I don’t read much by Joyce Meyer but we do sell a lot of her books so from time to time I’ll pick one up and browse through it. Her latest book is God is Not Mad at You (Hachette Book Group). I picked up a copy and started perusing it. The name Kierkegaard caught my eye and I wondered “What is Joyce Meyer reading by Kierkegaard?” My friend and former coworker, Dean, has a great love for Kierkegaard and taught me much about the famed theologian. Because of his influence I take a special interest when I see Kierkegaard’s name. So here’s what I read from Meyer’s book:
“The nineteenth-century Danish theologian Søren Kierkegaard identified two kinds of religion—religion A and religion B. The first is ‘faith’ in name only (2 Timothy 3:5). It’s the practice of attending church without genuine faith in the living Lord. Religion B, on the other hand, is a life-transforming, destiny-changing experience. It’s a definite commitment to the crucified and risen Savior, which establishes an ongoing personal relationship between a forgiven sinner and a gracious God.
Kierkegaard goes on to say that C.S. Lewis had great difficulty in becoming a Christian because religion A had blinded him to religion B. The apostle Paul said that he had to die to the law in order to live to and for Christ (Galatians 2:19). C.S. Lewis’s childhood had given him what he referred to as a spiritual illness through compulsory church during his school days and the dryness of religion offered by a semipolitical church.” (Emphasis mine. 105)