Monday, April 20, 2009

Guest Review: Christianity in Crisis: 21st Century by Hank Hanegraaff

About the book:

Without a shift in perception and perspective, the church is in horrifying danger.

Nearly two decades ago Hank Hanegraaff’s award-winning Christianity in Crisis alerted the world to the dangers of a cultic movement within Christianity that threatened to undermine the very foundation of biblical faith. But in the 21st century, there are new dangers—new teachers who threaten to do more damage than the last.

These are not obscure teachers that Hanegraaff unmasks. We know their names. We have seen their faces, sat in their churches, and heard them shamelessly preach and promote the false pretexts of a give-to-get gospel. They are virtual rock stars who command the attention of presidential candidates and media moguls.

Christianity in Crisis: 21st Century exposes darkness to light, pointing us back to a Christianity centered in Christ.

My thoughts:

(Actually, they're my hubby's thoughts. He has several of Hank Hannegraaff's books on his bookshelves, so I figured he'd be more equipped to do the review of this newly released book.)

Hank Hanegraaff’s Christianity in Crisis: 21st Century isn’t a new book, but it has information on new (and old) Word of Faith preachers. Hank starts by giving his cast of characters, which includes the likes of Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Joel Osteen, and Benny Hinn. Hank not only describes the teaching of these Word of Faith leaders, he also gives a brief history of how they came to be in the position they are now.

Hank spends a lot of time dissecting the false teachings of these people. He shows how these preachers twist Bibical scripture and inject falsehood and lies in place of the truth. After explaining the differences between the Word of Faith teaching and the essentials of Christian Doctrine, Hank shows you how to refute the teachings through acronyms and Scripture.

Hank does a great job of not only exposing the Word of Faith teachers, but also shows how these teachings are connected to New Age and Metaphysical beliefs. Hank’s explanations are very clear and he doesn’t try to go over anyone’s head. Some might see Hank’s words as bold, but honestly, he is laying the truth out for the reader to see.

I really enjoyed his book. This book does cover some of the same material that was included in Counterfeit Revival, but Christianity in Crisis: 21st Century goes into much greater detail. My only suggestion would have been to include a DVD or CD of the Word of Faith teachers as proof of their arrogant statements. In all, I would recommend this book to everyone as a very helpful resource.

4 Stars

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