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Holy Subversion: Allegiance to Christ in an Age of Rivals

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Christians are too often guilty of pledging their allegiance to the influential principalities and powers of this age rather than to Christ alone. In Holy Subversion, Trevin Wax challenges such behavior by urging a return to the subversive lifestyle of the earliest Christians. Their proclamation and demonstration that "Jesus is Lord" directly opposed the Caesar worship of ...more
Paperback, 159 pages
Published January 31st 2010 by Crossway Books (first published January 13th 2010)
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Dan Glover
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Lord" is the title that the New Testament writers repeatedly assign to Jesus Christ. Lord ("Kurios" in Greek) was also the title that Caesar took for himself. This is no coincidence. The original preachers of the gospel understood that at the heart of the message they were called by God to proclaim was the fact that God the Father had given Jesus all authority in heaven and on earth. Caesar was not the ultimate authority but King Jesus was. Caesar was not to be worshipped, although he demanded ...more
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The teaching calls you out of a life of living for your own and living for Christ. Unlike other books on idolatary, this one I think is more on the majesty of God and who is. You are not left with any doubts, however, you are left convicted of the heart. It is broken up of what is our Ceasars and helps you to see the idolatry in your heart and we are not much different from the Roman times. I think it is very easy to become blind to our idolatary and has we do, we become blind to who God is. It ...more
Dennis Henn
Apr 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
My envy stirs within me--A well-written, easy to read book on Christian living by a 28 year old who comes from a Reformed view of faith rather than the Emergent anti-creed, anti-church, humble-as-a-worm stuff so popular right now.
Jonathan Roberts
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, 2017
Trevin Wax is one of my favorite authors and this book did disappoint. Highlighting the idols we worship in our lives, this book is for any age group and should be read by all of us. Highest recommendation
John Gardner
Feb 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
I’ll admit that I was highly interested in obtaining a copy of the first book by Trevin Wax, who is the associate pastor of First Baptist Church in Shelbyville, TN. Not only is he a guy who is my age that writes a tremendous blog and received book endorsements from a “who’s who” list of pastors and theologians (Johnny Hunt, Al Mohler, J.I. Packer, to name a few), but he also has a Stevens Street connection. Wax has traveled to (and actually lived & studied in) Oradea, Romania, with our ver ...more
Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A lot of books have been written about idolatry lately. Many Christians are re-discovering Martin Luther’s idea about not being able to break any of the commandments without initially breaking the first and second. There is sound, biblical truth in these sentiments, and I’m glad that writers like Timothy Keller (Counterfeit Gods) and others have used their talents to practically apply this truth to our context in the 21st century. Add to that list Trevin Wax. His new book, Holy Subversion, is a ...more
Tommy Ardt Jr.
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Trevin Wax's book is all about subverting the things that often take God's place of preemenince in the lives of Christians. This book is practical and left me challenged to change several areas of my life, and perhaps this book could be compared to Francis Chan's book "Crazy Love." The writing styles of Chan and Wax are very different, but both men write for the purpose of calling believers to live lives fully committed to Jesus Christ. This book opens up with some good historical explanation ab ...more
Brandon Lehr
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
What would it look like if Christians actually lived their lives according to their beliefs? If they lived their temporal lives in accordance with their eternal hope?

In a word, persecution. We get a glimpse of this when we take a look at the Christians of the first century. They turned the whole world upside down, and in turn, the world turned on them.

But why?

Because these pesky, troublesome Christians were different. They didn't worship the Caesar who could put them to death. (Didn't they real
Jan 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
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I like to think I'm partial because I know the author, but I think this book has some great points about modern day idolatry. Many Christians today proclaim the name of Christ, but their lives look just like the world. This book deals with how our individual lives could make a cultural change if people are willing to turn away from the modern day idols such as self, career success, and money. This book caused me to examine my life to make sure that my behavior is lining up with the Jesus that I ...more
Aug 05, 2010 rated it liked it
A short and light book that biblically describes what it means to live "in the world", but not "of the world" as Christ did. This book in one sense establishes the lifestyle that not only glorifies Christ in obedience - but also proclaims Christ for His glory. Trevin Wax explains how the subversion of idols proclaims Christ's lordship and what this subversion looks like. Wax also rightly proposes a model for a Christ-centered gospel presentation that does not privatize or personalize the gospel.
Riley Sheehan
Dec 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Holy Subversion is a short, good book. It flies at 10,000 feet, but not at the expense of being brutally practical. Similar to Tim Keller's Counterfeit Gods, Wax's book hits at many common American evangelical idolatries, and is deeply convicting.

This was easily my favorite quote from the book, from a section on the idolatry of power:

"Whereas the world may estimate our rank and authority by how many people are serving us, God estimates our rank by how many people we are serving."
Budi Kurniawan
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Clear, concise and straight to the point, this book deals with modern day idolatries such as success, wealth, power, sex and leisure. It provides practical but sharp ideas and concepts that can be applied straightaway in subverting our allegiance back to Christ. In this postmodern era, this book is a gem that every Christian can reap its benefits for the growth of their faith, proclaiming and witnessing Christ-centered faith.
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book at precisely the right time. There's a challenge here to surrender our egocentric view of the universe. The gospel and God's plan of redemption is one that is presented in scripture as radically God centred. I needed to here this while preparing a message on Jonah 4. God's question to Jonah, "do you do well to be angry?" challenged his Jonah-centric outlook in a very straightforward fashion. Great wee read.
Bruce Baker
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Trevin Wax did a good job helping the reader see the need to be subversive toward this world's "Caesars" - self, success, leisure, money, sex and power. The key is putting the Lordship of Christ on display through our lives and choices for the world to see. Simple, bib;ical and to the point.
Clint Sanchez
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
hands down the best book ive read this year. the author chin checked me from the first to the last chapters, exposing idols in my ownlife. if you want your ears tickled,this is not the book for you. but if you want to be challenged in your walk, it is.
Feb 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
"With Francis Schaeffer-like instincts and insight, Trevin Wax aptly identifies the idols of our time and compellingly calls Christians to live against the world for the world."
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
A simple, clear, well-written book, designed to help Christians resist a variety of competitors for their spiritual allegiance. Helpful as an aid to self-reflection and self-examination.
John Richards
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed his perspective on the Caesars of the day in both First Century and today. Great read.
Jared Totten
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
A fast read (only 147 pages) but well worth your time! I would recommend (or loan) it to anyone!
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Trevin Wax is the Bible and Reference Publisher for LifeWay Christian Resources. A former missionary to Romania, Trevin hosts a blog at The Gospel Coalition and regularly contributes to The Washington Post, Religion News Service, World, and Christianity Today, which named him one of thirty-three millennials shaping the next generation of evangelicals. His previous books include Counterfeit Gospels ...more
“Our churches are parroting the surrounding culture’s definitions of success. We have consumers (the congregation), a board of directors (deacons or elders), and a pastor CEO that we hire to give us results. Success is getting people in the door. Traffic. Marketing. Visibility. One of the reasons why some young people in their twenties have abandoned the church is that corporate-style Christianity is just a poor imitation of what we see in the world. It’s what we get everywhere else.” 1 likes
“Modesty Chastity includes modesty. How we dress matters. Studies show that people who dress up on the day of an exam tend to score higher marks than those who dress sloppily. How we dress affects our behavior. Women who dress provocatively should not be surprised at the attention they receive and the kind of men they attract. Sadly, the fashions on display in church on Sunday mornings or at Wednesday night youth services too often mirror the fashions of the world. Christians should be constantly modeling modesty in the way we dress and in the way we act.” 0 likes
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