Killing Kryptonite: Destroy What Steals Your Strength:
A Book by John Bevere:
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m one of the biggest Superman fans out there. From the comic books to the movies, to almost every incarnation on television (from Smallville to some recent cameos on Supergirl), I love to drink it all in. He is the world’s greatest superhero! Needless to say, I’m super pumped about the new Justice League movie hitting theatres this month!
As a pastor, preacher and teacher for almost 25 years, I have discovered many parallels between the fictional story of Superman and the true story of Jesus Christ. I wrote a booklet many years ago called “Son of God and Man of Steel” which details the similarities between Jesus and Superman (let me know if you would like a free copy of this ebook!). Using the Superman metaphor, I once preached a series on the book of Acts called: “Super: Naturally: How to Add God’s Super to Your Natural.”
And so, when I first heard about John Bevere’s new book, Killing Kryptonite, I was very excited to read it! Consider this blurb for the book from Messenger International’s website:
Just like Superman, who can leap over any hurdle and defeat every foe, followers of Christ have the supernatural ability to conquer the challenges we face. But the problem for both Superman and us is there’s a kryptonite that steals our strength.
Of course, both Superman and kryptonite are fictional. But spiritual kryptonite is not. This book offers answers to why so many of us are unable to experience the divine strength that was evident among first-century Christians.
In Killing Kryptonite, John Bevere reveals what this kryptonite is, why it’s compromising our communities, and how to break free from its bondage. Not for the faint of heart, Killing Kryptonite is anything but a spiritual sugar high. This is serious truth for any Christ-follower who longs to embrace the challenging but rewarding path of transformation.
I love the one line that says, “Not for the faint of heart, Killing Kryptonite is anything but a spiritual sugar high.” In a Christian publishing world overstuffed with an ever-increasing amount of candy-coated bubble-gum fluff, it was refreshing to read such a solid, Biblically based trumpet call to the church of Jesus Christ for such a time as this.
This is definitely not a book for the Christian who wants to settle for the so-called ‘best life now’ of mediocrity, compromise and lukewarmness, but for those who are dissatisfied with church-as-usual. Like John Bevere, my heart’s desire is to contend for signs and wonders to be restored to the church today!
John writes, “Are we as effective as the early church was in reaching their world? … Let’s be honest in our assessment. We’ve avoided the elephant in the room by saying, “God doesn’t move like this any longer.” It’s as if we’ve contoured the gospel to align with our condition. We seem to draw back from – at times even disdain – anything that promotes power, strength, success, abundance, fruitfulness, or health. We say such a message is extreme, unbalanced, and self-serving. In doing so, we actually protect ourselves from having to answer some hard questions and give ourselves an excuse for not impacting our world with the gospel.”
Explaining the kryptonite metaphor that is the basis for this book, John Bevere writes, “Kryptonite not only neutralized Superman’s otherworldly abilities, but it also made him weaker than a mere human being. Our (spiritual) kryptonite does the same.” What is our spiritual kryptonite? SIN. “If sin is not dealt with,” Bevere writes, “it can do to the believer what kryptonite could do to Superman, even to the point of death.”
In true prophetic fashion, John Bevere shouts out a challenge to today’s church:
“We have to decide: Do we want kryptonite’s effects to hinder our strength as supernatural ambassadors for God? … Or do we want to see the kingdom advanced, fulfilling the vision of the glorious latter temple (church)? In embracing kryptonite, we give up our vigor, vitality, otherworldly powers, and ability to turn the world upside down.”
“I’m not one for settling. I’m not for losing our God-given vitality, life, strength, health, and ability to show the lost world a living Savior and King. I believe there are many who are fed up with merely existing – with barely surviving.” I am one of them – are YOU?
Like I mentioned earlier, this is no soft little ear-tickling message. John boldly declares, “Sin is not something to mess with. It is very powerful and can change a heart quickly. The scary thing is that in a hardened state, our hearts and now deceived and we believe we are right when in reality we are not.”
In addition to a general challenging message to all Christians, Bevere also directly challenges the leaders of the Christian church – including pastors, teachers and ministers. He writes, “Many professing Christians only want to hear words that make them feel good, and because of covetousness and the fear of man, many ministers are willing to only speak words that encourage their followers. In these cases, all the sweet words sound wonderful, but they are lacking and will lead both leaders and followers to an undesirable place. We need to hear the truth, even if the truth hurts at first.”
“In neglecting to confront sin, we’ve weakened our churches and communities, and consequently, our towns, cities, and nations are not seeing God’s glory… Please join in and resolve to herald truth, whether it is popular or unpopular, whether welcomed or unwelcomed. Speak the Word of God that will bring change to lives, communities, cities and nations. Doing anything else is refusing to love our neighbours.”
Another one of the themes that John Bevere brings out loud and clear is the importance of Biblical repentance. “The New Testament presents a clear message: There is no salvation without repentance from sin. You cannot marry Jesus while still in relationship with the world. You have to die to your old life in order to begin your new one… repentance is essential to maintain intimate fellowship with God.”
In the closing chapter, Arise, John Bevere brings it all home with great inspiration:
“Why are the superhero movies the most popular of all time? … We know we were created for more, and our superheroes model our unspoken internal longings… Think of Superman. When the impossible looms, overwhelming adversity arises, and all seems hopeless, immediately Clark Kent slips out of the Daily Planet, enters a phone booth, and moments later, charges to the rescue. We love feeling the exhilarating sensation of him conquering enemies that seemed unstoppable. We’re ecstatic when injustice is brought to a halt, victims are liberated, and society is put back into its right order.”
“So there it is. You are called by God to be a hero, a champion, one who wins in life and makes a difference in your world of influence. Be strong, be courageous, draw close to the King, because He desires you. He longs to be close to and empower you. He is for you. He believes in you and, most importantly, He loves you with an everlasting love. You are one of the true superheroes of this earth… so kill kryptonite, annihilate it, and don’t give it any place – not even a slight opening – in your life. You were made for great glory and strength. Mighty one, you have a destiny, and this world needs you to fulfill it!”
If you are tired of the usual, and want to be challenged in your heart to go deeper in your personal relationship with Jesus, to walk in more freedom from sin, and impact your world with the power of Gospel of Jesus Christ, then this book will challenge you on that journey!