A Barbarian is a person who is not part of our civilization, who wants no part of our civilization, and who seeks the conquest and destruction of our civilization.
An account of history, current events and prophecy, Michael Youssef brings the gospel to light in all three genres. Youssef reminds us frequently that we must learn from our history those that have pursued world dominance. Our political climate of social justice turns into social gospel in hopes of creating a utopia on earth. This is not the good news that even Christians seem to proclaim, but Christ came to save sinners. This does not mean we turn a blind eye, but our hope is not in this Gospel and change cannot take place but only when our hearts move toward God.
Youssef believes we are in exile because of the apostasy of the church. The exile comes in the form of terrorism where our enemy is not known by sight but by fear.
I loved this insightfulness of the gospel that he writes: The difference between the false Gospel and the one True Gospel of Jesus Christ is who the focus of each gospel. In every false Gospel the focus is on us, on our political views, on our well-being, on our view of the biblical narrative, on our observance of rites and rituals, on our own good works, on our own opinion of God’s character, on our own emotional experiences, or own positive thinking. In the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the focus is on Jesus- His death, His Burial, His resurrection, the prophecies about Him, and the witnesses who verified His resurrection. All false gospels are human-centered. The one True gospel is Christ centered. The gospel reflects the hope of heaven and being with Christ.
My only critical note is the lack of repentance and our motive for repentance. It should never should be to make life easier because it may not but to be changed by the holy spirit, to be more like Christ. Sometimes when Christians are only left with Christ alone, the change of heart will come. Will it soften or harden the heart. From Pharaoh of Egypt to the brothers of Joseph, we have examples of what those changes to the heart can do.
Youssef gives insight that the average Christian may not posses but needs to hear.
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