Book Review: Christianity In Crisis 21st Century

I recently read the book "Christianity In Crisis: 21st Century" by Hank Hanegraaff.  I have read some of Hank Hanegraaff's work before and found it to be very good.  He does a great job of using the Bible in context.  That is why he has a radio program called Bible Answer Man that can be heard throughout the United States and Canada.  "Christianity In Crisis: 21st Century" was an interesting read.  It is a follow-up work to a book that Hanegraaff had written some twenty years ago that was called "Christianity In Crisis."  Both books deal with some "movements" that claim the title of Christian but have very untraditional theologies that prove them to be anything genuine Christian.

Some things that were really good about this work was that Hanegraaff gave some specific examples and didn't seem to be "attacking" a person.  He really made it a point to target the teachings and not the people themselves.  Though at times, Hanegraaff is very bold in his wording, I agree that with errant teachings, Christians do not need to be tolerant and worry about the feelings of other people.  I really think that the reason that many "teachers" of the kind of theology that Hanegraaff exposes in this work have massive followings because not many people have had the courage to stand up and call them to account.  I also really liked the fact that he cited all of his references so that someone could come behind him and check his work.  Hanegraaff is definitely not trying to hide anything.  He was rather calling some false teachings to be laid plainly on the table.

There were some things that I would have liked to seen differently.  I know that Hanegraaff was trying to give some credibility to what he was going to talk about, but the almost seventy pages of the "cast of characters" was a little long.  I know that there are many in this "word-faith" teaching, but it was just hard to get through all of the characters when they seem to be the same thing over and over.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who might be wondering about all these tv preacher guys (and ladies).  While not everyone on tv is teaching false doctrines, many are.  Sadly, many who are outside of faith in Christ base their belief of Christianity by what is readily available to them.  I think that this should encourage churches to get into their communities and be the true body of Christ and not leave it to someone who might be errantly representing Christ on tv to do so.


Olon Hyde said...

You said, "Sadly, many who are outside of faith in Christ base their belief of Christianity by what is readily available to them."

I would add to that, that it is sad that many who are "in tha faith" also base their "Christianity" on what is readily available to them. This is one reason I recently taught the students at my church what it really means when they say, "I am a Christian." I challenged them to think about exactly what they were claiming, because the truth is that many people call themselves a Christian and have no clue what that truly means.