Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Know the Heretics.

Know the Heretics (KNOW Series)Know the Heretics by Justin S. Holcomb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fun read and quite informative.  A couple of things I picked up.  1) Not every contrary teaching qualifies as heresy.  2) Many of the heresies seemed rooted in an overrraction or a desire to "help" the Scriptures explain things about God.

I was not able to see the significance of chapter 5 on Mani but it was interesting.
The greatest point to see was how pernicious false teachings are.  These aberrant "truth"-claims began immediately and rise up time and again.  Pelagianism,  Arianism,  Modalism,  etc attack the church relentlessly and the child of God must be diligent in Scripture so that he or she is not tossed to and fro by these winds of deceit.

This is a helpful,  easy,  interesting work on false teaching throughout the history of the Church.

I received a review copy of this book.


Tim Challies has done a series of articles on False Teachers that would couple well with this book.

Arius
Pelagius
Muhammad
Joseph Smith
Ellen G. White
Charles Taze Russell
Harry Emerson Fosdick
Norman Vincent Peale
Marcus Borg
T.D. Jakes
Pope Francis
Benny Hinn
Brian Maclaren

There may be some issues that the author and Tim might not see eye-to-eye on, I am not sure, but this is an excellent series to see how the heresies addressed in the book play out in our current world.

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