Lou Poumakis is a retired electrical engineer. He practiced this profession until his retirement in 2002 but has been a serious student of God’s word since his conversion in 1974. He was ordained as elder in the Christian Reformed Church and later as minister in the Federation of Reformed Churches. Early on, he was attracted to the work of R. J. Rushdoony at Chalcedon Foundation where he discovered Postmillennialism and Christian Reconstruction. These doctrines reflected a truly Biblical Christian faith that possessed a dynamic that contrasted favorably with the passive outlook that predominated in what he had seen elsewhere. Faith on Earth? is primarily based on information garnered from this source. Before writing Faith on Earth?, he published several articles relating God’s word to current events. He and his wife Joan, who have been married since 1955, now live in Florida. They have been blessed with two children, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Welcome Lou. We are excited to have you here. How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing publicly for five or six years.
Are you a morning or an evening writer?
Who is your greatest source of inspiration?
R. J. Rushdoony
Tell us about your latest book. What is it about and what inspired you to write it?
Faith on Earth? addresses the decline in Christian influence in the West over the last two centuries and locates the source of the problem in a truncated view of the kingdom of God. God’s kingdom is now generally seen as being restricted to the church instead of the entire world culture. This has limited the work of Christians to evangelism and prevented the Christian faith from impacting the culture as it did in the past. The book sees this as the central factor in the decline of Christian values and the rise of humanistic influence throughout the world. It describes what needs to be done to correct this situation and then holds out hope for the future. It is not a heavy theological treatise but is easily understood by the average reader. True Christians will find it to be an encouragement and a challenge.
I decided to write it because I didn’t know of any books that addressed the subject in sufficient depth and in a compact and easily understood form.
Who is this book written for and have you always written for this market?
It is primarily directed to Christians, but could also be useful for anyone interested in learning what Christianity is all about. I have always written for this market.
What is different about your book compared to other books out on the market?
It is different from what one hears from most pulpits today in that:
- It is optimistic for the future. It sees the Great Commission as being fulfilled and the Christian faith as the faith of the whole world before the Lord returns.
- It places the responsibility for accomplishing this, not just with pastors and missionaries, but with every believer, with all true Christians.
These are not just new ideas but they reflect back to historic Christianity as demonstrated in the extensive work of the late philosopher/theologian R. J. Rushdoony. These concepts are gaining the support of committed Christians both here and abroad. The book is solidly based on Scripture yet easily understood by the average reader.
What was the most challenging part of writing this book? The most rewarding?
My greatest challenge in writing was in selecting and organizing the material in an orderly and coherent presentation of God’s truth as it applies to Christian responsibility and purpose in this world. Most churches focus their teaching with a view to the benefits that can be realized rather than the responsibilities involved in the faith.
Most rewarding was the sense of satisfaction in finally getting it all put together and, hopefully, having done something that will contribute to the furthering of God’s kingdom in this world.
What do you hope readers will learn from your book?
I would like to see the readers gain a better understanding of the significance of what it means to be a Christian in today’s world.
Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?
It is available at Amazon or at the publisher:
Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more about you and your work?
The website is http://faithonearth.net/
Thanks for joining us today, Lou. We wish you great success.