Today is the day my new book, The Solomon Seduction, is being released nationwide. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited. I typed the first word of the book almost two years ago. I spent hundreds of hours reading, researching, studying, writing, feeling frustrated, and sometimes even hopeless. To finally see the book launch is satisfying.
But my excitement was tempered this morning when I was reminded with a jolt that The Solomon Seduction is more than just paper and ink and glue. It’s a message that the world desperately needs to hear because good people like Solomon are still being seduced. When I jumped on Twitter this morning, the first tweet I saw was about Bob Coy.
For those of you who may not know, Bob Coy was the pastor of the 20,000-member Calvary Chapel in Fort Lauderdale. Outreach Magazine lists that church as the 14th largest in the United States. Mr. Coy resigned his ministry this past weekend because of a moral failure. The specific sin wasn’t named in the church’s press release, leading to rampant speculation.
In light of this heartbreaking revelation, I want to share the closing words of The Solomon Seduction. They are eerily relevant:
In Ecclesiastes 7:29, reflecting on his life and experience, Solomon said, “But I did find this: God created people to be virtuous, but they have each turned to follow their own downward path.” I am intrigued by those last ten words: “they have each turned to follow their own downward path.”
We’re all sinners, of course, but is it true that we each have our own downward path? That is to say, a specially designed path that leads away from God, one that has been meticulously tailored by Satan to fit our own unique needs, fears, longings, and weaknesses? And if so, what hope do we have of resisting this path? If Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, was seduced by his own downward path, can we even hope to avoid ours?
I believe the answers are yes and yes.
Yes, we all have our own downward paths.
And yes, we can hope to avoid them.
This is what The Solomon Seduction is about. I shine a spotlight on Solomon’s demise, showing how, all along the way, there were wake-up calls that he either missed or ignored. I know nothing about Bob Coy’s experience, but I have no doubt that he missed or ignored the very same wake-up calls Solomon did as he traveled his own downward path. Even now, many who haven’t yet been exposed and humiliated are hearing those same wake-up calls and will ultimately determine their own fate by either heeding them or not.
For the record, I don’t judge Bob Coy any more than I would judge David or Solomon or anyone else who has had a moral failure. A lot of bitter, angry words are flying in his direction today; I’d rather just pray for his healing and restoration, and for his family and congregation.
Ironically, it was Solomon himself who said, “Guard your heart above all else for it determines the course of your life.” (Proverbs 4:23)
He ought to know.