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The Chocolate Soldier Or, Heroism—The Lost Chord of Christianity   By: (1860-1931)

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"The Chocolate Soldier Or, Heroism—The Lost Chord of Christianity" by C. T. Studd is an insightful and thought-provoking book that challenges readers to reevaluate their understanding of true Christian faith. Studd, a prominent missionary and athlete from the late 19th to early 20th century, presents an engaging perspective on the concept of heroism within Christianity.

The book explores the prevalent societal mindset of Studd's time, where he observes a 'chocolate soldier' syndrome that permeates the Church. Studd uses the metaphor of a chocolate soldier to describe Christians who lack the courage and commitment needed to fully embrace their faith. He argues that while many believers may appear strong and righteous on the outside, they crumble under pressure or shrink back from the challenges of living out their beliefs.

Studd's writing style is captivating and his arguments are justified by both Biblical references and personal anecdotes. He emphasizes the importance of selflessness, sacrifice, and resolute determination in the Christian journey. Studd champions the cause of genuine heroism, urging Christians to shed their lukewarm attitudes and instead face hardships and conflicts head-on, just as military heroes embrace battles.

One of the book's remarkable strengths is its relevance even in our contemporary era. Studd's exhortation for Christians to be courageous and fearless echoes throughout the pages, reminding us of the enduring need for boldness in the face of opposition. He challenges readers to live out their faith practically, urging them to be more than Sunday churchgoers and instead actively engage in impacting the world around them.

"The Chocolate Soldier" is not just a call to action but also a reminder of the ultimate source of strength and courage in Christianity. Studd emphasizes the importance of prayer, seeking God's guidance, and relying on His power in order to become true heroes of faith. He emphasizes that heroism is not about achieving personal glory but rather surrendering to God's will and serving others sacrificially.

While some readers may find Studd's uncompromising approach demanding, his message is one that resonates deeply with those seeking a faith that goes beyond mere words. The author's own experiences as a missionary in China and Africa lend credibility to his teachings, and his fervent passion for the gospel is palpable throughout the book.

"The Chocolate Soldier Or, Heroism—The Lost Chord of Christianity" is a challenging and transformative read that implores Christians to reassess their commitment to their faith. Studd's inspiring words and unwavering conviction serve as a call for believers to rise above mediocrity and embrace a life of heroic faith. Regardless of one's religious background or level of spiritual maturity, this book encourages introspection and serves as a catalyst for personal growth.

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The Chocolate Soldier

By C. T. Studd

Christian Literature Crusade Fort Washington, Pennsylvania

"THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER" or "Heroism The Lost Chord of Christianity"

HEROISM is the lost chord; the mission note of present day Christianity!

Every true soldier is a hero! A SOLDIER WITHOUT HEROISM IS A CHOCOLATE SOLDIER! Who has not been stirred to scorn and mirth at the very thought of a Chocolate Soldier! In peace true soldiers are captive lions, fretting in their cages. War gives them their liberty and sends them, like boys bounding out of school, to obtain their heart's desire or perish in the attempt. Battle is the soldier's vital breath! Peace turns him into a stooping asthmatic. War makes him a whole man again, and gives him the heart, strength, and vigor of a hero.

EVERY TRUE CHRISTIAN IS A SOLDIER of Christ a hero "par excellence"! Braver than the bravest scorning the soft seductions of peace and her oft repeated warnings against hardship, disease, danger, and death, whom he counts among his bosom friends.

THE OTHERWISE CHRISTIAN IS A CHOCOLATE CHRISTIAN! Dissolving in water and melting at the smell of fire. "Sweeties" they are! Bonbons, lollipops! Living their lives on a glass dish or in a cardboard box, each clad in his soft clothing, a little frilled white paper to preserve his dear little delicate constitution... Continue reading book >>

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