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Three Free Sins: God's Not Mad at Youby Stephen W. Brown
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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.
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.
The outlandish promise of free sins sounds too good to be true. But the truth—says author Steve Brown—is that it is true! Brown maintains that the obsession of many Christians to “manage” sin and be “better” is wasted effort. Rather, the only people who find true peace and happiness find it as they relax in God’s love and forgiveness, knowing that, if they never get any better, God still loves them anyway.
Too many Christians are crippled by the misguided obsession with the management of sin. They believe religion is all about sin…about how to hide sin or how to stop sinning all together. By offering everyone three free sins, Steve reminds people that Jesus absolves all of our sins. Though, of course, no one can really give away free sins, this is a unique way to emphasize that managing sin is an impossible task.
Ultimately, Three Free Sins shows that while we can never lead a blameless life, we can relax in knowing that we are completely forgiven—not just of three sins, but of all.
About the Author
Steve Brown is a radio broadcaster, seminary professor, and author. He previously served as a pastor for twenty-five years and now serves as professor of preaching at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida, and sits on the board of National Religious Broadcasters and Harvest USA. He is the author of numerous books, including Approaching God, Scandalous Freedom, and When Your Rope Breaks. Steve and his wife, Anna, live in Florida.
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