Monday, August 24, 2015

#REVIEW: The Cost of Our Silence by David Fiorazo

Title: The Cost of Our Silence
Series: none
Author:  David Fiorazo
Published Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Aneko Press
Format: paperback
Pages: 312
ISBN: 97816224527212
Genre: Christian thought
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Rating: 2 ½ stars

Synopsis: There are consequences when God’s people take the path of least resistance and back out of culture. One only needs to look at our society to see we are living with those consequences today. 

• Why do you think so many Christians pursue comfort over commitment to Christ? 
• Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by the darkness and moral decline in society today and wonder what happened to the salt and light? 
• How have we reached a point where Christians who do preach the gospel and speak up about sin are called hateful, intolerant, or judgmental? 

Christian in name only, America has become an epicenter for the culture war as too many of us keep ducking the issue of sin. Due to decades of Christians being silent, failing to preach the gospel and speak the truth in love, we’ve reached a tipping point in which political correctness refuses to coexist with religious freedom. Why do you think Christians who defend God’s Word are often called hateful, intolerant, or judgmental? There are consequences in this life and for eternity, when Christians take the path of least resistance. We cannot reverse the moral decline, but we can choose to stand for righteousness as we pray for revival and be the salt and light Jesus called us to be while we’re still here. 

Hide the light of Christ and retreat, or let it shine and expose the darkness; live an inconsequential life, or bear fruit that will last. If most Christians remain silent, fewer people will be saved, society will collapse, and we will continue to be part of the problem. Dietrich Bonhoeffer said it best: 
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless...” 

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I knew there was a problem reading this book on the first page of the introduction, when the author writes, “Tolerance, grace and a “judge ye not” attitude are the norm in many churches, while repentance and holiness have practically become four letter words.” At that point, I knew I was going to be reading a book where the author and I were at massively differing theological thought processes. Despite this, and my natural need to shudder at nearly every word I read in this book, I will review it as impartially as I can. The author has put forth his thoughts on the state of America today with the very strong secularism, comparing that to Hitler and Nazism in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s. As the book progresses, the chapters range from “Separation of Christianity and State” to “The Cult of Liberalism”, “The Rebellion against God Ordained Marriage”, “Witchcraft is Out of the (Broom) Closet”, and even, yes “Common Core and Eroding Education”, following it all up with “Storming the Gates of Hell” and a chapter named “Then The End Will Come”.  The author certainly takes his views on each of these subjects and presents very well-worded arguments as to why he is right. His arguments are easy to take at face value, and if you don’t research further, completely believable. He is certainly free to present his views on how America is backsliding into a moral sludge pot of sin and deception. I just don’t agree with his views. It doesn’t make it a bad book, but as a person who tends to try to find all facets of a situation before passing judgment, this is definitely a book I won’t be asking my friends to go out and buy.

About the Author, from author's websiteDavid Fiorazo is an author, writer, content contributor, public speaker, and radio personality who loves God and country. He has been involved in the broadcasting and entertainment industries for over thirty years and in Christian ministry for over twenty five years. David loves the Word of God, and strives to defend and proclaim the truth of Jesus Christ without apology or compromise.

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