What One Fiction Writer Can Teach “Innocent” Believers

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 7:00 AM
May 16, 2016

Rex-Stout-imageThis blog’s bookstore has an expanding selection of novels and short stories by fiction author Rex Stout, who brings out significant truth under the guise of his super-genius private detective, Nero Wolfe.  Stout’s consistent theme is the utter evilness in the heart of those who know nothing of the love of God or His Son Jesus Christ.

Stout’s villains inevitably suffer from a common disease; they love money and will do anything to get it and keep it: lie, kill, anything! All of which proves an enduring axiom in God’s wholesale Christian Bibles: “For the love of money is the root of all evil  . . . (I Timothy 6: 10).”

Many of the over-whelming centers of guilt in Stout’s stories are extremely wealthy people. The men sit on boards of directions of banks, stock or other companies. The women have lives of ease resting on riches inherited from dead fathers or deceased husbands. They are taken from Stout’s era which was before, during and after World War II.

Some of these characters are so outlandish as to try to use such enormous wealth to hide their sins.  In one story, a woman killed her husband so he could not reveal she had lied on her tax return.  Another woman killed the ill-legitimate daughter of her extra-rich dead husband so that the girl could never lay claim to any of his–now his wife’s–millions.

In “The Father Hunt” one wealthy recluse used his millions, both to hide his sins and to dole out funds to assuage his guilt. But, ultimately God’s Word prove both goals remain eternally impossible.

As Scripture warns: “Go to now, [ye] rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon [you]. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten (James 5: 1 – 2).”

All people–both rich and poor–must understand that the final judgment day is coming. Indeed that is not fiction. As Apostle John writes The-Final-Judgement-Dayin Revelation 6: “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men,. . . hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”

Stout understood that day is coming. Unfortunately, the time of his “fiction” is past. The words in his vocabulary are too intellectual. And his themes are too deep. No, most in today’s heathen population cannot believe that the love of money truly is the ultimate evil!

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