Reflections on Literature

During the communist era, before 1989, there was virtually no Christian literature available in Romania, let alone in the native language! Despite the existence of a strong evangelical witness, churches and leaders were unable, for various reasons, to produce Christian literature there. With this in mind it has been a great privilege over almost twenty years for SGA to have been enabled to help finance the publication of good Christian books in Romania, produced by Dinu Moga’s ‘Faclia Publishing House’ based in Oradea.

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Dinu Moga

In this article Dinu reflects with ‘deep gratefulness for the way in which SGA has been able to support this ministry in Romania, to help promote and publish sound Christian literature and to help all those who train for the ministry or are eager to learn more about the great truths of the Word of God…’

Dinu maintains that the production of Christian literature is one of the most needed ministries for their churches. In the Communist era ‘the preaching, although faithful to the Bible, was often poor in doctrinal content and lacked the richness of God’s Word which the West has been able to offer for many centuries. But now we can offer to all our churches the possibility of getting expositions and commentaries on the Bible written by some of the most able theologians in the West’.

Funding is vital, says Dinu, for ‘the translation and printing of such books involves highly qualified people. The cost of producing such a book is more than doubled by the enormous amount of translation, editorial and design work which is generally done by at least five very competent translators and editors. When all the costs of translation and printing are added together, the retail price of the book becomes unaffordable for the believers in Romania due to the economic difficulties through which our country still goes. SGA’s financial support has helped us to continue our Christian literature ministry, so that pastors, church leaders, Sunday School leaders and theological colleges can access commentaries, biographies and theological treatment of various subjects in the study of New and Old Testaments.’

During the last two decades, SGA has supported the production of about twenty important books. Many are used as textbooks and designated as compulsory reading for students at Emanuel University. Among these are Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem, Know the Truth by Bruce Milne, D.A. Carson’s Call to Spiritual Reformation, and a selection of titles by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Dinu comments: ‘Many of these books are very large with a page count between 300 and 1300 pages. Some of them are very specialized and difficult to translate, thus requiring highly qualified people in theology and languages.’

The most recent publication funded by SGA is Stuart Olyott’s book What the Bible Teaches about The Person of Christ. This book is now completed and is available for purchase both in local Christian bookshops or online. When asked about its importance Dinu replied, ‘It is part of a series of books which we would like to produce for the general believers in our churches. It offers theological training for lay people. The book offers simple, but Bible-based answers to some of the key questions about the way in which the two natures of Christ co-exist. The language is simple and easy to understand by all Christians. The book exposes the fundamental errors of the cults and liberal theologians who either deny our Lord’s divinity or do not do full justice to His humanity. The book summons all of us to believe right, and to live well. This will be a book well worth reading and pondering.’

In closing, Dinu shares that his ‘greatest encouragement, is seeing these books being the source of a great blessing for the ministry of many pastors and students who train for the ministry. We receive many e-mails of appreciation and inquiries for new titles to translate… Please continue to pray for us and our work in Romania. Without the support of SGA, we would not have had the means to translate and print these books…’