Radical By David Platt

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  1. evangelist6589

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    This is a new trend in the evangelical movement like the prayer of Jabez and the Purpose Driven Life before it. I am in the Fundamentalist movement and as expected we stay isolated and separated from the evangelical trends and fads. I bet a donut there are many Fundamentalist leaders that are not even aware this book exists. Can someone tell me about it and what you think about it? It got 300+ 5 star reviews on amazon, 18 1 star reviews, 26 2 star reviews, and 200+ 4 star reviews. Not sure how many 3 star reviews, but the overall response to this book has been positive. However this will not persuade me, as many evangelicals thought the purpsose Driven life was great, and many millions also thought Your Best Life know was greta as well. However Joel Osteen is not as popular of a writer as Rick Warren nor the Willow Creek people.


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    I don't think this book should be put in the same family as the texts you've referenced above. Having read the book, and knowing the author, I can honestly say it is beyond the limitations of those other books.

    It is an extremely good book that, if nothing else, gets us thinking (and talking) about how our commonly held materialism is contrary to the ways of Christ. I enjoyed the book. It's very good and very sound.

    Hope that is an encouragement to check it out. :)
     
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    Yes I agree it won't have the same seeker attraction as PD or the like. I did however feel he was over the top on the guilt trip he seems to lay on everyone not at his level of commitment. IMO/
     
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    Also one thing. Why has his book taken the church by storm while more accomplished writers like Jerry Bridges and others have not? Bridges has written about materialism in his books. There are TONS of other christian writers that have written about the same thing whom have not become popular. Some authors are informative but way too technical, rigid, detail oriented, and such so their books are only used in seminaries or their own churches. I was telling someone the other day ago, that being able to write a book and connect with the reader is a unique skill and not to be deceived by some authors whom have PHD's and multiple books. Often times they cant write worth beans.
     
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    This is a reasonable criticism. I've had it myself too.

    I read the text and encourage others to read it, but I don't completely adhere to Dr Platt's line of application. Of course growing up in the circles I did, being berated in college by speakers who claimed we shouldn't ever go out to eat but give the money to the poor, I realize there are valid points but I'm (thankfully) not bound by them all. :)
     
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    I put in bold the part of your post that I am responding to. I agree that he trys to lay a guilt trip on others who don't share his particular burden.

    I read the book a few months ago and returned it to its owner. As I recall, at one place he was trying to get everyone to go on mission trips. When others said they did not feel led to go, he said do it anyway because we are all commanded to preach to the world. Then he said if you have no burden to go on these mission trips, he has reason to question your salvation. He implys that if you don't have the same burden he has (or thinks you should have), he has reason to question your salvation.

    I no longer have the book, so I can't give you a direct quote. But that is the thing that I remember.
     
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    So the only way to do evangelism with Platt is on missions trips? What about doing street witnessing and open air preaching in my own city? Does that not count?
     
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    The books covers more than just mission tripsl I just said that at one point in the book that I remember, he was pushing mission trips.
     

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