ROSEBORO — Gilbert Owens was happy to sign his autograph on the title page of his first published book. He’s looking forward to signing a lot more.
The local pastor recently printed “What The Church Will Not Teach,” an 81-page book. which focuses on a “Priesthood of Believers.”
“The church fails to let its congregates know that we are indeed more than the disciples of Christ,” Owens said about his book. “We are more than just members of a church. We are indeed priest of the Most High God. That’s how God see every believer, as a priest. Jesus Christ is everybody’s high priest.”
In the end, Owens explained how Bible scripture says Jesus Christ is going to present the kingdom to God, which will be filled with priests.
“This book is designed to teach the church what the kingdom of priests is and that every believer is a member of the Priesthood of Believers,” Owens said. “God sees every believer the same.”
He’s been working on the writing process for several years. After running into roadblocks with finding the right publishing company, Owens decided to start one on his own.
After several edits, things began to move fast. In the future, Gilbert Owens Publishing will produce a sequel to “What The Church Will Not Teach.” It will go into more detail about what priests are supposed to be doing in their daily lives.
“It going to focus on scripture that says priests are to make spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God,” Owens said.
Another book he’s excited about will not focus on religion, but politics. The tentative title is “The Brainwashing of the Black Democrat.”
In addition to his own work, he wants to work with other authors as well.
“Particularly those writing books for the first time,” Owens said. “Somebody helped me so I got to pass it down.”
For his first piece, Owens received assistance with page layout from The Graphic House and graphic design help from Solex Enterprises, LLC.
Owens’ first book signing for “What The Church Will Not Teach,” was held with members of Roseboro Nutrition Site, where he serves as the director. He wants to have libraries at the Roseboro Public Library and other churches in the area.
“I wanted to do it here with the senior citizens because they’ve always been very supportive,” Owens said. “A lot of them come from different churches.”
Before writing the book, Owens founded and continues to lead the Kingdom of God Ministries Church in Clinton. He also serves as Community Spiritual Director of the North Carolina Cape Fear Walk to Emmaus, a fellowship which develops Christian disciples within local churches.
He earned a bachelor’s from Fayetteville State University and a master’s in business administration from Clark Atlanta University. Owens also studied at North Carolina Central University School of Law.
He resides in Roseboro, his hometown, and is married to Janice Taylor Owens. Together they have four children and seven grandchildren.
“What The Church Will Not Teach,” will be available on Amazon and through Gilbert Owens Publishing by email at [email protected] or by calling 910-379-4562.
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