Chris Surber brings his passion for Christ again to his third book, Gomorrah Was Religious Too, as he writes "for all those who desire to follow after Christ sincerely, no pretense, no dishonesty, no self deception, and no duplicity. I wrote this book for me."
The impetus for this book came as he was reading some of the works of Dr. Leonard Ravenhill, evangelist and author of many books, including Sodom Had No Bible. "His words, etched in paper with quill and ink, speak to me on a deep level because I am, as I suspect he was, weary of religion and deeply desirous of the revelation of God to spark revival in the Church. After less than a decade in the Pastoral ministry, I have experienced, witnessed, or seen firsthand the spiritual, emotional, familial, social, and even financial havoc that religion is wreaking on the revolution that Jesus inaugurated in His own blood."
The goal of the author is not to rebuke, but encourage the Church to rebuild. He wants not to condemn for religious idolatry, but encourage to escape from the trap of religion and pick up the Cross.
"The writing of Ravenhill has greatly fueled my imagination concerning what the Church can be if she will open her Bible in honesty, pray with penitent sincerity, strap on her sandals, pick up her walking stick, and follow after Jesus, rather than to sit comfortably in her pews, happily trading in the revelation of Jesus for the religion of man."
The religious church has become "a stockroom for the crumbs which fall from the world's table, rather than a storehouse for the bread of life." Commitment, religion's highest virtue, is only a substitute for true Christian love. But the Christian who ignores the imperatives of God's law, in the name of love, is a "love-only legalist" in his own right. These are only a few of the pithy insights Chris Surber offers in . Be prepared to find some of your cherished opinions challenged by this author, whose passion for renewal in the church erupts on every page.
Richard C. Leonard
Laudemont Ministries - Laudemont Press
Biblical Theology, Worship Studies and Christian Fiction
This book is a wonderful tribute to Leonard Ravenhill, carrying the same burden for revival that much of his work focused on. Its cadence and literary beauty captivates the heart while its substance captivates the mind. This book may be the catalyst for revival that the Church so desperately needs. I pray that all who read it would catch the spark that drives the author; and that Christ would fan those sparks into a great flame of revival in His Church.
Lawrence E. Bray Th.D
President, The North American Reformed Seminary
Chris Surber is a prophetic voice issuing an urgent and passionate wake-up call to the Church. Like the late Leonard Ravenhill, Surber's clear message drives a stake into the heart of religion masquerading as true faith, drawing adherents but never satisfying God's heart--or man's need--for the life-giving walk of a true disciple. Insightful, penetrating, and prayer provoking.
Dr. Harvey R. Brown, Jr
President, Impact Ministries
If you are looking for avenues for appeasement or accommodation between contemporary Christian "religionists" and what is revealed in the Scriptures, then Gomorrah was Religious Too most certainly will disappoint. If, however, you are seeking the clear teachings and practices of what God desires from those who claim to be followers of His Son, you will be confronted, challenged and, through God's grace, comforted through Chris Surber's powerful prose: "Practitioners of powerless religion are like men drinking from empty cups...."
Karl Fivek, Ed.D.
If Christians are the salt and light of the world, then why is the world still such a tasteless and dark place? Perhaps it is because the church, the body of Christ, has obsessed itself with "religious rules and practices," while the world needs the "reckless love" demonstrated on the cross. Chris Surber's indictment of modern Christian religion compels those who have received God's abundant grace to smash the idol of religion and replace it with the transformative grace of Jesus, rooted in an abject acknowledgement of our own sinfulness and God's call for repentance. Without that foundation, churches have become impotent tools, and Satan's work is half done.
Editor, Suffolk News-Herald
Suffolk Living Magazine