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Christian Testimonials About This Bible Study:
Real Reviews, Real Christians, from Around the World
A DEAR SISTER IN CANADA:
“NO ONE WILL EVER GIVE ME MORE”
There was, long ago, a time when I wondered if I would ever really understand the Bible. Then I found and carefully read through every inch of your web site, including the testimonials, and decided to give AOR a chance. Your Bible study gave me clarity; it opened the Bible for me and showed me what the Lord is saying to us. I can now read anywhere in the Bible and understand almost always what the Lord is saying. You taught me how to love God and understand His word. No one will ever give me more. I now love reading my Bible. Your words have changed me, grounded me in God’s truth. It was very kind and merciful of the Lord to let me learn from you. How joyous to have met an unleavened Christian! Oh, how much I love my brother!
MOTIVATED CHRISTIAN WHO’D ALREADY BEEN THROUGH THE BIBLE OVER 30 TIMES
“IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF A BEAUTIFUL LEARNING PROCESS”
I prayed and prayed and prayed for the Lord to provide me a teacher in the word like Timothy was given. Then I ran into your web site and found AOR to be the Bible study I was looking for for so long. Unlike all the other studies I have encountered, AOR is really refreshing because, 1) it covers Bible subjects and backs them up with plenty of Scripture references, and 2) it teaches how to take God at His word. It was the beginning of a beautiful learning process. I’m very glad and very thankful that I ran across who I view to be a Paul to me. I thank God for you!
AN ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONICS ENGINEER IN MALAYSIA:
“YOU HAVE SHOWN ME HOW STARVED I WAS WITHOUT HIS WORD, AND LED ME TO LOVE THE BIBLE MORE THAN ANYTHING”
I have been a lukewarm Christian here in Malaysia for about 9 years. In those years I lazily avoided serious Bible study by substituting song singing and other things that just danced around Jesus without being committed and surrendered to Him. Slowly I began to read the Bible and pray more... Along the way I stumbled across your website...and have been hooked ever since. I have read AOR and the Bible for up to 7 hours a day. Your book answers many questions I’ve had regarding the Bible over the years, but some things I believe I am still too immature as a Christian to accept. The best thing you have done for me, brother, is in AOR you have made me see how starved I was without His word, and have led me to love the Bible more than anything. Even though at first glance some things in AOR seemed confusing, as I learned more they made more sense than the wisest things I’ve heard outside the Bible. One of my greatest regrets, brother, is that I did not stumble across your website years ago when I was still in university. But I thank God for His grace and also for your ministry because – honestly speaking, brother Len – your ministry has been a huge blessing to me.
BAPTIST PASTOR (FOR 21 YEARS), HUSBAND, AND FATHER OF SIX:
“AOR PEELS THE HIDE OFF HYPOCRISY AND APOSTASY. IT EXPOSES SHALLOW MAN-MADE THEOLOGY”
Brother, after getting your six books in the mail, I gave the other copies to five fellow Baptist preachers whom I know to be serious students of the Bible. We were prepared to have some of our long-held doctrinal convictions challenged by your Bible study, but we promised to consult every Scripture quoted to see “whether those things were so.” And, having studied your book over the past year, we can honestly say your excellent material in The Age of Reason is well-organized: It is a wonderful and unique blend of historical and doctrinal truths that hits hard at the core of what are popularly known as conservative and fundamental viewpoints. AOR peels the hide off hypocrisy and apostasy. It exposes shallow man-made theology. AOR is for neither weak-hearted brethren nor those who are uncomfortable having their long-held denominational traditions or personal convictions challenged in the light of Biblical evidence…By the way, thank you for your kind permission to quote and reproduce parts or the whole of AOR in order to aid many in our fellowship of 25 independent Baptist churches in their study and ministry of God’s word. Again, our heartfelt gratitude for your friendship and partnership in Christ. May the Lord continually give you abundant wisdom and grace to write more excellent books for His honor and glory. My wife and children send their warmest Christian greetings to you and yours.
“YOUR BIBLE STUDY IS SO GOOD I DON’T THINK IT SHOULD BE CALLED JUST A BOOK”
Your Bible study is so good, so unique, so valuable, so packed with knowledge and insight, and it is so compelling, challenging, and authoritative, and it is so life-changing, that I don’t think it should be called just a book. Maybe it should be called a journey, or a mentor, or an eye opener. Or maybe a trumpet call or an alarm of war. I don’t know of any single word that can adequately label your work.
51-YEAR-OLD BIBLE PREACHER (AND ELK HUNTER):
“I HAVE READ AOR WITH JOY, SORROW, ANGER, REPENTANCE, THANKFULNESS”
As a pastor of a Bible-believing church I have read AOR with joy, sorrow, anger, repentance, thankfulness, and maybe some other emotions. After finishing the second read thru…I suspect that I feel how Peter must have felt when Paul shows up in Acts 15 to teach him the gospel 14+ years after he’d watched the Lord ascend: Peter knew it was the truth.
“A BIBLE STUDY UNPARALLELED”
I am a believer and supporter of what you have to say in AOR. It is a Bible study unparalleled...And not surprisingly, your insights and advice in the Trumpets have gravitas, are Scripturally well-founded, eye-opening, inspirational, enlightening, encouraging, and helpful. Good job, comrade. Please...more.
GUILELESS CHRISTIAN (AND RETIRED AIR FORCE PILOT):
“YOU DO NOT PULL PUNCHES, YOU TELL IT LIKE IT IS”
You have been the catalyst for my serious reading of God’s Book. You do not pull punches, you tell it like it is, and you cut me absolutely no slack in your book about my mis and dis beliefs regarding the Bible. Your words have been encouraging and motivating.
EARNEST CHRISTIAN (AND FORMER AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER):
“YOU’VE HELPED ME SEE WHAT A MAGNIFICENT BOOK THE BIBLE IS”
You’ve helped me see what a magnificent Book the Bible is, and I pray that I’ll be a doer of what I’ve learned and not just a hearer.
CHRISTIAN WHO WAS RELUCTANT TO COME OUT FROM DOCTRINAL APOSTASY:
“I THINK THE LORD HAS SINGLED YOU OUT TO DO A VERY CHALLENGING AND NECESSARY TASK”
You do have a message for the church and I think the Lord has singled you out to do a very challenging and necessary task. You have an understanding and insight into the Bible...your book teaches doctrinal truths and reveals apostasy in the church. Your passion and emotion are essential to staying the course – don’t change because what must be done requires a very unique individual. You are unique... I do know I would not be where I am today in my walk with Him were it not for you.
58-YEAR-OLD NONDENOMINATIONAL PREACHER:
“AOR HAS SHOWN ME THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BLINDLY FOLLOWING MODERN CHRISTIANITY AND BEING A FAITHFUL BIBLE BELIEVER”
Your discernment of God’s word is a gift from Him, and your book has taught me that all I have written [in the past] was and is dung. I was one of countless preachers who thought they knew the Bible and would therefore not be led astray by every wind of doctrine. I now know I was so blinded by tradition I couldn’t see the plain truth of God’s word. AOR has shown me the difference between blindly following modern Christianity and being a faithful Bible believer. I give you no glory for The AOR, for I know your wisdom came from God, and I give Him all the glory. Neither do I glorify The AOR. But I do know The AOR is a lesser light that will lead others to the greater light. May God love you and continue His work through you.
AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN WORKING FOR WORLDWIDE MINISTRY:
“MY EYES AND THOSE OF AN OLDER CHRISTIAN (WHO IS UNABLE TO PUT DOWN AOR) HAVE BEEN OPENED. THIS BROTHER – A MIGHTY MAN OF GOD IN HIS SIXTIES – FINDS YOUR EXPOSITION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES TO BE A REVELATION”
I am working for a Ministry that requires me to search online for commentaries on Biblical doctrine, and thus came across TheSwordbearer.org, which immediately had the ring of truth about it. Because the heart of man is desperately wicked, I accept not my truth, but only the Truth that comes from the Holy Scriptures. Therefore during my widespread online examination of “Christian” material, I developed an ability to discern, based on the Holy Bible, the spirit in which some of these “Christian” sites are written. I hope you join me in prayer that the deceptive teachers who are peddling the Word of God for their own benefit over the Internet will repent before it is too late. Your writings are based on the Truth of Scripture, and my reason for getting hard copies of AOR was so I could pass them on and discuss doctrine with other seasoned Christians for the purpose of promoting true Biblical teaching. Your Bible study has opened my eyes about how Reason has stained me before God…and about other truths that have been on my heart for some years. By pointing out my lack of knowledge of the mind of God your book has burned me, brother, and I thank God that the Holy Spirit has used you to open up the Scriptures to me in a way that I will always be grateful for. For example, why the Bible would forbid the “knowledge of good and evil” has always been somewhat of a mystery to me, but now that I have studied through the Scripture as detailed in AOR it seems so clear …my eyes and those of an older Christian (who is unable to put down AOR) have been opened. This brother – a mighty man of God in his sixties – finds your exposition of the Holy Scriptures to be a revelation. Doubt not that the Holy Spirit has blessed the work of your hands and directed your path. I am grateful for your generosity of spirit, and hope we do not have to wait to meet in the Heaven above the heavens before I can thank you in person, Len. I ask in the Name of Jesus of Nazareth that the Lord God Almighty open a new window of blessing over you, your family, and TheSwordbearer.org. The copies of AOR you have sent will be used here in Australia for the edification of the church. Please pray for me and for those that I share your Good Work (AOR) with that we repent of Reason and more fully submit to God. And now…To War!
COMMERCIAL AIRLINE CAPTAIN:
“A POWERFUL BOOK, ONE-OF-A-KIND”
Yours is a powerful book, and based on what is on the shelves now, is a one-of-a-kind. You cut deeply across many lines of conventional thinking, and you develop your topics well.
55-YEAR-OLD FORMER SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST PREACHER:
“YOU ACTUALLY HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY…SOMETHING IMPORTANT”
As a preacher who has faithfully studied the Bible and also read many books by other Christian authors about doctrine, history, and the Christian walk, I was skeptical when I received your book. I was sure it would be filled with the same sweet nothings that now cause me to throw away most Christian books as wastes of time. But right away I could tell you were different: You actually have something to say and you never hesitate to come right out and say it – all the way through your book. And I was impressed by the fact that your ample Scripture references were relevant and convincing. But I was also angered; you challenged some of my traditional beliefs – and the Scriptures kept supporting you! Eventually I realized you really were onto something very important: Modern Christianity really is apostate. …I had to express my appreciation...
56-YEAR-OLD BIBLE SCHOLAR AND STUDENT OF HISTORY:
“NEXT TO THE BIBLE, THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK ON EARTH”
After much reflection I believe it is no overstatement to say The Age of Reason is, next to the Bible, the most important book on earth in any language.
CHRISTIAN HUSBAND AND FATHER:
“MY WIFE’S AND MY DAILY CHRISTIAN WALKS HAVE BEEN GALVANIZED”
To say that I appreciate what you have done would be just words. My wife’s and my daily Christian walks have been galvanized. I feel compelled to share with you some of the spiritual impact you have had on our lives... And I think you would respond by saying it is not you, but rather the Holy Spirit and His word – I think I would agree.
REFLECTIVE OLD FRIEND AND COMRADE:
“SOMETIMES AS I SIT AND PONDER SOMETHING YOU’VE WRITTEN, THE MAGNITUDE OF IT ALL HITS ME THAT IT HAS TAKEN YEARS OF DEVOTED STUDY FOR YOU TO HAVE PRODUCED THIS”
Prov 25:25 says that cold water is to a thirsty soul as is good news from a far country. And so is this work of yours. Sometimes as I sit and ponder something you’ve written, I think to myself, “If this is true, where have I been and how could I have missed this?” And then the magnitude of it all hits me that it has taken years of devoted study for you to have produced this. What thanks or appreciation could I possibly offer in response? It’s humbling to say the least. But it is nice when a heretofore difficult or strange Bible passage is suddenly seen in a light that renders understanding. It is then that I appreciate your book the most, for when the eyes are opened there comes a sweetness to the soul that can’t be described. Just wanted to let you know that I appreciate your, excuse me, “Herculean” efforts, and that I consider Age of Reason a pearl of great price.
CHRISTIAN HOUSEWIFE AND FORMER INTERNATIONAL MODEL:
“EXCELLENT FOR BIBLE STUDY GROUPS”
I have underlined and highlighted many sentences throughout your book because they make such good points I wish I could share them with all Christians. I now realize many of the things I learned in church are either wrong or they are trivial wastes of time…I had no idea you’d be so right. I know The Age of Reason is already used by at least one Bible school as a teaching text, but because it is so well written it would also be excellent for informal weekly Bible study groups and Christian book clubs, whether they use hard copies, laptops, or tablets (I already know of one women’s group that uses AOR as its study guide). The informative and very interesting chapters would generate many discussions in Christian groups and provide an enjoyable and effective way for Christians to help each other actually understand and master the Bible.
A BIBLE-BELIEVING WIFE AND MOTHER:
“YOU HAVE FED US WELL, MY BROTHER”
I have grown so much since studying AOR. Next to the Bible, it is the most important book I have ever read. I know you love God because His love shows through you...and thank you for being so gentle in your writings about married women in Trumpet Archive Bravo. The trumpets are, like all of your material, very well written and wholly edifying. It’s so sad that the church is not led by more wise men like you. I am so grateful that I have a mature brother who has worked so hard to warn us and help us to properly love the Lord. You have fed us well, my brother.
“ABSOLUTELY FASCINATING, RIVETING, ENLIGHTENING READING”
I’ve just finished the three chapters “Noah’s Flood”, “Where Is Heaven?”, and “The Gap.” Absolutely fascinating. No, I don’t like that word – how about riveting and enlightening reading. Having read the Bible a few times before, I never realized how much I missed until I followed your Scripture-referenced roadmaps on these topics. You present and backup sound arguments. My reservations about the six-day creation and the flood were my main resistance to putting full faith in the word of God. I am sure I am not alone in these reservations. You laid it out pretty well and detailed it thoroughly in your book.
FORMER PROFESSIONAL RODEO CIRCUIT COWBOY:
“OLD DOCTRINAL TRUTHS UNCOVERED”
No Christian who is motivated by the Bible can help getting joyful and excited at seeing the old doctrinal truths uncovered in The Age of Reason.
ACTIVE STUDENT OF THE WORD IN SINGAPORE:
“AOR IS EXCITING TO READ”
I would very much love to have a hard copy of this book. Please send it to [me here in] Singapore. Having read through the Holy Bible more than 30 times, in fact the NT double that number, I can relate to what you have written quite easily. I have the same understanding with what you wrote…but I could not have expressed it with such clarity as you have done. Brother, I am thankful for what the Lord has taught you. Your book is very exciting to read. It also challenges me to see some things that I have missed. Thank you again, brother Len, you have been a blessing as an elder saint whom the Lord has taught all these years. May our gracious Lord bless you many folds for your work of faith and labor of love!
BATTLE-SCARRED CHRISTIAN WARRIOR:
“PERCEPTIVE MESSAGE FOR THE CHURCH”
As I studied your book I learned that your entire Introduction is true. But right at the beginning all I knew was the Intro described me. At first I didn’t know if you were just perceptive or if you really did have a message for the church...both are the case.
PUBLIC UTILITY COMPANY MANAGER:
“I LOVE THE FRANKNESS AND STRAIGHTFORWARDNESS”
I don’t know if it was divine intervention or not, but I found your website while looking up professional designations. I love the frankness and straightforwardness of your message in AOR. Thank you.
PASTOR, EVANGELIST, AND BIBLE TEACHER:
“IT WAS A VERY PLEASANT SURPRISE TO DISCOVER ON THE INTERNET YOUR GREAT BOOK”
Hello from the Philippine Islands in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I am a pastor in an association of KJB-believing, fundamental, and independent Baptist churches, and we regularly go out to teach and strengthen the brethren, and are in dire need of sound Biblical material to help our national preachers in their study and ministry of God’s word. It was a very pleasant surprise to discover on the Internet that you have made available an excellent Biblical resource, your great book, The Age of Reason, and we have been spreading word about the availability of your free online PDF version of AOR. I am with you 100% over the fact that the church (even independent KJB-believing Baptist churches) has traditions and fundamentals that when weighed in the balances of God’s word, rightly divided, will be “found wanting.” I don’t know about American churches, but here financial gain, great attendance, and popularity are the name of the game among not a few. It might interest you to know a majority of Filipino churchgoers now actually prefer the “contemporary praise-and-worship, positive-only, feel-good, purpose-driven, promise-keeping, etc.” type of church…whatever that is! The very few small “old-time, Christ-honoring, sin-hating, hellfire-and-brimstone, Gospel-proclaiming, street-preaching” independent local churches like ours are mostly despised and rejected, if not altogether considered as dangerous cults by Catholics and liberal Protestants! We shall be praying for your ministry especially your book. May the Lord recompense your love for the brethren.
CANADIAN YOUTH PASTOR:
“YOUR BOOK HAS SHED LIGHT ON TOPICS I ALWAYS STRUGGLED WITH”
I was given a copy of your study book by a friend from the USA. Your book has shed some interesting light on some topics I always struggled with while growing up here in Canada. Thank you... May God continue to give you the wisdom to share the word through print and on the Internet. Continue to shine your light in this dark world, and know that you have helped me this day. All the best in your ministry.
HOUSEWIFE AND MOTHER WHO WAS AT FIRST OFFENDED BY ‘KJV’ AND ‘CUSSING’ CHAPTERS:
“I’M GLAD YOU DON’T SUGARCOAT OR TRY TO BE FLOWERY”
I’m really enjoying reading over your website. It’s so refreshing to find a Bible study that actually takes the word of God as the whole truth. I am especially delighted to see a brother in Christ walking in the full Truth of Christ, because we (my fellowship sisters and I) are waiting for the men in our lives to see the word of God as the whole truth. There is no one in my little circle of believers that is male, and you seem to be such an on-fire non-compromising disciple of Christ. …I do most of my studies in bed after putting my daughter to sleep, so a hard copy would be a blessing. As far as being offended, I’m glad you don’t sugarcoat or try to be flowery. That wouldn’t be truth. And actually, if you weren’t so direct and sincere, my spirit wouldn’t react positively. Besides, Jesus never sugarcoated, and neither should we. If I am offended by the word of God, it just means more of me needs to die, and I want that. The more crucified I am, the more the Lord can reign in me, the more I can do His work. So bring it on. Thank you so much, Len. In Christ Jesus…A Warrior!
A PASTOR, HUSBAND, FATHER, AND BIBLE BELIEVER:
“HOW SHALLOW, CARNAL, AND MISLEADING THEOLOGY IS”
All the way through AOR you have shared with us your wealth of unique insights into the Bible. But thank you for going beyond that by also teaching and demonstrating that knowing correct doctrine and acquiring in-depth Biblical understanding and wisdom do not come from theology-based study and research; it all comes from a real relationship with the Lord that is built upon believing the literal words in His Holy Bible. Now when I read the Bible it is astonishing – and wonderful – to see how much I understand and how perfectly it fits with all of Scripture and life. And it is horrifying when I compare the results of believing the Bible with how shallow, carnal, and misleading theology is. Thank you for loving the Lord and for sharing His love with us.
DISCERNING BIBLE STUDENT:
“YOU UTILIZE MORE OF THE BIBLE THAN DOES THE MODERN CHURCH”
I find the breadth and depth of your arguments convincing because you utilize more of the Bible than does the modern church, which ignores those things in Scripture that contradict its doctrines.
FAITHFUL STUDENT OF THE WORD (AND EXPERT PISTOL SHOT):
“YOUR WORKS ARE RICH AND FULL…YOU HAVE EDIFIED THE BODY”
I’m reading it through for the third time because with your writings I never get it all the first time. Your works are rich and full, and it takes me more than one “swipe” to pull it all out. With what you have shown me in the word of God, and the Lord providing the increase, I am gaining a perspective that is enabling me to see things in the Bible that I probably wouldn’t have noticed if I didn’t have the foundation you have helped me build. You have to a large extent enabled me. You have edified the Body, a work that will survive the fire. Good on ya!
51-YEAR-OLD NEW CHRISTIAN:
“THANK YOU FOR COVERING SUBJECTS THAT ARE AVOIDED BY TODAY’S CHURCH”
I am reading your book again now that I have covered the entire Bible for the first time. Tracking the Scripture references with a better contextual understanding of the Bible further strengthens for me the arguments you make. And thank you for covering subjects that are avoided and/or misunderstood by today’s church.
REFRESHINGLY HONEST AND HUMBLE CHRISTIAN (AND FORMER CARRIER-BASED NAVY FIGHTER PILOT):
“I FEEL ROTTEN…THANK YOU”
Being [shown that I] don’t have a clue hurt – especially when I thought I did. But hey, when you don’t have a clue you need someone to tell you, wounded pride notwithstanding. Nothing you said about the Truth offended me. Oh, my flesh may have tried to find fault with your method from time to time, but in reality I always knew you were right – even when I didn’t want to hear it. I could see that my personal, intimate relationship with the Lord could use attention. ...you have the kind of relationship I want with the Lord... I don’t know what it’s like to be that close to someone, to love someone that much, but I know it’s what I want. I want Him. I want to love Him so much that I would do anything He said, just because He said it, and that when I realize I’ve disappointed Him I could break inside. When I look at myself and see that I don’t have that yet, I feel rotten...thank you...
“I THANK THE LORD THAT I FOUND YOUR WEBSITE”
I thank the Lord that I found your website, and agree wholeheartedly with your teachings. May God bless you and your ministry!
SHORT AND SWEET:
“AOR IS AWESOME! ”
AOR is awesome!
ACTIVE CHRISTIAN IN COMPUTERIZED HEALTH SERVICES:
“YOUR BOOK COVERS IMPORTANT TOPICS OTHER BIBLE STUDIES IGNORE”
After reading your web site closely and seeing your motive for it and for your book, it speaks well of your Christian character and love for Biblical truth. Your book covers a broad range of important topics – including the British Enlightenment, a subject that other Bible studies ignore. May God bless you.
P.S. – would you mind if I posted a link on my site to your site?
THOUGHTFUL AND GENEROUS BIBLE BELIEVER:
“YOUR ONLY AGENDA IS THE BIBLE”
AOR is the greatest human work I have seen…One of the things I immediately noticed and liked about your website was that I could tell your only agenda is the Bible. You aren’t trying to sell us something, you aren’t ranting about this or that single issue with such intensity that you lose sight of what’s really important. My positive reaction to your web site is hard to describe because it’s more of a feeling, but when I’m on your site I say, “Behold! An Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile!”
Psalm 119:126 It is time for thee, Lord, to work:
for they have made void thy law.
Promoting Bible study over theology
because of the truth, the authority,
and the necessity of the Bible.