A Look at a Book
The Chocolate Soldier
by C.T. Studd
Every true soldier is a hero!
Every true Christian is a soldier!
Join the ranks!
So reads this small but formidable pamphlet by C.T. Studd from beginning to end. It is titled The Chocolate Soldier, but has a subtitle: HeriosmThe Lost Chord of Christianity. As Studd fires on, the reader quickly begins to see the contrast in a Chocolate Soldier (who dissolves in water and melts at the smell of fire) and a Hero (whose very breath is battle) and may then make a determination in which camp he lies. We must divorce Chocolate and Disobedience and marry Faith and Heroism, says Studd, his every word a battle call to be true soldiers for Christ.
Studd hails the heroes of the Scriptures, saluting their desperate ventures for Christ. Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, John the Baptist, Paul. Not an ounce of chocolate in any of them. The secret of these real men? They had but one Director, the infallible One, who requires instant obedience but not the endorsement of any man. You will be truly fortified as you read of these heroes who knew God only, trusted God only, and obeyed God only. You will be sobered and encouraged as you read how some of these heroes joined the ranks of Chocolate Soldiers and the secret of how they got out again.
One by one, Studd picks off the Chocolate Soldiers in the Bible. Rueben, Meroz, Balaam, Demas and the ten spies. Ruthlessly, he rebukes all Chocolate Soldiers for fearing man and not God. Chocolate Soldiers, he says, refuse to judge, rebuke or put away evil. The Christians battle is against the evil one and Chocolate Soldiers merely go to see battles and coolly urge others to fight them. They know nothing of the ammunition given us by Godthe power of the Holy Spirit being in us good, straight, bold, unconquerable, heroic.
I urge you to read this pamphlet, and its both convicting and inspiring message. Those of us who will fight must fight to set up the throne of Christ all over the world. It is not small things that God despises, but Chocolates. God has no use for Chocolates. Are you one?
Janie lives in Boone, North Carolina with her husband, Steven, and their daughters, Stephanie (6) and Anna (4).
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- Our Foundations
- Editors Note
- Amazing Grace
- The Swaying Battle of Faith
- Zerubbabel Focus: The Book Ministry
- Tape Talk
- British Easter
- Commit Your Way to the Lord
- A Look at a Book
- BIBLE STUDY: MAN-A VESSEL
- Message from Norman
- A Movie Classic
- Garbage In… Garbage Out
- Gods Sovereignty in Success and In Failure
- Great is His Faithfulness