A Liberation Front That Has Nothing To Do With Politics

by Jerry Wilson | January 26th, 2018

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A Liberation Front That Has Nothing To Do With Politics

In the early to mid 1970s, com­mer­cials for Men­nen Skin Bracer after­shave were a sta­ple of net­work tele­vi­sion, espe­cially sports pro­gram­ming. The tag line was sim­ple: after the announcer deeply intoned how Skin Bracer’s skin tight­ner and chin chillers wake you up like a cold slap in the face, a man would slap some on – always twice – and end the com­mer­cial with, “Thanks – I needed that.” While min­is­ter, teacher, musi­cian, and author Kem­per Crabb’s after­shave pref­er­ence is known but to him­self and imme­di­ate fam­ily, he has taken Skin Bracer’s mes­sage to heart. His book Lib­er­a­tion Front: Res­ur­rect­ing the Church is a Scrip­tural muscle-​guided slap in the face to both indi­vid­ual believ­ers and the church as a whole call­ing them, and it, back to the Biblically-​ordained role and power the church has been divinely ordained to uphold in earth and in heaven.

Crabb is a Renais­sance man, not only in how his music over the years has often ref­er­enced said era and ear­lier both musi­cally and lyri­cally, but in his thor­ough knowl­edge of both Scrip­ture and his­tory. He makes his case both straight from the Bible and early church teachers/​teachings that church mem­ber­ship is vital to every believer, along­side this out­lin­ing and then care­fully detail­ing what Crabb labels the church’s seven modes (Romance, Fam­ily, Body, Tem­ple, Pil­lar and Ground of Truth, Weapon, Lib­er­at­ing Army). Through­out the text Crabb exhorts, chal­lenges, and con­fronts the reader to dis­card what he per­ceives as an emas­cu­lated view of the church’s role in soci­ety on all lev­els, instead embrac­ing the Scrip­tural man­dates and promised empow­er­ment to be an effec­tive force in first the lives of believ­ers and from there the lives of others.

The book is not a mere recita­tion of the Riot Act to Chris­tians equally afraid of their own shadow and deter­mined to go it alone. Crabb points out that the way to gen­uine peace in Christ comes through embrac­ing His divine empow­er­ment, and its cor­re­spond­ing ram­i­fi­ca­tions, in both the present day heav­enly places and here on Earth. In his view, the church is painfully short­chang­ing itself, and its mem­bers painfully short­chang­ing them­selves, by fail­ing to embrace and live out the nearly unimag­in­able strengths avail­able for the ask­ing once the entirety of Bib­li­cal guide­lines and promises are accepted, with tremen­dous empha­sis on the neglected if not out­right rejected super­nat­ural por­tions of true life in Christ.

Lib­er­a­tion Front is not an easy read on mul­ti­ple fronts. Crabb refuses to dumb down his writ­ing, and as noted the book is void of warm spiritual-​sounding fuzzies designed to make the reader feel good about him or her­self regard­less of where they are in life. But for the believer seek­ing adher­ence to, and clar­i­fi­ca­tion of, his or her true place in the church, the church’s true place in the world, and what God has in mind for His Bride­groom the Church, Lib­er­a­tion Front is as vital and mind/​heart/​soul-​expanding as it gets in today’s world.

The book is avail­able at Ama­zon and Barnes & Noble.

In the early to mid 1970s, commercials for Mennen Skin Bracer aftershave were a staple of network television, especially sports programming. The tag line was simple: after the announcer deeply intoned how Skin Bracer’s skin tightner and chin chillers wake you up like a cold slap in the face, a man would slap some on – always twice – and end the commercial with, “Thanks – I needed that.” While minister, teacher, musician, and author Kemper Crabb’s aftershave preference is known but to himself and immediate family, he has taken Skin Bracer’s message to heart. His book Liberation Front: Resurrecting the Church is a Scriptural muscle-guided slap in the face to both individual believers and the church as a whole calling them, and it, back to the Biblically-ordained role and power the church has been divinely ordained to uphold in earth and in heaven.

Crabb is a Renaissance man, not only in how his music over the years has often referenced said era and earlier both musically and lyrically, but in his thorough knowledge of both Scripture and history. He makes his case both straight from the Bible and early church teachers/teachings that church membership is vital to every believer, alongside this outlining and then carefully detailing what Crabb labels the church’s seven modes (Romance, Family, Body, Temple, Pillar and Ground of Truth, Weapon, Liberating Army). Throughout the text Crabb exhorts, challenges, and confronts the reader to discard what he perceives as an emasculated view of the church’s role in society on all levels, instead embracing the Scriptural mandates and promised empowerment to be an effective force in first the lives of believers and from there the lives of others.

The book is not a mere recitation of the Riot Act to Christians equally afraid of their own shadow and determined to go it alone. Crabb points out that the way to genuine peace in Christ comes through embracing His divine empowerment, and its corresponding ramifications, in both the present day heavenly places and here on Earth. In his view, the church is painfully shortchanging itself, and its members painfully shortchanging themselves, by failing to embrace and live out the nearly unimaginable strengths available for the asking once the entirety of Biblical guidelines and promises are accepted, with tremendous emphasis on the neglected if not outright rejected supernatural portions of true life in Christ.

Liberation Front is not an easy read on multiple fronts. Crabb refuses to dumb down his writing, and as noted the book is void of warm spiritual-sounding fuzzies designed to make the reader feel good about him or herself regardless of where they are in life. But for the believer seeking adherence to, and clarification of, his or her true place in the church, the church’s true place in the world, and what God has in mind for His Bridegroom the Church, Liberation Front is as vital and mind/heart/soul-expanding as it gets in today’s world.

The book is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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