Thursday, February 18, 2016

Book Review: What Does It Mean To Love God?

What Does It Mean To Love God? by Maurice Roberts is part of the 12-booklet Cultivating Biblical Godliness series published by Reformation Heritage Books.  This booklet is very short at just 19 pages and looks at the Christian duty to love God above all others.  Mr. Roberts exhorts his readers to "take steps to impress upon our minds the seriousness of our duty to love God," (p. 2).

The author writes about the nature of love to God, the evidence of love for God in our lives, the importance of love to God as a Christian duty, and the expression of our love to God in our own day.  Given the Easy Believism mindset (a belief that salvation is based on praying a prayer without evidence of a changed life) which is prevalent in the evangelical church today, it is natural for a false professor to believe that he loves God.  To love God is a duty of all mankind, but the unregenerate live at enmity with God and cannot be subject to the law of God (Rom. 8:7).  Therefore, I am very surprised that Mr. Roberts assumes a Christian reader and does not give a clear Gospel presentation.

Mr. Roberts states that "everyone who loves God desires to evangelize and spread the gospel to those who are lost," (p. 7).  He prods the reader that if he professes to love God, then he will "find some way of telling our lost family members and friends what they need and how God has promised salvation in His gospel for all who believe in Jesus," (p. 9).  This is a very incomplete picture of the glorious Gospel found in the Word of God.  This booklet seems to geared for the immature believer, but at the same time, it presumes proper biblical understanding and/or articulation that the immature believer may not have.

What Does It Mean To Love God? is a very brief overview of the Christian's duty to love God without any recommendations for further study.  Therefore, I recommend it for the new believer; but given the brevity of this book, it's really not worth the cost.  

"Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law?  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets," (Matt. 22:35-40).