Based on Mackintosh’s lecture on the first three chapters of Daniel, Discipleship in an Evil Day draws connections between Daniel’s experiences and the contemporary challenges faced by the church. The prophet Daniel and the modern church find themselves in similar situations: both are tempted to yield to surrounding influences, and both are called to submit to God. Most importantly, both the church and Daniel are called to model discipleship.
But how is the church meant to practice discipleship in a hostile and formidable culture? According to Mackintosh, the life of Daniel serves as an important reminder that God’s love for Daniel in exile matches his faithfulness to the church in the present. In Discipleship in an Evil Day, Mackintosh draws parallels between Daniel’s life and the life of the church in order to encourage the church toward greater discipleship in the present.
Man’s complete ruin in sin, and God’s perfect remedy in Christ, are fully, clearly, and often strikingly presented [in Mackintosh’s writings].
—Andrew Miller, a leader of the Plymouth Brethren movement
Charles Henry Mackintosh (1820–1896) was notable for his work in philanthropic work during the Irish Potatoe Famine which affected much of Ireland, Scotland, and England at the time. He converted to Christianity through correspondence with his sister and through reading John Darby's Operations of the Spirit.