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Posted April 24, 2007
Examining My Own Resistance vs. Nee's Spiritual Authority
It is a strange thing that in reading a book that is meant to engender submission, one resists its message. Watchman Nee quotes scripture after scripture to establish what to him is an ultimate truth about God: 'that believers would best be called 'obeyers'. I shake at the thought of my own inability to obey, and I suspect such resistance to this book comes from two places. One is founded in that Nee makes many blanket statements using absolute language, which sets him up for contradiction. There are times to resist authority in opposition to God, but most of the time, under the biblical doctrine that all authority is set up by God. Clearly absolute language cannot be used within this envelope. The other factor, which I believe most comes in to play within resistance to this book, is our own personal rebellion against a Christianity, which radically challenges us to completely sell out to Christ. This is a tall order, and there is no doubt a call to us to do this, as from what I can gather, Watchman Nee was/is sold out to Christ. A problem with this book could be its translation and compilation, but of course I'm not sure, as I'm not familiar with the texts and speeches which were its source, and even if I were my Chinese language skills are a bit rusty 'specifically non-existent'. A few members of my study group said that according to the story/legend, this book was compiled by Nee disciples after his death from Journal entries, speeches he wrote and then in this edition, was translated by Stephen Kaung. This is something to think about while dealing with the absolute language or the apparent contradictions in logic. I'd like to add that the last 5 chapters were the best, in my opinion in the book. Anyone seeking to lead, or who have even been selected or called to Christian service should read them to learn the passion Christ's leadership was fraught with and the sharp sword we wield when we aspire to lead, judge, disciple and teach. That sword cuts us as we can cut others. We should think significantly before handling it. All in all, when reading negative reviews, my comment is that Christians will read all kinds of secular fiction and see whatever movie is playing, but will not read this book because a few of Nee's followers ended up a bit wacky. We have to remember the political context this was in and the psychological pressures of China under Mao and secular humanism. I ask what kind of psyche would I develop? All in all, consider the context and read humbly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 26, 2003
Not authority to chinese goverment, but to God
i have to disagree with one of the previously stated review where this books was simply talking about being submisive to the chinese goverment at the time, but more so its talking about being submisive to the main author of life, God. Well writen, thought out and packed with scriptual backing, I think this is a must read for any one who really wants to make sure there life is as sinless as humanly possible.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 13, 2011
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