read Prone to Love, it is my understanding that Jason Clark
has come to an awareness of God's love that is available to every one
of us. He came to this revelation of God's love over many years and
wants to share it with his readers.
relationship with God is not to be based on need, Clark says. “Our
Father does not need us nor is it His greatest desire that we need
Him … Need is not a reality in the Kingdom of heaven. We are called
to live heaven here, now. The Christian life is about knowing and
becoming love, and then meeting the needs of those around us with the
love we have received from God. … If need is the foundation of our
relationship with God, we relegate ourselves to a poverty existence.”
(66) This book, he says, is an invitation to step away from the
dysfunction of need, into the freedom, authority, and power of love.
appreciate Clark's coming into a revelation God's love but I do have
does not want our relationship with God to be based on need. Then
what do we do with Paul writing that God told him God's power is made
perfect in weakness? (2 Cor. 12:9) How do we explain Paul boasting
about his weaknesses? What are we to think of Paul expressing his
continued “need” for grace in his relationship to the Lord?
is love and His love is always good – always. That's my theology.”
(111) What do we mean by “good”? Does that mean, as Clark seems
to say, that God would never do anything to hurt me? “God never
instigates nor manipulates a tragedy to grow faith...” (146) What
are we to think of Joseph's being sold slavery? How do we explain
Joseph's statement that his brothers had meant the experience for
harm, “but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being
done, the saving of many lives”? (Gen. 50:20) How do we understand
that story where it seems God “used” or “manipulated” the
evil of man (which caused Joseph some discomfort), for God's own
greater good? How do we explain God “using” foreign nations to
conquer Judah and Israel? What of Jeremiah 32:23 where Jeremiah says,
“...they did not do what you commanded them to do. So you brought
all this disaster on them”? How do we understand the prophecies of
judgment upon Israel? How could those prophecies come to pass unless
God, in some manner, instigated the act or at least manipulated the
people causing the tragedy?
is always about freedom,” Clark writes. (107) “[God] is never
about control; He can't stand it.” (109) What do we do with
Proverbs 21:1 where it says, “The king's heart is a stream of water
in the hand of the LORD, he turns it wherever he will”? (ESV) Or
Proverbs 16:33, where it says we can cast the lots but the LORD
determines how they fall? How do we explain Daniel 4:25 where it says
God is sovereign over all the kingdoms of the earth and gives them to
anyone he wishes? How do we explain the whole concept of fulfilled
prophecy if God does not, in some sense, control people? “I
absolutely believe God is sovereign,” Clark writes, “but I won't
use the word control to describe it.” (148) How do we
explain Paul writing about the clay and the potter in Romans 9:19-21?
writes, “God is always about freedom.” (107) How do we then live
our Peter's instruction to, “Live as free people ... live as God's
slaves”? (1 Peter 2:16) How do we live Paul's instruction in
Ephesians 6:6 for us to live as slaves of Christ? And how do we
explain Paul so frequently describing himself as a bond-servant (or
slave) of the Lord?
you know that both you and I are prone to love Him,” Clark writes,
“we are righteous, we are inherently good; when we said yes to God
our actual DNA became holy?” (161) “Dear church, I would like to
suggest that we are holy by nature. Our DNA changed the moment we
said yes to Jesus...” (164) “We are no longer sinners.” (166)
How do we explain Paul writing that Christ Jesus came into the world
to save sinners; “of whom I am chief”? (1 Tim. 1:15) Why did Paul
use the present tense? What do we do with John saying if we claim to
be without sin we deceive ourselves? (1 John 1:8) How am I to
understand Paul writing about disciplining his body, training it to
do what it should? (1 Cor. 9:27) What do I do with Romans 7:15 where
Paul shares his own struggles with sin, hating what he sometimes did?
quotes Ephesians 2:4-5 and concludes, “This verse says it all. We
were sinners is past tense.” (192) How am I to understand
that, when I've looked up several translations and they all say we
“were dead in our transgressions”? It says we were dead and now
we are no longer dead. How do I extrapolate that to conclude that I
am no longer a sinner?
do I do with the passage in Hebrews 4 where the writer says it is
sometimes for our “good” that we experience pain? How do I
understand his statements about God disciplining those He loves? Is
it true that God treating us as children means enduring hardship?
(Heb. 4:7) Is this hardship for our “good,” in order that we
might share in His holiness? (Heb. 4:10) And what about the writer of
Hebrews saying the discipline is painful but produces a harvest of
righteousness for those trained by it? (Heb. 4:11) How can that be if
a Christian's DNA is holy? Why would one need to be trained in
says that he believes the point of his life is “to know His love
and become transformed.” (188) What do we do with Paul's statement
in 1 Cor. 10:31 that we are to do all to the glory of God? Is Paul
saying that glorifying God is the most important point of our life?
Should my focus be on me knowing God's love or on my giving glory to
Clark has received a revelation of God's love toward him. He may have
received a revelation Christians have missed for two thousand years.
But there are also many questions from passages of Scripture that are
Clark is a singer/songwriter, an author, a speaker, and a pastor.
He and his wife live in North Carolina with their three children. For
more information, go to www.jasonclarkis.com
Image, 224 pages.
received a complimentary copy of this book through the Book Group
Network for the purpose of this review.