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all from reading this book. Thatís my goal.
In a nutshell, who is the book for?
This book is for people who are in church, people who have quit church,
and people who have never gone to church.
That covers just about everybody.
Yep. It sure does. n
resort to name-calling. Anyway, what I basically do in this chapter is, I
say, "Okay, letís have a little contest here." You know, like
Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel. I say, "Letís apply
these nineteen points, developed and written by the Christian religion,
to both myself and to the Christian religion. Letís see who the real
cult leader is."
What a great idea.
Itís so objective. I mean, Iím taking the Christian
religionís own definition of what constitutes a cult, and turning it on
itself. People are so biased in their minds about Christianity. They think
that because this religion has Christís name attached to it, it must be
the only religion thatís above reproach. Well, let the readers decide
for themselves. The Christian religion sets itself up as the expert
on cults. Itís like the Pharisees telling the people, "Weíll tell
you when the Messiah arrives." Uh, excuse us fellas, but we can look
for ourselves, thank you very much.
Dare I ask the results of the contest?
The beautiful thing about it is, I let the facts of this chapter speak for
themselves. I donít need to whine or cajole or anything. I just lay out
the facts, step aside and let the readers see it for themselves. You laugh
and you cry. There are some very funny parts in this chapter. Funny,
because itís so obvious that Larson canít see the trouble with his own
religion. Sad, because it slowly dawns on you how many people are trapped
in this religion and donít even realize it. This chapter is very damaging
to the system. But I think that, because of this chapter, many people will
finally see the truth and get set free. Those who have already seen truth,
or have suspected what was true, will say, "Yes! This is what Iíve
been thinking all along!" It will confirm things for them. I
that millions of people are going to get
free of religious bondage, free of guilt, free of false ideas about God,
Martin Zender is
an accomplished essayist whose writings have appeared, to critical
acclaim, in The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Chicago Tribune, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
and other newspapers. He is
also a popular conference speaker. In 1999, Zender hosted the
controversial talk-radio program, Grace Cafť,
on station WCCD in
Cleveland, Ohio. His freelance newsletter, This Here Thing, is
read in six countries.
With a child-like approach to truth, inescapable
logic and a quirky sense of humor, Zender cuts to the heart of subjects
as controversial as death, sin, evil, hell, sex, free will and the
devil. He is neither pastor, professor nor reverend, having simply
studied scripture at his kitchen table for twenty-two years.
Zender and his wife of nineteen years, Melody, have
three sons. Five cats allow them to live on a four-acre farm in Indiana.