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John Mark Comer

Recognize and Resist the Three Enemies That Sabotage Your Peace

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What is Live No Lies about?

Live No Lies (2021) is a survival guide for Christians living in troubled times. It analyzes the main challenges facing Christians today, including lies from the devil and the influences of Western secular society, which are often incompatible with religious values. It also offers spiritual practices for Christians to adopt and suggests some possible ways for churches to adapt to post-Christian culture.

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    Secular society treats lies as truth, and this leads to unhappiness and sin.

    Something’s wrong. Although the author has a good life, working as a pastor in Portland, Oregon, he often feels tired and worn down. He has the sensation that every day is a battle. Perhaps you sometimes feel this way too.

    But while it may sound strange, it’s actually perfectly normal to feel battered and bruised, given the world we live in today. There’s a war going on – a war for the soul.

    In recent years, Christians have become what feels like a minority in the US. It’s an alienating time to be a person of faith, as secular society has an increasingly hostile attitude toward Christianity.

    And it’s a difficult world for non-Christians too. Society is divided, and many people are deeply unhappy.

    Here’s the key message: Secular society treats lies as truth, and this leads to unhappiness and sin.

    Happiness levels in the US have been in decline since the 1960s. It’s no coincidence that this was the era when core values began to change, including attitudes toward sexuality and family. Secular society argues that acceptance of things like sexual liberation and divorce makes people freer and happier – but actually, the opposite is true.

    Secular society is getting so many things wrong. Take divorce as an example. Some people think that divorce represents liberation from the patriarchy – but the author believes that men benefit from divorce much more than women. Divorce also has a devastating impact on children; it affects their ability to form healthy, intimate relationships as adults.

    So what’s happening? Why is there widespread tolerance or even celebration of things that are making people unhappy?

    The problem is that secular society treats ideas as the truth. But positive attitudes toward divorce are just ideas – not the truth. Look at that another way, and you might as well call them lies. The Bible teaches that following the truth leads to happiness and God, while believing lies leads to unhappiness and sin. It’s no wonder so many people in the world today are unhappy.

    Of course, it’s not always easy to distinguish lies from the truth, and it can be even harder to let go of these illusions. But, for a follower of Jesus, it’s absolutely essential to identify and reject lies. It’s the only way to live a good Christian life and be happy.

    Luckily, help is at hand. The following blinks delve into lies – and how to combat them.

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    About the Author

    John Mark Comer is the founding pastor of Bridgetown Church in Portland, Oregon, and the director of the Christian nonprofit Practicing the Way. He’s the author of several books on spiritual formation in post-Christian culture, including the best seller The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry.

    Who should read Live No Lies?

    • Christians looking for practical guidance
    • People who feel dissatisfied with secular society – but don’t know exactly why
    • Anyone seeking peace and happiness through spiritual practices

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