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Thinking he had finished browsing through the large Christian bookstore, the elderly gentleman was about to walk out the door. This man has been a pastor for over 50 years in the evangelical and Protestant tradition and has conducted evangelistic missions around the world and at home in Australia all these decades. He has himself authored a number of best-selling Christian books. Little did he know this day was going to be one of those life-defining days that now and again "happen" in everybody's lives.
As he was leaving the store his eyes suddenly glanced upon what was later discovered was the very last copy of They Never Told Me This In Church! (This large Christian book chain was about to ban my book, but more on this soon.) Anyway, the Spirit of God spoke directly to his heart that he must buy the book. He obeyed the leading of the Spirit. The rest is history as they say. The pastor's whole Biblical paradigm radically shifted as he read the truths contained in these pages. He has been liberated to see the simple, unifying truth that the God of the Bible is One and not an unexplainable mysterious Three-in-One, and that Jesus is His uniquely begotten Son. He now shakes his head, like all of us who once were the victims of unexamined tradition, and wonders how for so long he had it wrong. He now rejoices in the "new eyes" God our Father has been pleased to grant all who will come to His Scripture with a teachable spirit, an honest mind, the real prayer that He lead us to Himself and away from deception, and the commitment to obey Him no matter what the cost.
It was the Lord Jesus Himself who said, "But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness" (Matt. 6:23) --- which is to say, If your paradigm is wrong, your understanding will be dark. Your head will be befuddled, and your heart heavy. World-view determines our personal joy and fulfilment. And what is true of the individual is equally true of the body which we know as Christianity... [From the Introduction to Revised and Updated Second Edition.]