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If you’ve never been exposed to hearing the gospel preached by Paul the Apostle in its pure, undiluted form, this book might offend and possibly even anger you. The Gospel of Grace has been outlawed and frowned upon by most organized religious institutions. Take courage though, there is a generation of believers rising up in the earth whose eyes are opening to the truth of the gospel of grace – a wave of people that has grown fed up with the way that church is done: Either good news is preached with some guilt and manipulation mixed in, or church services take the form of well orchestrated shows. Many believers’ entire lives are reduced to nothing more than a sin management program, running the endless treadmill of trying to please God by doing more for Him or trying to sin less.
If you have been raised with religion, then understanding the gospel of grace may involve unlearning most of what you have learnt through the years. It may initially feel as though the carpet is being plucked from under your feet, but as the perfume of God’s love rises and the truth of the Word begins to set you free, you will find yourself unable to resist the Father’s romantic advances, drawing you into Himself for a deeper experience of who He is.
What others have to say:
“With clarity and efficiency Andre rips the lid off confusing scriptures and shines such brilliant light upon them that will fill you with edge-of-your-chair excitement. I guarantee you that all through this book you will be saying “Wow, I’ve read that scripture so many times before but have never understood it like this!”
[Ryan Rufus - Pastor, City Church International, Hong Kong (ccihk.com); Founder, New Nature Publications (www.newnaturepublications.com); Author of Sanctification by Grace and Do Christians Still Have a Sinful Nature?]
“What a treat to read a truly non-religious book that effectively reveals God’s amazing grace towards mankind. In this book Andre clearly shares Jesus; who he is, what he’s done and what life in him is all about. Explained is the huge difference between Old and New Covenant living and the common problem of mixture. Reading this book could cause you to experience new found identity, freedom, and boldness.”
[Art Henkel - Director, Grace Connection Canada (www.graceconnectioncanada.com)]
“Over the past few years I have found Andre’s writings to be very helpful in unpacking the gospel of grace. You might be surprised to learn, as I was, that he was once a modern day Pharisee (his words, not mine). I find it fascinating that often the best teachings on grace come from those who once vehemently opposed it. Andre is in good company and this is a good book! It is more than a collection of topical writings. It’s a record of a journey from performance-oriented religion to liberating, life-giving grace. I highly recommend it.”
[Paul Ellis (escapetoreality.org), New Zealand]
“This is one of the most courageous and convincingly clear books on the beauty of God’s acceptance Grace and freedom from condemnation. It is a brilliant and well researched biblical reply to the angry Pharisees’ festering indignation at the spreading happiness caused by the Grace revolution. If anyone has tried to steal your joy and freedom in Christ this book will fully reassure you and release you into the Glorious liberty that God intended for His sons and daughters. Well done Andre.”
[Rob Rufus - Pioneer of Grace and Pastor, City Church International, Hong Kong (ccihk.com); Author of Living in The Grace of God and Invading the Impossible]
“Andre’s book systematically reveals God’s Grace in practical and easy to understand ways. Whether you are new to grace or not, the principles in this book will help you to better grasp the depths of the goodness and love of our Father. Read it slowly, you won’t want to miss a thing!”
[Cornel Marais - Founder of Charisma Ministries: Making the Supernatural NATURAL (www.charismaministries.org); Author of So You Think Your Mind Is Renewed?]
“This is more than a few personal opinions on grace. This book stands as an excellent concise commentary on the subject that breaks misconceptions, stirs faith, builds confidence and refutes the cynical critics. There is grace reformation sweeping the earth and Andre has done much to further its advance. A recommended and essential resource for all grace exponents.”
[Tony Ide - Pastor, Freedom Life Fellowship, Perth, Australia (www.freedomlife.org.au)]
“I like books that challenge the way people think. Books that cause the reader to go back and reevaluate some of the things that they’ve always believed and ask themselves if those viewpoints are biblical or simply a result of what they’ve been taught by somebody else. Grace, the Forbidden Gospel is such a book. It is a book that will stimulate your mind and refresh your heart.
Andre van der Merwe has taken the reader back to the drawing board of Scripture in a way will help set people free from the faulty views of God, themselves, others and life in general. This book will make you stop and think. You may not agree with everything the author sets forth, but you will be forced to take another look at the biblical reason you embrace the position your currently hold. Upon taking that second look, you might find yourself moving into a new, grace-based understanding of some things you’ve thought you already had a clear grasp on up until now.
The climate of the church of Jesus Christ today finds itself in a place where legalism has a debilitating effect on many people. Across the world, the focus within the church is largely on our behavior and how we need to do a better job in living the Christian life if we expect God to move on our behalf and in our midst. The result of that focus has been devastating. The only antidote to this problem is grace and that’s what this book is all about.
I predict that Grace, the Forbidden Gospel will set many free from that paradigm and bring them into the place of grace. Most Christians today are tired of the worn out religious treadmill they’ve spent most of their lives performing on and are ready for the message of grace. As you read these pages, you may find yourself feeling the refreshing breeze of Agape, inviting you to give up any notion that the level of victory you experience in your spiritual walk is up to you and to simply rest in the One who has already accomplished it all on behalf of all of us.
Read this book slowly and prayerfully. Keep your Bible handy to compare what the author says with what the Scripture says. In doing this, you will likely find yourself experiencing a sense of freedom and joy that can only be known by those who are willing to rise above the programming we may have received through legalistic, albeit sincere, influences of our past. As we rise above those legalistic influences, we will begin to see the Light of Grace in a way that will have a permanent transformational effect on our lives.”
[Steve McVey - President, Grace Walk Ministries (www.gracewalk.org); Author of Grace Walk, Grace Rules, Grace Amazing, A Divine Invitation, The Godward Gaze, The Grace Walk Experience and Walking in The Will of God].