Christian writers have woven stories of deep devotion and reverence to God through the ages. Writing oracles, odes, and inscribing scriptural exhortations is woven into the fabric of Christian history. We have all heard of how Martin Luther nailed his theological theses (declarations) to the castle door in Wittenberg, Germany. And John Bunyan later authored the Pilgrim’s Progress while John Foxe left us with Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. It’s interesting to see what legacy the half committed Seeker Sensitive writers of today want to leave for the next generation. This interesting excerpt was adapted from an article by Candace Malcolmson titled ‘Christian Romance Novels.’
Dear Sisters, Friends, Mothers and Daughters,
It is with an extreme sense of urgency that I write to you today to warn you most sincerely of one of Satan’s most subtle ploys to draw us away from Christ: His standard, His Salvation and His life. I wish to remind you that the “. . . the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made”(Gen 3:1) and that serpent, the Devil, has never changed; he is still subtle.
It does not take much to distract these fragile, feeble human minds away from that which we are exhorted to think upon: “ whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Phil 4:8) We know that the enemy has already succeeded in planting a multitude of things upon which Believers might stumble, but I wish to address just one with you today: that of Christian Romance Novels
I have just completed a novel by Francine Rivers called Her Mother’s Hope and it was the reading of this book that has spurned this letter of warning. In brief: the novel follows the life of a girl called Marta, who is raised in a Lutheran home in Switzerland but who goes on to explore and experience the wider world. The reader follows Marta’s adventures from a painful childhood to ambitious adulthood as she seeks to fulfill her dreams. The story of her own marriage and family and then that of her daughter’s and granddaughter’s follow thereafter. It was the Author’s intention to make Mother-daughter relationships the subject. Sounds nice . . . so, what is it then that is worthy of a warning?
In the very least, this Novel sets out to paint a picture of Christian lives; not just the lives of the women but of the husbands and fathers too, yet they do not bare much resemblance to Biblical Christianity. They do however represent those we find today filling pews all over the world — those who think they are saved. Countless millions have been ‘brought in to the Kingdom’ by a little prayer and go on to practice a religious routine. Generally, folks can live sinfully with no visible, actual evidence of the life- changing experience of meeting the Man of Calvary. It seems that the characters in this novel assume or inherit Christianity as opposed to having a personal meeting with Christ.
It is not the subject of this letter today to expound upon the necessity for REAL SALVATION, but suffice it to say that the least we ought to expect when the life of a true Christian is portrayed, is that there would be something of a testimony of a meeting with Christ; a dealing with sin and a transformation typical of a life which has met with Christ. Of this there is a gaping void in Her Mother’s Hope. The predominant evidence of Christianity presented in most of the lives portrayed is that they attend church on a Sunday and some pray. This is religion. [Continue Here]
We seem to have a form of pragmatic godliness (that seeks to appease the basest instincts closest to sensuality) but without the power there of to bring sinners to the foot of the cross. I agree with J.I Packer who once wrote in his book A Quest for Godliness that “All devices for exerting psychological pressure in order to precipitate ‘decisions’ must be eschewed, as being in truth presumptuous attempts to intrude into the province of the Holy Ghost. Such pressures may even be harmful for while they may produce the outward form of ‘decision,’ they cannot bring about regeneration and a change of heart, and when the ‘decisions’ wear off those who registered them will be found ‘gospel-hardened’ and antagonistic.”
It’s these gospel hardened and antagonistic heathen that we will try to tirelessly entertain with endless fables and Christian romance novels.