Something I’ve come up against as I continue to use this show as a vehicle to showcase Christian authors is that some people tell me I’m taking it too far. “Why do you only have Christian authors on the show?” or “You can have other authors on the show besides just Christian authors.” I have had family members roll their eyes because I choose to write and stay in the realm of Christian fiction. It doesn’t matter that ocassionally I have non-Christians on the show in different capacities. It doesn’t matter that some Christians would never read my work because they maybe uncomfortable with the subject matter or that some unbelievers may never pick up a copy of my books.
One thing I’ve thought about in the past three years I’ve been doing this show is this: is this a veneer of holiness I am wearing? Am I using this show to project an image of holiness while behind the scenes I’m raising hell? It’s a valid and sobering question because people can use the works they do to appear godly and holy. Over the years, this has made it’s way into the church were the appearance of holiness replaces the command of Jesus to be holy in truth. For real.
Join me as we discuss the book Grace is Free: One Woman’s Journey from Fundamentalism to Failure to Faith by author Marci Preheim as we talk about the appearance of holiness vs the true calling of holiness. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download the Stitcher app on your mobile device. Or, you can click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/8952531. Tune in!
ABOUT THE BOOK
A great treason is infiltrating the Christian world today. The gospel is meant to set people free, but instead it has been subtly tainted by the enemy. False teaching has slipped in virtually unnoticed, but its effects are deadly. To-do-lists, competition (even with spiritual disciplines) and extra rules have enslaved women to self-righteousness instead of leading them to Christ’s righteousness. Disguised as “helpful tips for women,” this distortion robs Christian women of intimacy with each other and labels them as “godly” for what amounts to human effort and worldly success.
Many people view this competition for godliness as striving for excellence. After all, what man doesn’t want a woman who is zealous to be the best homemaker, mother, and wife? But if organization and domestic genius were prerequisites for godliness, then Martha Stewart would be one of the godliest women in the world. The truth is, when women spend more time trying to appear godly rather than actually being close to God, there can be no other motive than a desire for approval from people rather than from God himself.
“Grace Is Free” unmasks this false gospel and the bondage to people’s approval that comes with it. It attempts to realign perspectives and help women understand how to rest through faith in what has already been accomplished through Jesus Christ. The true gospel is received through faith, not activity. “For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.’”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marci Preheim was born in Lincoln, Nebraska but moved to Hollywood, California as a teenager. It was there, at the age of 21, that she came to know the Savior through the ministry of a local church. Within a year of her conversion she became involved in a women’s prison ministry and discovered her passion for sharing the gospel publicly.
Marci has been married to Arnie Preheim since August of 1993. Shortly after their marriage, the Preheim’s moved to Nashville, Tennessee. They have 2 children, Brock (born in 1995) and Paige (born in 1998). Marci regularly teaches the women’s Bible study at Community Bible Church. For ten years, she led a monthly chapel service for women at the Nashville Rescue Mission (Hope Center for female recovering addicts).
God has gifted Marci with the ability to teach the Bible in a simple and understandable way. Many who have sat under her teaching will say that her passion for the Lord and His word is contagious. She is currently working on a series of Bible study guides for women. Marci has been a guest speaker for local women’s events and retreats. Most recently she led a Bible conference for women on the Caribbean island of Bonaire.
Marci’s passion is for women to rediscover the power of the gospel as it applies to our everyday lives—to be freed from lies that we so easily believe and the fear of man that blinds us to what true righteousness is. “The righteous will live by faith” (Romans 1:17).