Book Review: Three Deceivers

Aaron Erhardt has a new book out called Three Deceivers. I had the privilege of writing the foreword for the book. The following is what I wrote.


Three Deceivers (cover)But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be maligned” (2 Peter 2:1-2).

The warning given by Peter about false teachers and prophets is just as relevant today as it was when the Holy Spirit inspired the apostle to pen these words. There will always be those who proclaim teachings that are contrary to the message contained in the Scriptures. And as Peter pointed out, many will follow their error.

Because of the influence that false teachers and prophets have, they must be exposed (Romans 16:17) and refuted (Titus 1:9) so that others will be warned not to follow them. This is what Aaron Erhardt has done in this book – exposing and refuting the errors of three deceivers. While it is true that “many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1), Aaron focuses on Ellen G. White, Mary Baker Eddy, and Emanuel Swedenborg. These individuals have led many from the truth in the past and their teachings continue to influence people today.

This book represents many hours of research into the teachings of these deceivers. Yet Aaron, as he has done so well on other subjects, has taken the material and presented it in a clear and concise manner for the reader.

This material is beneficial for two reasons. First, and most obvious, it is helpful in our efforts to defend the truth on occasions in which we have an opportunity to talk with those who may have been influenced by these three particular deceivers. Second, it serves as a reminder of just how discontented many people are with the Scriptures. Though God has revealed “everything pertaining to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3), so many people want more. So they will look for something more to believe – whether it is the alleged voice of the Spirit that speaks to their heart or a fanciful Star Wars type universe envisioned by Swedenborg. This should remind us of the necessity to emphasize the completeness and all-sufficiency of the Scriptures.

I commend this book to you and trust that you will find it to be a valuable resource.


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  1. Cheryl Folston says

    I dont know. I think if he did not include Joseph Smith of the Mormons, I’m not sure he knows what he’s talking about.

  2. Cheryl, it’s hardly fair to conclude that the author didn’t know what he was talking about simply because he didn’t include Joseph Smith. There are many deceivers, this material just focuses on three.

    Aaron does address Joseph Smith as a false prophet in this video – Latter-Day Prophets Part 5 (Joseph Smith Jr.) By Evangelist Aaron Erhardt