Book Review: Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up

Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up (cover)David W. Bercot’s book, Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up, compares Christianity today (defined by the author as the Evangelical Church) with the early Christians (2nd through 4th centuries). The book is very easy to read, but contains some challenging and thought-provoking material, specifically for Evangelicals. But it is helpful for others as well.

This book shows the sharp contrast between what many denominations today teach and what the early Christians taught. The early Christians believed that salvation by grace was conditioned upon obedience, that baptism was tied to salvation, and that predestination refers to God’s foreknowledge, rather than His selection of certain individuals for salvation. Many denominations teach just the opposite (salvation by grace/faith alone, baptism not essential for salvation, God predestined some individuals for salvation and some for damnation).

This book helps one get an insight into what the early church was like and what they taught. But before I can recommend the book, I need to caution you about a few things:
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Book Review: Silenced Cries, A Study of Abortion

Silenced Cries, A Study of Abortion by Aaron ErhardtAbortion is one of the defining moral and political issues of our time. In his new book, Silenced Cries, A Study of Abortion, Aaron Erhardt provides some valuable material on the subject and presents it in a way that is easy to understand.

The book deals with every aspect of this issue. Aaron addresses the doctors and the abortion clinics, their tactics and procedures. He talks about the consequences, not just for the aborted child, but for the mother and the rest of the family. He responds to some of the common arguments in favor of abortion. In the book he also mentions the twisted irony that some of the ones who disregard the lives of unborn children are often the same ones who militantly defend the “rights” of animals and even plants.
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Book Review: On Civil Government by David Lipscomb

David Lipscomb’s book, “On Civil Government: Its Origin, Mission and Destiny and the Christian’s Relation to It,” was first published in the Gospel Advocate in 1866-1867, shortly after the time of the Civil War. His purpose of the book in the end was to try to show that citizenship in the kingdom of Christ requires that we remain separate from human governments, and that Christians are therefore to avoid holding public office, serving in the military, voting, and anything else that supports the human government. I do not agree with all of his conclusions. But much of the work in the book up to that point is very good.

Lipscomb began by establishing the fact that there are two types of government over man – the divine government (God’s rule), and human government. He demonstrated that human governments began as a rebellion against God. In the Bible, we first read of the beginning of Nimrod’s kingdom (Genesis 10:8-10) which developed into the central power of Babel, or Babylon (Genesis 11:1-9).
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Book Review: The Man of Galilee

man-of-galileeIn The Man of Galilee, Atticus Haygood sets out to show the reader that Jesus is the Son of God. He directs his writing toward the skeptic, and presents arguments that can be used to show the deity of Christ to someone before they believe that the Bible is the word of God.

Haygood addresses the claims that Jesus was an invention of the gospel writers and that Jesus was just a man. He makes his case by considering who the gospel writers were, and Jesus’ words, plans, worldview, and life to show that Jesus could be none other than the Christ, the Son of God. Overall, the material in the book was rather good.

However, there were a couple issues I had with the book. The first is the lack of Scripture citations. Granted, the author wrote this for the benefit of those who would not even acknowledge the Bible as God’s word. But even when one quotes a regular piece of literature or reference material, a citation is given. There is little to none of this in this book. So one who wants to verify that the quotations do in fact come from the Bible, or wishes to study them further, needs to have a concordance to find the verses Haygood cites.
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Book Review: Churches of the New Testament

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Churches of the New Testament, by Ethan Longhenry, discusses each local church that is talked about in the New Testament – the history & geography of the city, background of the church in that location (their founding and the challenges they faced), instructions and rebukes to these churches as recorded in the New Testament, as well as what happened to these churches after the time that we read of them in Scripture.

The book then goes on to discuss the application for us today. Learning from the examples of these churches, we see what God approves and what He condemns. Longhenry spends one chapter talking about the New Testament Church, representing this as the ideal we are to strive for as we consider the sum of the instructions to the various churches of the New Testament.
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