Spiritual conversations. Sharing your testimony. Witnessing. Fulfilling the Great Commission. We have many different ways of labeling the act of telling others about the sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the cross. Then there are all the various “techniques” that we have to do this. Evangelism Explosion. The Romans Road. The Way of the Master. The Four Spiritual Laws.
All of the above boil down to one thing. Explaining to others that we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. And as a result, we are separated from God and deserving of Hell. Yet God in His great mercy and love sent His only Son, Jesus, to trade His glory in Heaven for an earthly body. To live a sinless life and offer Himself up as a sacrifice for our sins on the cross. To die and be buried in the grave for three days and then to rise again in triumph over sin and death. Belief in His death, burial and resurrection brings about our salvation – eternal life. I John 1:9 tells us that if we confess our sins “He is faithful and just and will cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.
Is that not the most tremendous news? How is it that we Christians aren’t shouting it from the mountaintops, telling everyone we meet about it?
Fear. Fear is so often the thing that holds us back. Fear of offending. Fear of rejection. Fear of looking foolish. . .
Destitutio Quod Remissio
by Brett Armstrong
Published by WestBow Press
Publication Date August 21, 2015
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
Setting: Rome Roman Empire - 32BC - 1461 AD
Written for: Adults
For decades, Roman Senator Marcus Servius labored to become a wealthy and admired patrician man. But now, his world is shattered. After he is exposed as a Christian during a time of intense persecution, his home, wealth, and prestige are stripped from him. The most painful loss of all is that of his beloved wife, Cassandra. Destitute and wary, Marcus prays he will be delivered from his enemies' hands as he struggles to realize a new path.
In desperate need of help, Marcus disguises himself and embarks on a dangerous journey to find Benjamin Truvias, the leader of a hidden church and the man responsible for Marcus's conversion. After Benjamin offers aid, Marcus's life finally finds needed direction. Yet, the more he helps the church through persecutions, the closer he comes to finding who betrayed him. Caught in a maelstrom of intrigue and deception, should Marcus discover the awful truth of who caused his fall, he must choose between vengeance and forgiveness--a decision that will affect the fate of all the believers in Rome.
Destitutio Quod Remissio is the timeless epic tale of a man's struggle to rebuild his life amid ancient Rome after he loses everything he loves and his faith is tested in ways he never imagined.
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Destitutio Quod Remissio is such an intense book. The Latin term can be roughly translated “destitution that comes from forgiveness.” Marcus learned about the destitution that came from being persecuted for his faith. The story begins with the devastating fire that consumed his estate and everything he held dear because of the faith that he had kept hidden.
Drawn in from the very first sentence, I could feel Marcus’ emotions and fears. I empathized with his great loss and regret – he hadn’t had the courage to share the most important thing in his life with his beloved wife. His faith.
If you finish reading this book and don’t feel compelled to share your faith more, then you just might not have been paying attention. Reading about the fearful, yet brave believers who lived every day under the threat of imprisonment simply because of their belief in Jesus, unable to provide food for their families because of that same faith and yet remained stalwart in their faith was moving and inspiring.
Written from Marcus’ viewpoint, the language of the book is more scholarly and lofty. Which fits well my picture of the way a Roman Senator would speak. The story appeared to be very well researched as well.
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