As you browse the Christian sections at your local bookstore, you’re bound to come across various self-motivation and guides to your best life now. These books are become the new norm for “theology” and advancing the Christian thought. As we start this journey on Wake-Up Church, I want to tackle the Christian book selection as we will look at a few different books through this series. Today we will be looking at a very popular book that has graced the shelves of any store that happens to sell books, “Girl, Wash your face”. This blog turned book series was started by Rachel Hollis to be an inspiration towards women.
While early on in the Church most writings were either to discuss various doctrines, or to counter false teachers that arose. Today, Christian books are split into a few different categories, theology, or the study of God, motivational, or the promotion of selfism, and false teachings, or the misrepresentation of theology. This is a significant divide between theology and motivational in the Christian circles today as many are seeking easy believism or to feel better. “Girl, Was Your Face” is no different than the countless other motivational books except that it is holding at the top of the book charts right now. People are flocking to grab a copy and see what “god has to say”. Right off the bat, she establishes her motive, “This book is about a bunch of hurtful lies and one important truth”, where she is signaling that we as humans have believed many lies, even ones from God. As she progresses through this book, she notes some of these “lies” and how the reader should view them in light of God. Let’s take a look at some of the topics she discusses and see if they line up with scripture.
Topic number one; Rachel tells the reader that they are to come first and their happiness depends on them. She makes statements like, “you are meant to be the hero of your own story”. Statements like these can be dangerous to the church, because we are denying the call of Christ and exulting ourselves as the hero. We are laying the claim that we are powerful and in control of our own destinies, but in reality, we are slaves to either sin or the righteousness of Christ. When we follow her directives of “you should be the very first of your priorities”, you denounce the first and second commandment where God tells us we should have no other gods before Him and not to create idols. We are making our selves both a god and an idol of ourselves because we will do whatever we can to position ourselves as number one. The call from Christ absolutely destroys her views; Matthew 16:24, Jesus says, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” This verse alone dictates our position in light of God, we are to deny ourselves, to humble ourselves, and to die to ourselves and follow Him.
Topic number two; This particular topic is a common thread among motivational “Christian” writers as Rachel tells us to never give up our dreams. This notion is completely anti-biblical at its core. No where in the New Testament does Jesus tell us to pursue our drives, which are often selfish. He never tells us to chase money, fame or power, but to follow Him. Our call which goes back to the first topic is to deny ourselves. Rachel advocates to start a “vision board” to put down what are dreams are and to chase them with relentless pursuit. This is a dangerous concept because we see a theme throughout the New Testament that the pursuit of many will destroy us. Let’s look at James 5, “Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you…” I encourage you to read all of James 5 in light of this article. She is promoting the chasing of wealth, which is the most sought-after dream people carry, but the bible holds a different view of this encouraging aspect. Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:19-21, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Topic number three; This statement from her book is painful to read through…that religious pluralism is true, that there are many roads to God. A quote taken from her book, Hollis writes, “Just because you believe it doesn’t mean it’s true for everyone. . . . Faith is one of the most abused instances of this. We decide that our religion is right; therefore, every other religion must be wrong.” This kind of thought again counters the entirety of Christianity. Jesus makes this statement very clear, “I am the Way, the Truth, the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Christianity isn’t about many roads leading to God, but to only one road, Jesus. This removes the idea that faith is subjective and makes it objective. That Jesus is literally the only way.
Topic number four; Thou shall not judge. Yep, you heard that right, it’s not nice to correct someone’s misconception of doctrine or anything for that matter. While I agree we shouldn’t be judging a person based on their appearance, scripture is clear that we must correct their doctrine. We are to judge righteously, John 7:24. Something that is characteristic of these types of individuals is that if you disagree with them, they will delete your comments and block you. In their world. They create this environment on their social media platforms that appears that everyone agrees with their point-of-view. They allow no discussion or disapproving comments because they cannot be wrong. So, while they claim a “judgmental free” zones on their social media pages, they remove anyone that is disagreeing with them…so much for toleration.
As you can see, this book has many short falls. It is a promotion of selfism, and its attempted takedown of Christianity is obvious. This is modern evangelical work at its finest. We must turn to scripture to understand our position with God, and the Will of God. We are to never exult ourselves or put ourselves ahead of God. He alone deserves the glory and praise; He alone is the King and Ruler of the universe. So instead of picking up this book, grab your Bible, and dig into the world of God.
Written by Alex; @reformed_lifestyle