Book Review: Hank Hanegraaff’s “Christianity In Crisis: The 21st Century”

When I wander through the channels on my TV set, on occasion I would encounter such individuals as Robert Tilton, Joel Osteen, Frederick Price and a curious set of worshippers on stage during “Praise The Lord” broadcast that included a lady with a huge pink hairdo. Stopping to watch these men of God and others not mention here would be enough for my ‘discernment alarms’ to go into overload. Names in hand, I would go to the internet to find out the facts and encounter websites both pro and con, and despite the rumors to the contrary, if it is on the internet, it is NOT ALWAYS true. Then Hank Hanegraaff’s book, “Christianity In Crisis: The 21st Century” came in the mail.

The book is an exposure of the Faith Teachers and their doctrines, doctrines that are well researched by Hank who presents them with more than adequate documentation. His examination of these ‘teachers’, how they twist the words of scripture to support their revelations from God, and even the hypocrisies that they are guilty of, but where followers face rejection when encountering the same difficulties in their message, especially when it comes to sickness and healing. Hank stress that there are many sincere Christians among the followers, and I have found this to be true with some members of my own local church.

Hank starts out with a cast of characters, listing the main and minor players of Faith and Prosperity teaching. He then takes apart four major aspects of the teachings of the faith movement, and how scriptures are twisted to make the doctrines work. Doctrines such as teaching that faith must be placed in Faith, not God, how we are gods ourselves, how Jesus needed to trick the devil in order to atone for our sins, that Jesus was rich and that we should be rich too (try telling that to my brothers in the Kenyan bush), and finally, if we are sick or suffering, it is our lack of faith that enables Satan to attack us. Finally, not to leave us with our hats in our hands, Hank goes and gives us the Basics, the essentials, that we might be more discerning and separate ourselves (and others) from this bunch.

If you are interested in spiritual growth in Christ, and you follow any of the faith movement teachers, including Benny Hinn, T.D. Jakes, Joyce Meyers, and dozens of others, then this book will give you strong facts that expose the fictions. Faith Teachers are not God’s anointed and scriptures do not support their claims. I would also recommend this book to anyone who is concerned with where the church has lost its footing, resorted to modified teaching to blend in with the world or if you are interested in returning to God and getting back on track. Unlike the faith teachers, this book, if heeded, if fully capable of healing you.

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~ by thoughtcrime2 on May 1, 2009.

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