VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- "Forgotten Word," Sam Jane Brown's increasingly popular, action-packed murder mystery that also serves up a profound vision of the Second Coming, has raised the hackles of numerous Christian thinkers. At the same time, the book seems to vindicate those who have feared for years that Barack Obama is on the verge of decreeing the end of Christianity in the United States. The book's "sin" is to describe the Jesus of the Second Coming as a woman rather than a man along with the eradication of religion.
"Why shouldn't Jesus be a woman?" asked Brown. "People are devouring this book because it resonates with their belief systems, regardless of what the Church tells them to think. One thing's for sure and that's that I'm making people think out of their vanilla nutshell."
A Major site devoted to traditional Christianity, blasted "Forgotten Word" in an online article. The site stated, "Jesus Christ is not a woman, yet for some reason secularists like to position Him as female, transgender or anything but the Son of God. The latest example of a blasphemous approach to Christ comes from a Sam Jane Brown novel called 'Forgotten Word.'" "Isn't it time to break out of the mold? A female Jesus? At the end of the day we have the ordination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT) clergy who are open about their sexuality (or gender identity if transgender), are sexually active if lesbian, gay, or bisexual, or are in committed same-sex relationships is a debated practice within some contemporary Christian Church communities," says Brown.
"Forgotten Word" is set in a world of high intrigue in the church. Brown's novel sets up its story with the murder of Catholic priests. The crime provides the catalyst to tell the story of the impending Second Coming. Zena McGrath, an international detective, is assigned the duty of solving the murders. Her investigation leads her to the Vatican, where she meets a mysterious priest. In New York, she becomes aware of an evil presence following her. Ultimately, she goes to the Holy Land as the perpetrators of the crime are revealed. The book culminates in a climactic Second Coming, in which the "Christ" figure is a woman.
Fans of the book have also noted that the plot of the book aligns with a commonly held fear that Barack Obama is about to misuse his executive authority to ban Christianity in the United States. This concern has been widely reported in the press. For example, The Conservative Post wrote "Here's How Obama Plans to 'Wipe Out' Christianity from Our Military." The article cites the fact that the administration has been working closely with The Military Religious Freedom Association, a "known atheist" group, according to The Conservative Post. The article quotes Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (Ret.) as saying, "Free exercise of religion dates back to the beginning of our military, all the way back to George Washington bringing chaplains into the military. The very people that are now being threatened are the people out there defending the 1st amendment right."
Obama has been further criticized in the media for condemning Christians for speaking their minds. This sort of political-religious intrigue also figures prominently into the book, "Forgotten Word." The Washington Times, for example, published an article that stated, "In a wide-ranging conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson, President Obama suggested that Christians who take their religion the most seriously often adopt an 'us versus them' mentality."
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