So last night I finished reading Ted Dekker‘s latest, Sinner. It really is amazing, and you should go out and buy it as soon as it hits the shelves of bookstores everywhere on Tuesday [yeah, it comes out September 2nd, 2008].

“Then they will hand you over to suffer affliction and tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended and repelled and will begin to distrust and desert [Him Whom they ought to trust and obey] and will stumble and fall away and betray one another and pursue one another with hatred. And many false prophets will rise up and deceive and lead many into error. And the love of the great body of people will grow cold because of the multiplied lawlessness and iniquity, but he who endures to the end will be saved. And this good news of the kingdom (the Gospel) will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then will come the end.” — Matthew 24:9-14, Amplified Bible

That’s really what this book comes down to. Yes, he wrote Showdown a couple years back. But it all has led to this ultimate showdown between good and evil. This book may not have what you’d consider a conclusive ending, but it is true to the Word.

It is all about the direction our world is heading and the battle truth and love have against hate and tolerance. Jesus didn’t preach tolerance. He preached love. It will cost some their lives. Others will turn from the faith they once claimed. And what good is it to gain all the world if you lose your soul? What good is anything if you aren’t following Jesus? [Matthew 16:26]

I am not going to go into a bunch of details about the book, as it is better just read. The Books of History all led up to this. And yet, if you’ve not read all the books previous to Sinner, don’t think you can’t go ahead and read it. As Dekker himself says, there is no special order for you to read these books.

When you read Sinner, though, be prepared. It gets political, it dives deep into places where I think many fear to go. It really examines the consequences of America’s [and really, the world’s] actions.

Be prepared for God to work in you.

Be prepared to change if the need is there.

And be prepared to stand for truth and light and love in the world filled with darkness.

Because it is truth and love or hate and tolerance. They cannot go hand in hand. Ever.

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