The author makes some good points about Christianity and salvation in his book The Ultimate Deception. I agree with the idea that people tend to become disillusioned when they realize that being a Christian doesn’t equal a problem free existence or mean things will always go well, and I can understand why that happens.
I think the author is sincere in his desire for people to understand God loves them. He states he believes Jesus is the way to eternal life, and I am in agreement with him there. However, there are flaws in his approach. First of all, the author seems to think church attendance equals salvation or makes you a Christian. It does not say anywhere in the Bible that church attendance is what saves us. I think church is important. You need to connect with other believers, but it is not what saves you. Salvation is a free gift from God. Jesus died in our place to fulfill the law of sin and death, and we are no longer under the curse of the law. Salvation isn’t something that has to be earned or that we can earn. If that was the case, there would have been no reason for Jesus to die and rise again.
Secondly, the author seems to think making mistakes equals condemnation. While I agree that obedience is important, it should be God’s love that motivates us to be obedient, not fear and condemnation. There is no condemnation for those in Christ; death is defeated by Jesus’ work at the Cross. We have to learn to follow God’s path, and that is a process. He doesn’t take away His gift because we mess up and have things we need to allow Him to change. Being a Christian doesn’t equal perfection or mean we won’t make mistakes. Christians are still imperfect humans.
Finally, the author appears to take it upon himself to decide whether someone’s salvation or conversion experience is real or not. He has no business doing this, particularly with people he doesn’t know personally. That is between the individual and God. I sort of wonder where he got his statistics about church attendance and backsliding. Yes, obedience is important, and there are consequences for disobedience, but the purpose is to get us back on the right path, not condemnation.
I don’t know the author and haven’t discussed his views with him, which is why I use the terms “seems to” and “appears to”. It is possible that part of the problem is poor editing or poor organization of the material. There is nothing wrong with sharing your beliefs with others. However, what happens after that is up to the person. I don’t think a militant approach accomplishes anything or motivates people in a positive way. You can’t force others to believe the way you do, and that applies to anyone. It’s also probably wiser to talk about your beliefs with people you know and have established a relationship with rather than approaching strangers.
I did like The Ultimate Deception in spite of the issues I mentioned, but it’s not something I will go out of my way to read again.