Friday, July 26, 2013

No more Chocolate Soldiers!

The Chocolate Soldier is the classic little booklet written by C T Studd somewhere around 1912 that has inspired many to leave a wimpish lifestyle to stand strong for God and commit themselves to His cause. It is a stirring call to action written in the high noon of the Edwardian era just before World War I. Over the past hundred years it has gone through many printings and a number of editions. In 1989 WEC Publications produced a revised version that replaced some contemporary references with others more understandable to a young audience at the end of the Twentieth Century. But it has continued to be a stirring call to follow God no matter what.
Our stocks of this booklet have sold slowly over the years, but a recent resurgence of demand has brought that edition to an end. There are no more Chocolate Soldiers in print! However, it is still available online at in the original version.
Here is how this inflammatory booklet ends.

Come, then, let us restore the "Lost Chord" of Christianity—HEROISM—to the world, and the crown of the world to Christ. Christ Himself asks thee, "Wilt thou be a Malingerer or a Militant?"
To your knees, man! and to your Bible! Decide at once! Don't hedge! Time flies! Cease your insults to God, quit consulting flesh and blood. Stop your lame, lying, and cowardly excuses.
Enlist! Here are your papers and oath of allegiance. Scratch out one side and sign the other in the presence of God and the recording angel. Mark God's endorsements underneath:
For me
To live is Christ.
To die is gain.
I'll be a militant.                or
A man of God.
A gambler for
A Hero.

Sign Here 

For me
Chocolate my name.
Tepidity my
A malingerer I.
A child of men.
A self-excuser.
A humbug.

Sign Here 

God's promises are sure in either case:
"I am with you alway." "I will spew thee out of My mouth."

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