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William Combs, a retired Presbyterian minister, in his book ‘Who Told You That You Are Naked?’, has reexamined sin and how it has been overlooked. His main interest is on the restoration of the ‘salt’ that has lost its ‘saltiness’.
Definitely, this is not the first time I am having an encounter with this topic since I am a Christian. His ideas on restoration from sin indeed does accurately concur with biblical literature and teachings. But what makes his outstanding, unique and easily comprehensible is the use of vignettes and the employing of imagery to visualize his arguments. Especially in the story of creation. His approach is entirely refreshing. But I know some would disagree with him since it is more or less like an addition to the story of Adam and Eve which shouldn’t be the case, as per the Bible.
Upon reading this book, one is certain to have a refreshed perspective of sin. You will get to understand how we inherited sin from the first generation of mankind. Even though we can never claim to be free from sin, through faith we can find peace in Christ, therefore always redeemed from our sinful nature.
Typically the book has been properly arranged. The writer has taken into consideration the chronology of being of sin, as he starts way behind by describing and analyzing the origin of sin and how we can be saved from it. He then gives an analysis of being in faith and accepting Jesus Christ as our savior. Then the last sections of the book are all about, living in faith and peace in Christ. This has made the book easily comprehensible as the arguments unfold.
Discussing spiritual matters would need evidence. One strong evidence in support of his arguments is the Bible. He has not only quoted the scripture in support of his ideas, but he has also put emphasis; to be clear in order to prove his arguments. Moreover, he has also included personal testimonies, to show that faith truly works, for example; he narrates a moving story of Ralph, an elder in their church, who was healed through faith, after the doctors’ conclusion that he was suffering from kidney stone infections (page 86).
William combs’ approach has enhanced my understanding of sin and salvation. From this book, it is now clear to me that, not even one can claim to be clean and free from transgression, but we must find peace in Christ our Lord for redemption. We must also accept sin, which we inherited from the beginning of mankind, instead of living in denial.
The book has no grammatical error worth mentioning. As a reader, I think I had high expectations to find something more extraordinary but I didn’t. In the blurb, instead of William Combs, a different name has been used, that is Bob Combs, that is confusing but I think is the same person. All in all, the book was a good one and I would rate it 3 out of 4 stars.
I would recommend the book to all Christians. It is a must read for those who are finding the concept of being born again nonsensical. The book can also be read by those Christians who are spiritually down, it would uplift and refresh them.
Who Told You That You Were Naked?
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