take two on “Haunt of Jackals” by Eric Wilson

So after doing my main blog for the book of October for CSFFBT, I actually had a chance to finish the book and I have some other thoughts on it.

While I still think that “Haunt of Jackals” by Eric Wilson is still a good read, there were a few places in it that I thought the actions of the characters did not suit their…well…character.

For instance, if they are so desirous to be in line with The Nazarene, then why Cal Nichols tell Gina Lazarescu (AKA Kate) that she should continue going to church…and then go on to explain that church was only getting together on the weekends, and hanging out with people, and doing other stuff…not actually going to church? Not fellowship together with the saints? Not meeting the on the Lords day to partake of the Lords Supper, to pray, to continue in the apostles teaching?  (see Acts. 2:42-47 ish) Where is the encouragement to read God’s word…the very word that “The Nazarene” inspired?!  I just thought that for them to be so against church, came across not as the characters convictions, but the convictions of the author. While I think that the authors have the “right” to have their convictions portrayed in the book, I think that the way it came across in the book just sent of flags of it not being in line with the characters character.

I hope this makes sense. Again, I still think it is a good read, albeit confusing for someone not well grounded in the scripture and a bit misleading in some areas, but still looking forward to the 3rd book.

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3 thoughts on “take two on “Haunt of Jackals” by Eric Wilson

  1. Thanks for the continued conversation. I’m glad to see you wrestling with the ideas in this book. One of those ideas is that “church” is much more than just a Sunday morning meeting, but a gathering of believers for fellowship, accountability, and sharing the Lord’s Supper. In fact, we see later in the book that Gina is part of a church and going to a women’s retreat with her church. In other words, she is connected, but she is learning to see that it’s not only about Sunday morning (in Jewish culture, it’s Saturday morning).

    In the book, what is actually said is:

    Cal says: “Didn’t we talk about this already–the principle of fellowship, sticking together, and all that?”

    Cal says: “You’re doing a good thing…Remember that ‘pure and lasting religion…means that we must care for orphans and widows in trouble, and refuse to let the world corrupt us.'”

    And the idea of communion, the Lord’s Supper: “Here…Let’s drink. Let’s do this in remembrance.” The attached vials contained Nazarene Blood, and precious as the substance was, it never seemed to run dry. In unison, Cal and Dov partook. The life was in the blood…life everlasting. And Yeshua’s peace came without fear.

  2. Cal also says: “I suggest you and Kenny keep poking your faces in at church.”

    “Church?”

    “It’s those people you’ve been hanging out with, the ones you made friends with…That’s church. The group of you getting together…going to the coast…Those Who Resist, just living their lives together and dealing with the thorns–no masks, no pretense, none of that. All in the honor of the Nazarene.”

    Can you imagine if church was really this way, all of us living daily in each others’ lives, dealing with our sins, no masks or pretenses, not only a once a week show, but a real, rubber-meets-the-road faith, such as we all say we want from the NT church in Acts–meeting in each others’ homes daily (not in buildings, but in homes)? I’m not putting down Sunday service, just saying it’s only the surface of a much deeper reality and relationship with God.

  3. thanks for the input Eric! its so good to hear it from the author himself what he meant! 🙂 I agree that the idea of ONLY being a “sunday go to meeting” christian is not a true christian. It is in every day living, every day examples, along with all the other stuff that Christ told us to do.
    I LOVED how Cal told Gina that it is “day by day by day”… “by day”! That is such a true statement. It is dying to ourselves daily and giving up our will and our desires for and to the giver of true life.

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