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BOOK REVIEW – The Mind of Christ

February 19, 2017

With The Mind of Christ David Murry has given us a passionate declaration of Christ’s love for us, a powerful indictment of the American church, and a moving statement of his own experiences with God.

Written in a conversational style, The Mind of Christ examines these interrelated topics from a biblical perspective.

Murry begins by exploring the relationship believers have with God.  The author distinguishes between believers’ positional righteousness (earned for us at the cross), and our relational righteousness (the result of sanctification, and the depth of our communion with God).

Positional Righteousness

“We died to our sin nature.  We are new creatures in Him, with His mind, His righteousness, and the greatest gift of all, His raging river of love…”

-David Murry, The Mind of Christ

By the cross, we were given the mind of Christ and a new identity, as Murry puts it.  Our self-worth was established here.  It is separate from our function within the Body of Christ.

Relational Righteousness

“Relational righteousness, or said another way, a life lived seeking to walk in holiness is meant to be the natural response to the revelation of His love toward us.  We can only do this if we first understand our position in Christ.”

-David Murry, The Mind of Christ

As Murry explains, our self-worth is not dependent on the depth of our relationship with God.  We choose how far to allow God into our hearts and our lives.

God’s Unconditional Love

Throughout the book, David Murry emphasizes God’s boundless and unconditional love for us.

The author explains that if we do not turn to God and Kingdom truth, in any area of our lives, then we believe a lie about ourselves.  Murry goes so far as to say that:

“If in any way, an action of ours or an action of others, affects the way we view ourselves, it is an idol [1].”

-David Murry, The Mind of Christ

Murry, in this connection, explores fear of rejection and fear of failure, along with pride and mysticism.  He, also, discusses in the book manhood, as defined by the Bible, and the purpose of trials.

Impact of Sin

The author explains that God’s love never waivers.  Our sin does, however, grieve God’s heart, interfering with our relational righteousness.

Only “…when we begin to accept how much He loves us…[do] we begin to feel…His heart,” the author points out.  Ultimately, it is God’s love that transforms us, setting the captives free.

The Body of Christ

David Murry then turns his attention to the American church – criticizing its worldly attitude toward worship, temporal goals and concerns, materialism, compromise with sin, and failure to care adequately for the persecuted church abroad.  He pleads, in particular, for the needy.

“…the American Church as a whole, has lost the ability to walk in the heart, mind, and intention of the Lord.  We either speak of an angry God and His irreconcilable judgment upon this nation – or – We preach a message of excessive grace and spiritual & national pride from the false notion that a loving Father would not humble this nation (perhaps we have forgotten this country is not our home) – or – We speak of some twisted old covenant form of ‘revival’ as if the Holy Spirit is not already inside us…”

-David Murry, The Mind of Christ

Murry states, in no uncertain terms, that the course the church chooses to pursue will determine the fate of the nation.  He urges repentance, open opposition to sin, and a return to prayer (nowadays replaced by preaching and teaching).

Murry does not agree with the traditional concept of “revival”, since the Holy Spirit is already here in us [2].  Instead, the author places emphasis on the spiritual renewal of individual believers, as a means of releasing God’s love for the lost, hurt, and dying.

Visions/Dreams

Lastly, David Murry shares with readers some of his most personal experiences with God.  These are in the form of visions, dreams, and insights which facilitated prayer for those he encountered.

Murry stresses that all private revelation must be consistent with the written Word of God.  He allows that doctrine has its place, but maintains that nothing can substitute for extending God’s love to others as the Holy Spirit may move us.

In Sum

I highly recommend this book to other Christians.  The author’s humility, sincerity, and devotion are beyond question.  The text is readily accessible, explaining Scripture in clear, straightforward terms.  The message is biblical and uplifting.  We are, in short, loved.

Readers should not though expect The Mind of Christ to be unchallenging.  It calls for Christians to live and act out of love for Christ, because of His great love for us.  That kind of love requires a radical surrender of ourselves to God.

[1]  Just to clarify, abuse victims are not guilty of idolatry for viewing themselves as worthless.  That lie was drilled into them while they were still vulnerable children, by predators who subjected them to endless horrors.  Little wonder, victims continue to see themselves this way.  To God, however, they are priceless.

[2]  Christians believe that the Holy Spirit, the third person in the Trinity and helper Christ had promised, descended to earth at Pentecost.

READERS CAN FIND MY VIEWS ON ABUSE AND ABUSE-RELATED ISSUES AT ANNA WALDHERR A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse  http://www.avoicereclaimed

 

16 Comments
  1. Thank you Anna for the review, it sounds like a great book..
    God Bless

  2. Sounds interesting! Thanks for the review.

  3. What an excellent article Anna. I was very blessed! Sounds like a great book and i will put it on my list. I am one that has been very disappointed by American churches.

  4. Sounds like a wonderful message in this Book Anna and all based on God’s Truth, Thank you for sharing it with us and you are so right when you say …”Sadly, the Church has adopted worldly standards” and yes it was was prophesied they would be in darkness and that the Shepherds will be leading their sheep astray, why because they listen to Man not God.

    Thank you Anna for standing firm on God’s Truth, your example needs to be followed.

    God bless you greatly, Christian Love Always – Anne.

    • Thank you for your encouragement, Anne. I am grateful to know in you another woman who loves the Lord, and seeks to serve others. The times are growing very dark. It is easy for Christians to feel alone and discouraged. But the Lord is always with us. I found this passage from David Murry’s book a great comfort:

      “The triumph of the cross is the re-birth of His creation. Everything must die. And what will be revealed is the new creation…[D]o not fear it as loss…You feel the sadness you do because you are trying to hold onto your own life. You are afraid of the death that awaits the world because you do not understand the life that comes after it. All of creation must be redeemed from sin. Everything is speeding toward that end.”

      God is sovereign even over the destructive forces at work in the world. He will triumph in the end.

      Love,

      A. ❤

      • The Scripture below comforts me Anna and gives us assurance so we don’t fear as those who have no Hope do.

        1John 4:16-19 “And we have known and believed the Love that God hath to us. God is Love and he that dwelleth in Love dwelleth in God and God in him. Herein is our Love made Perfect that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love but Perfect Love casteth out fear because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made Perfect in Love. We Love Him because He first Loved us.”

        Blessings – Anne.

      • Thank you for the reference, Anne. ❤

  5. WOW, this sounds like a wonderful book which will set many free, and lift them into His joy. Self-worth seems to be a fragile aspect of the psyche; so many of us battle to realize it–and then maintain the Truth of it. I know that God values me, I believe all the verses in His Word which speak of it…and yet I fall into the valley of lies again and again. Thank you, as always, for being here–bringing us constant reminders of God’s Love, Truth and Light. If your ears burn some days, it’s because I speak of you often, and glowingly 🙂 ❤

    • You’re so kind, Bella! I don’t merit such praise, but I did enjoy David Murry’s book. This is such a broken world. Many of us have encountered abuse in one form or another. Often our view of God is shaped by that. We expect Him to be harsh because criticism and rejection are what we’ve experienced. The truth of God’s love can take awhile to sink in.

      Satan, of course, is hard at work trying to destroy our peace. But I take comfort from Paul’s statement that “…nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow — not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love” (Rom. 8: 38). ❤

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