In preparing the book proposal for “The WWJD Church,” a 12-week small group study based on the 1897 book by Charles M. Sheldon, I was made aware of “Not A Fan” by Kyle Idleman. When writing a book proposal, you need to find similar books or books that may be considered competition. So, I read it.
Then one night, by accident (of course, with God there are no “accidents”), I came across “Not A Fan” TV show on TBN. The author, Kyle Idleman, a pastor of a church in Kentucky, told the stories he wrote about in the book. Pretty neat. Write a book – get a TV show! It was short-lived, however, as once the books stories were told, there was not more to tell.
The Idea of “Not A Fan”
Are you a true follower of Jesus or just a “fan”? Idleman defines a fan as a person who believes in Christ, but still wants to live the old lifestyle. Kind of keeping one foot in the secular world and the other in the Christian. These are also known as “Sunday morning Christians” or “Cultural Christians”. They go to church regularly, listen to the message, make a donation, even volunteer to serve somewhere, but when it comes to the rest of the week, they’re living the sinful lives that they should have left behind when they accepted Jesus Christ as their savior.
“Fans are happy to follow Jesus as long as that doesn’t require any significant changes or have negative implications….
“Instead of following Jesus, they are following religious rules and rituals. They have confused the targets…
“Our punishment was taken by Christ. He has made a way where there was no way so we live with a freedom and an appreciation of what has been done. Fans are about the ‘do’ but followers celebrate the ‘done’.”
There is a cost to following Jesus.
Blessed are you when people hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil,
because of the Son of Man.~Luke 6:22
In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted…~2 Timothy 3:12
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him…~Philippians 1:29
The book tells the story of one of Idleman’s parishioners who has a heart attack that “scares him straight.” He survives, but his close bout with death changes him. He goes from fan to follower. Instead of ignoring a beggar outside a store, he helps them.
To be a true follower of Christ you need to be “all in” — not just a Sunday morning Christian. Your old life has to die and you must be reborn as a righteous person.
The book also offers several testimonies of ordinary people who realized the difference between being a fan of Jesus and being a true follower.
Striving to be Christ-like is not easy. But God gave us the best teaching tool in the world – the Bible.
This book will also help. I highly recommend it.
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- Enlightenment, Encouragement & Enrichment by Giselle Aguiar, Award-Winning Christian Author
- Deo Volente! (God Willing): A look into early Christian history
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