Samson: The Modern-Day America
by Stephen Ray Williams
LitFire Publishing

"…Samson’s…big weakness was not women, necessarily, but self; he had an I problem. He wanted to do things his way and not God’s way."

Williams chose the life of Samson, one of Israel’s early judges, as the theme for his book. The Bible tells the dramatic prophesy given to his parents regarding his birth. He would judge Israel against their enemies, the Philistines, for twenty years. Early chapters of this book tell Samson’s story by identifying similarities of this Old Testament judge’s life to others. In the New Testament, he is compared to both Jesus and the Prodigal Son.

For example, Angels appeared to his and Jesus’ mothers foretelling an upcoming birth and how to order that child’s life. Commands specific for Samson were never cutting the hair of his head or touching any unclean thing. These were part of a Nazarite’s vow as a person dedicated to Israel’s God. In addition, the Prodigal son and Samson each wrongly commanded his father. One son said “give me” the portion of goods that is mine. Samson said when referring to the Philistine woman, “get her for me.” In the Old Testament, Samson’s lust for Philistine women is compared to King David with Bathsheba. David confessed his sins to the prophet, but Samson never did…although he judged well for twenty years.

Later chapters in William’s book apply mistakes Samson made to modern evangelicals. As the Henry Morris Study Bible warns, there is “serious danger of starting down that same slippery slope...compromising with evolution…feminism, and occultism.” Williams believes that “in America, we do not have an oil problem, an economic problem, or a food-shortage problem. We have a heart problem, a priority problem, and a spiritual problem.” Does Samson’s life carry an end-time message? Has America moved away from God? A math whiz, the author simplifies answers by reducing them to computer binary code: 1 or 0; Yes or No.

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