Book Review: Victorious Christian Living, by Alan Redpath

I read this book on a recommendation from a pastor friend, and found the majority of it unremarkable. However, I did enjoy chapters 8-11 (the middle portion of the book). While most books have the weakest portions at the middle, this book had its strongest portions there. Here is a selection I enjoyed:

Fellow Christian, if you have made your mistake, lost your battle, and find yourself in difficulty, you cannot make that an excuse for breaking your word. The Christian is a man (or should be) of principle and integrity. Of course, mark you, there are some covenants better broken than kept. For example, Herod’s oath to give anything she asked to the daughter of Herodias, who had inflamed him as she danced before him, was no justification for murder. For heaven’s sake break today a covenant made in open, blatant sin. But some Christian may have entered into a wrong alliance in business or in marriage, and find himself tied to a Gibeonite for the rest of his life. What about that? The Word is the answer, not me. “If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. . . . How knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?” (I Cor. 7: 12, 16). Of course, young people, that cannot be taken as a reason for entering into marriage with an unbeliever, for if you do that, you are breaking the Word of God, which tells you not to be yoked with unbelievers. If, however, you stepped into such a marriage inadvertently and found yourself linked in partnership with a man or woman who professed to be a Christian in order to win you, but since has made your life a hell on earth, the Word of God teaches very plainly that you cannot break that alliance. But the Word also tells you that if you come in humbleness of heart and acknowledge before God that you have sinned, He will cause the Gibeonite to whom you are married to be the chief means of bringing you to Him in prayer. The flame on the altar of your love for Jesus will burn the more brightly, and through your life many will be saved. It happened to John Wesley. It has happened to many a man and many a woman since. What they thought was a curse, the mistake from which they thought they could never be free, which seemed to have ruined their testimony for right, was used by God to strengthen their prayer life and deepen their devotion. God turned the curse into a blessing!

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