180 Degree Christian: Serving Jesus in a Culture of Excess [Hardcover]
I sense a stirring in my heart. I feel that some very, very difficult days are just ahead of us. And just as the Lord prepared Times Square Church before the events of 9/11 hit New York City, I believe we are living in an hour when God, in His mercy, is preparing His Church at large. Times of immense hardship will hit this church age, and whether it be experienced collectively or individually, we are all destined to go through the fire. Everything that can be shaken will be shaken, and only what was born and sustained by truth will remain. You and I must be prepared again. Now our job is not to be concerned with the times or the hour in which it will occur but rather with the preparation of the heart, which is what this book aims to address.
As the world grows ever dimmer, society becomes increasingly jaded, and worldwide protests ensue for reasons far deeper than the demonstrators themselves can even pinpoint—it is apparent that there is a universal cry of distress in this hour than can only be met by a Savior. My question for you is: Will we as the Church of Jesus Christ make a difference?
The answer begins on a personal level, which is why I believe the Lord has led me to write this book. I encourage you to study it carefully. Some of it is going to dig deep; some of it will run completely contrary to much of the popular theology being espoused today. Yet as you read this book, be mindful of Acts 17:11 which speaks of a certain type of believers in Christ who "were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether these things were so." I challenge you to do likewise—searching the Scriptures to see if they bear witness to what is found within these pages—and see if you don’t emerge gripped by truth and holding the very heart of God.
This book has a word from the Lord for those who desire truth, strength, and direction that conclusively promises to keep them in the coming days—to the purpose that they may be a source of blessing and hope to others. It is for those who are serious about the call of God on their life; serious about what it means to be part of the Church of Jesus Christ in these last days. I pray this includes you.
Pastor Carter has declined royalties from this book. All monies payable have been designated to Times Square Church towards a fund for the alleviation of human suffering.