I finished reading The Hole In Our Gospel some time ago. I was unsure of the best way to review this because there is much good and bad in the book. The author Richard Stearns heads the World Vision organization which I support with my money. I understand an appreciate his goal for this organization which he pushes with this book. The cause of helping the afflicted and poor is a noble cause, and I agree with the premise of the book that Christians should be doing a better job of this. My problem is that he declares that this is a forgotten part of the Gospel. That is where the book goes terribly wrong. The Gospel is given properly in 1 Corinthians 15:1-8. It is about the death, burial and resurrection of Christ for our sins according to Scripture. The book pushes our works to the poor as part of the Gospel by using many verses taken out of context. Faith comes from the preaching of the Gospel and our works are not part of it. If the book would have kept from making the message the Gospel, it would have been a wonderful book. But with the adding to of the Gospel done, it unfortunately makes the book not recommendable.
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I want to share a cause close to my heart. The possibility of helping others in need through World Vision. I have a child my family has supported for a couple of years. It has been an absolutely amazing experience. I would ask you to consider the possibility of sponsorship.
This is a photo of my sponsored child. He is an amazing little boy from Brazil. The Bible has numerous verses citing the need to care for the poor. “All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.” Galatians 2:10
There are other opportunities to give besides sponsorship. You can send care packages, buy animals, provide clean water, provide medicine any much more. Any amount of donation is excepted. There is also the opportunity to give to impoverished kids here in the United States. A child dies every 7 seconds. Many from starvation and diseases that could be treated. Take the time to visit http://www.worldvision.org and pray about the possibilty of getting involved. Let someone see the love of Christ through your helping hand.