pulpit these days. The author is plain-spoken concerning fundamentalists who seek to "get away with" as much sin as they can and yet finally reach heaven. It was true in Laodicea 2,000 years ago; it is so true now. So much so that God still says, "So then, because thou art lukewarm and neither cold or hot, I will spew [vomit] thee out of my mouth."
Tears at the Judgment Seat of Christ? There will be. Plenty of them, we are convinced. You are right, we do read, "And God shall wipe away all tears, but it doesn't say when. So many imagine the judgment of Christians as a song and dance affair; perhaps a little slap on the wrist or a passing over of everything done in the flesh. A well-known conference speaker, now with the Lord, made the statement, "I am longing and looking for His coming, but I feel it will be so solemn an occasion I am almost frightened when I think of it."
The "sin unto death," in Chapter 5, has been handled clearly, forcefully and above all, scripturally. Brother Dodson deals with Hebrews 6 and 10 in a different way, which give you pause and much food for thought. We keep wondering how many Christians God suddenly takes home through illness or accident. Why? They have done more damage with their carnal lives than God Himself can stand -- "Saved, so as by fire." What a day of reckoning that will be for all of us.
One time a Bible teacher used a play on words and recommended Cruden's Concordance for "crude" Christians; Young's for "young" Christians and Strong's for "strong" Christians. We make bold to say that if you are a "crude" or "young" Christian when you read this book, you will become a "strong" Christian -- if you will finish it and believe it.
This is strong medicine, but how much better than the weak palliatives, the fake nostrums being peddled across America today in the Bible conference circuits and from the "great" pulpiteers of a nation sick unto death and ready for the Communist undertaker. Read it -- and weep! Then fall on your knees and ask God to take your messed up, muddled up, mixed up Christian life and truly conform it to the image of His Son.