My rating: 5 of 5 stars
David A. Rich introduces us to some truths that are not really new but may be new to you if you have not cracked open the bible yourself. Some of these truths were hard to believe but he patiently gives scriptures to back up his beliefs and many of them I believed already.
In his book, “7 Biblical Truths You Won’t Hear”, David recalls a dinner he had with a friend one day and she mentions some biblical truths that challenged him and caused him to plow through the Word himself. Below are the seven truths he mentions and a little bit about them all:
God Does Not Grade on a Curve: God does not see little sins or big sins. He see it all as a a slap in the face. (Key Scriptures: Colossians 2:8, James 2:10, Matthew 5:20, Luke 10:38)
Dead People Can’t Help Themselves: Who said God helps those who help themselves? That is not a biblical statement. A person who is spiritually dead can not help themselves. It takes God and and God alone to save them. This is where Rich gets into the elect and predestination- this can cause lots of debates and has. (Key Scriptures: John 3:16, Genesis 2:17, Isaiah 59:2)
The Ten Commandments Were Not Given to be Kept: Sounds as if he is going against the bible, but really Rich makes a great point about how the Decalogue points us to Christ more than anything.(Key Scriptures: Romans 4:15, Psalms 130:3, Hebrews 12:5)
What You See in the Mirror is not the Real You: Once you are Saved by Christ, the “old man” is evicted and the “new man” moves in. Your soul is good now, set apart. Despite the fact that you still see your flesh. But we are not to rely on our flesh or trust in it.(Key Scriptures: Ephesians 4:22, Colossians 3:9-10, Matthew 6:22, Galatians 2:20, 2Cor. 12:9)
Trying to Live for Christ is Frustrating: Need I say more? It is true. Rich says we are so busy trying to “work for the Lord” and pay the Lord back that we forget to trust him. We are to rely on Christ and trust him fully. We are to believe we are saved and have a new DNA that causes us to do good- not do good to get to heaven, we are already citizens there.(Key Scriptures: Romans 4:2-4, Luke 14:7-14, 1Thess. 5:23-24)
Prayer Doesn’t Change God’s Mind: This one stumped me because Rich says Prayer is not sovereign over God. Prayer does not change God’s mind over a matter. If change does come, it its because God knew it and it was in his will. So what good is prayer? Prayer is very good and is for communicating with God. Just say, “Lord if it is in you will…” or try the Lord’s Prayer Matthew 6:9(Key Scriptures: James 4:15, Romans 8:26, Luke 11:9, Matthew 6:31-32)
God Keeps Satan on a Leash: I believe there is spiritual warfare all around us. So as I read Rich’s words that God keeps Satan on a leash,I thought of how the enemy roams “like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour”- however, God does give the enemy limitations and perhaps this is where Rich was coming from. We have to remember that God and the Devil are not two opposing forces or two gods dueling. God created Satan and therefore there is no match.(Key Scriptures: 2Cor. 4:4, Job 2:6, Genesis 1:1, John 16:33, Col. 3:2, Isaiah 40:31)
I gave this book five stars because it caused me to further my studies in the word and it was very clearly written.