“Hilarious, honest, and full of the hard-won wisdom...At its core is this truth: real change only happens when we realize God loves us whether we change or not.” —Susan E. Isaacs, author of Angry Conversations With God
From a popular pastor and radio host—Three Free Sins teaches that the only people who make any progress toward being better are those who know that God will still love them, regardless of how good they are.
This book is about the misguided obsession with the management of sin that cripples too many Christians. It’s about the view that religion is all about sin…about how to hide side sin or how to stop sinning all together.
In the Introduction, the author toys good-naturedly with an agitated caller on his radio program, teasing him in a segment where he offers three free sins. The offer is real. Not that Steve has the power to forgive sins, but he wants to make the point that Jesus has made the offer to cover all of our sins – not just three.
Chapter one, titled “Teaching Frogs to Fly,” is even better. The gist of this chapter is that you can’t teach frogs to fly, just like you can’t teach people not to sin. Steve tells a story about a guy who has a frog, and he’s convinced he can teach the frog how to fly. The man keeps throwing the frog up in the air or up against walls – all to the poor frog’s demise. The message is that even though people can be better, they can never not sin—just like a frog can never learn to fly, no matter how much pressure is put on it.
Steve continues through the book to show readers that while they can never manage sin, they can relax in knowing that they are completely forgiven—not just of three, but of all.
Brown (What Was I Thinking?) intends his approach to be controversial. He tells how he has used the gimmick of "three free sins" to engage listeners to his radio show and has been rewarded with no shortage of unkind remarks. Brown explains his unorthodox delivery in this way: "I decided to ditch the theological and religious words, and to be as outrageous as God was in his giving of himself for us." While the title may appear brash, its underlying concept is certainly orthodox Protestant Christian teaching. Brown asserts that all sins are "free" for Christian believers because Jesus paid the price for them at his crucifixion. Brown proposes that, instead of trying to be holy, Christians admit and embrace what they really are: forgiven. The book is peppered with humorous tales and personal testimonies that Brown has collected over more than 25 years as a Christian pastor, radio host, and seminary professor, to prove his point. The result is a refreshingly candid view of how Brown sees humans and their relationship with God.
This is more than just your normal christian read, it's so much more! I LOVE this book! I am now reading many of his other books too. I recommend this book to many of my friends, especially those struggling with legalism in the church. Once you've tasted the grace of the gospel and the freedom it gives, there's no going back to those heavy burdens.
Leaves much to be desired. Don't be mistaken I didn't hate it but wouldn't ever own it. Save your $.