I don’t remember when I first went to church, but I know I have been a church-goer my whole life. However, about four years ago, I was faced with the glaring fact that although I called myself a Christian, I didn’t really know Jesus Christ on a personal level. I knew all the right words to say and all the right things to do. But I didn’t have life.
In a moment of despair, God showed me how much he loved me. It was like a burden had been lifted off of my shoulders, like I’d been blind but now could see. For the first time in my life, I knew that God loved me anyway, irrespective of what I did or didn’t do.
For a long time, that remained a truth shut up in my heart. I enjoyed a sense of peace and freedom that couldn’t be explained in any way. The only problem was I didn’t know how to share what I had in my heart with someone. I didn’t have the right words or the right scriptures.
And then I landed on André van der Merwe’s book, Grace, The Forbidden Gospel.
That was when I had I light-bulb moment! The deeper I delved into the book, the more my heart got warmed. This was what I had been looking for.
Grace, The Forbidden Gospel gives the basics of the Gospel of Grace, which is the only true Gospel. It is a theological book but without the academic writing you would expect from a Doctor of Divinity, since André is a mechanic. Using simple language, he paints for us a picture of God’s loving and gracious heart. He dishes out tonnes of scripture to back up almost everything he says, so you can know that he’s not feeding you with hogwash.
Grace, The Forbidden Gospel reads like a Grace FAQ. The book tackles questions like
- Do Christians have a sinful nature?
- Can a Christian “Fall out of Grace”?
- Must we tithe?
- Why do Christians sin?
- Do Christians need to confess their sins?
- Why should we live a holy lifestyle?
- Is God angry with unbelievers?
- Will obeying the Law give me victory over sin?
- And many more
I have read many books on the subject of Grace, but none is as straightforward, simple and candid as Grace, The Forbidden Gospel.
If you think you have figured out the Christian faith, this book is not for you. It is for the open-minded, the one who is not afraid of asking bold questions and looking for the answers.