Are you a doer of the Word of God, or are you a hearer only?
This is the great dividing line of Christianity!
In Church Folks, the author, Algereida Cherry, blatantly and without hesitation or apology,
lays it all on the line as she asks the question, “Do you walk the walk, of a Christian,
or are you just talking the talk?
In today’s Christian society, under the dispensation of grace, many of us live a life of
comfort that is centered around the warm and fuzzy aspects of Christian life. Yes, God is
good, He is a God of grace and mercy, He is forgiving, and He is Love. However, love
ain’t always mushy.
Sometimes tough love is the only type of love that can set the captive free and bring us
to our highest and greatest good in Him. In Romans 6:1 the question is raised, “Shall we
continue to sin so that grace may abound?” The answer: God forbid!
Church Folks is not for the faint at heart Christian. It is for the Christian who is ready
to take their relationship with God and their impact on society to a supernatural level.
Mrs. Cherry delineates that Christians are to change the culture to reflect God; not to be
changed to reflect the culture. As Christians, we are to be the salt and light of the earth.
The book reveals the problem—we have lost our saltiness, and because we have lost our
saltiness, our ability to impact the culture has been diminished—and presents the solution
—to be doers of the Word of God and not a hearer only.
“Church Folks gives a panoramic view of what is keeping us from becoming
the people God wants us to be and thus changing the world for the better. Our
frequent reading and study of the Bible should compel us to live more Christcentered
lives and put into practical effect the teachings of scripture. But alas,
there is a great gulf between what we read and what we do.”
Rev. Dr. Ronald Benson
Pastor of Bethany First Baptist Church
San Antonio, Texas