A passionate exhortation of fundamentalist Christianity from a teenage evangelist.
In this nonfiction debut, Wilkerson (with co-author Clower) provides readers with a collection of stirring homilies and speeches of the sort that have earned him a large following on social media. His message, stated in the three-word title, is simplicity itself. Christians seeking salvation, he asserts, must surrender themselves entirely to Jesus and his teachings. Wilkerson admits no shades of gray in this interpretation: “The devil has a will for your life and if you are doing his will then you are not doing God’s will,” he says. “There is no middle ground.” The rhetoric he uses in this book is equal measures urgent and incantatory, with some exaggerated statements that may be familiar to attendees of big-tent revivals. For instance, Wilkerson regularly makes allowance for clerical donations; God, he writes, “beckons those who He has blessed with monetary wealth to abandon our right to it and be willing to use it to assist those who are going into all the world to preach the gospel to every creature.” (The New Testament makes no specific mention of providing money for itinerant preachers.) He also characterizes Jesus as doing something that had never been done before—“He would defy the laws of man to proclaim the laws of God”—when Old Testament prophets did this, as well. Still, Wilkerson’s account rings with his clear dedication to spreading the Gospel overseas: “While the only risk most of us take is the possibility of being pulled over for speeding to get to church on time,” he notes, “there are thousands who risk their occupations, reputations, and even lives for the sake of Christ.” Christian readers will likely be touched by this young author’s zeal.
A vivid, if uneven, faith account by a charismatic preacher.