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Power for Living is a Christian apologetic book distributed free of charge by the Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation in various countries around the world.

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Overview

Power for Living is a book promoting Christianity, which was originally commissioned by the Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation to celebrate The Year of the Bible 1983.[1] The First printing was produced by American Vision, Atlanta, Georgia in October 1983 under copyright to the Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation. The writers were noted Christian authors, David Chilton, Gary DeMar, Victoria T. deVries, Michael Gilstrap, and Ray Sutton. This version was supplanted one month later by a revised edition dated, November 1983, that was redone by a non-denominational pastor and writer Jamie Buckingham. Both versions of Power for Living contain testimonials from celebrities who became Christians and other content aimed at proselytizing the reader.

The revised edition was released because the DeMoss Foundation wanted the book to be less about practical issues for Christian living, and almost completely focused on a Christian evangelistic message. As such, the original edition contained chapters on "God's Perspective" which dealt with the reformed "Biblical world and life view". The revised edition was decidedly arminian in its theology, omitting much of the text coming from a reformed Christian perspective.

The Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation is affiliated with the Evangelical movement of American Christianity. Power for Living is credited for having introduced thousands of seekers to Christ, with the aim to have them then begin attending a local Christian church of their choice to further their relationship with Jesus.

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Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation

Although the Foundation aims to make Christianity better known, it is not a religious body with distinctive doctrine, and so strictly speaking there is no such thing as a "follower" or "member" of Power for Living, though various Christian communities do support the Foundation's activities. The book is mainly promoted by Protestant Christians of Fundamentalist coloring. The Foundation has used its abundant financial resources to promote Power for Living in the United States, Germany and, most recently, Japan.

In Japan, television advertisements related to religion are generally considered to be taboo, although Buddhist temples, Shintō shrines, Souka Gakkai, etc., have all produced advertisements for television. The Foundation's advertisements were declared "religious propaganda" by Germany's Federal Broadcasting Council in January, 2002, and as such their broadcast is prohibited in Germany.

David Chilton

David Chilton (1951–1997) was a pastor, Christian Reconstructionist, and author of several books on eschatology and preterism. He contributed three books on eschatology: Paradise Restored (1985), Days of Vengeance (1987), and The Great Tribulation (1987).

Gary DeMar

Gary DeMar is an American writer, lecturer and the president of American Vision, an American Christian nonprofit organization. The think-tank has a vision of "an America that recognizes the sovereignty of God over all of life and where Christians are engaged in every facet of society." [2]

Jamie Buckingham

Jamie Buckingham (1932–1992) was the founder of the Tabernacle Church in Melbourne, Florida. He was the author of Run, Baby, Run (with Nickey Cruz), Shout it From the Housetops (with Pat Robertson) and 35 other books. Buckingham was editor for Charisma Magazine until his death in 1992.

Controversy in Japan

Advertisements for a free copy of the book have appeared in Japan on TV Asahi, TV Tokyo, Tokyo Broadcasting System and Nippon Television, but Fuji Television refused to broadcast the ads because of the controversy surrounding them. The advertisements have generated suspicion about the Foundation's origins, activities and purposes, perhaps by the Foundation's failure to specifically declare them to the public.

Evangelical Christianity, although a relatively old and well-established Christian tradition around the world, has in recent decades developed new forms of worship and missionary activity and increased its presence in Japan. This has generated suspicion among the Japanese, who tend to be suspicious of new religious movements after the Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway by religious fanatics. This is especially so, as the Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation is not registered with The Japanese Ministry of Education and conform to its guidelines as a religious organization.

History

  • 1955 - The National Liberty Foundation is established by Arthur S. DeMoss.
  • 1979 - DeMoss dies at age 53.
  • His wife, Nancy S. DeMoss, inherits 200 million dollars and changes the Foundation's name to the Arther S. DeMoss Foundation.
  • 1983 - Power for living first distributed in the United States.
  • 1999 - Television advertisements for the book are aired in the United States.
  • 2001 - Distribution begins in Germany.
  • 2007 - Distribution begins in Japan.

Celebrity Endorsements

Japanese
American

All are known Evangelical Christians.

See also

References

  1. ^ Acknowledgments, Power For Living, American Vision, Atlanta, Georgia, October, 1983, pg. 132
  2. ^ from American Vision's About Us page.American Vision web site URL accessed 05/10/2006

External links


Power for Living is a Christian evangelistic book distributed free of charge by the Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation in various countries around the world. Though it was heavily advertised in the US in the mid 1990s as a seemingly secular self-help book.

Contents

Overview

Power for Living is a book promoting Christianity and was originally commissioned by the Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation to celebrate The Year of the Bible 1983.[1] The First printing was produced by American Vision, Atlanta, Georgia in October 1983 under copyright to the Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation. The writers were the noted Christian authors, David Chilton, Gary DeMar, Victoria T. deVries, Michael Gilstrap, and Ray Sutton. This version was revised in November 1983 by non-denominational pastor and writer Jamie Buckingham. Both versions of Power for Living contain testimonials from celebrities who became Christians and other content aimed at arguing for the Christian faith.

The revised edition was released because the DeMoss Foundation wanted the book to be less about practical issues of Christian living, and to focus more on a Christian evangelistic message. As such, the original edition contained chapters on "God's Perspective" detailing the reformed "Biblical world and life view". The revised edition was decidedly more arminian in its theology, omitting much of the text coming from a reformed Christian perspective.

The Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation is an American Evangelical foundation. Power for Living and is credited for having introduced thousands of so-called "seekers" to Christ, with the added aim of having them then begin attending a local Christian church of their choice to further their relationship with Jesus.

Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation

Although the Foundation aims to make Christianity better known, it is not a religious body with distinctive doctrine, and so strictly speaking there is no such thing as a "follower" or "member" of Power for Living, though various Christian communities do support the Foundation's activities. The book is mainly promoted by Protestant Christians of Fundamentalist coloring. The Foundation has used its abundant financial resources to promote Power for Living in the United States, Germany and, most recently, Japan.

In Japan, television advertisements related to religion are generally considered to be taboo, although Buddhist temples, Shintō shrines, Souka Gakkai, etc., have all produced advertisements for television. The Foundation's advertisements were declared "religious propaganda" by Germany's Federal Broadcasting Council in January, 2002, and as such their broadcast is prohibited in Germany.

David Chilton

David Chilton (1951–1997) was a pastor, Christian Reconstructionist, and author of several books on eschatology and preterism. He contributed three books on eschatology: Paradise Restored (1985), Days of Vengeance (1987), and The Great Tribulation (1987).

Gary DeMar

Gary DeMar is an American writer, lecturer and the president of American Vision, an American Christian nonprofit organization. The think-tank has a vision of "an America that recognizes the sovereignty of God over all of life and where Christians are engaged in every facet of society." [2]

Jamie Buckingham

Jamie Buckingham (1932–1992) was the founder of the Tabernacle Church in Melbourne, Florida. He was the author of Run, Baby, Run (with Nickey Cruz), Shout it From the Housetops (with Pat Robertson) and 35 other books. Buckingham was editor for Charisma Magazine until his death in 1992.

Controversy in Japan

Advertisements for a free copy of the book have appeared in Japan on TV Asahi, TV Tokyo, Tokyo Broadcasting System and Nippon Television, but Fuji Television refused to broadcast the ads because of the controversy surrounding them. The advertisements have generated suspicion about the Foundation's origins, activities and purposes, perhaps by the Foundation's failure to declare them to the public precisely.

Evangelical Christianity, although a relatively old and well-established Christian tradition around the world, has in recent decades developed new forms of worship and missionary activity and increased its presence in Japan. This has generated suspicion among the Japanese, who tend to be suspicious of new religious movements after the Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway by religious fanatics. This is especially so as the Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation neither not registered with The Japanese Ministry of Education and nor conformed to its guidelines as a religious organization.

History

  • 1955 - The National Liberty Foundation is established by Arthur S. DeMoss.
  • 1979 - DeMoss dies at age 53.
  • His wife, Nancy S. DeMoss, inherits 200 million dollars and changes the Foundation's name to the Arther S. DeMoss Foundation.
  • 1983 - Power for living first distributed in the United States.
  • 1999 - Television advertisements for the book are aired in the United States.
  • 2001 - Distribution begins in Germany.
  • 2007 - Distribution begins in Japan.

Celebrity Endorsements

Japanese
American

All are known Evangelical Christians.

See also

References

  1. ^ Acknowledgments, Power For Living, American Vision, Atlanta, Georgia, October, 1983, pg. 132
  2. ^ from American Vision's About Us page. American Vision web site URL accessed 05/10/2006

External links


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