“Christian” Books Every Christian would be better off NOT Reading, Part Three

wolf-in-sheeps-clothing“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves” (Matthew 7:15).
 
“Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment” (James 3:1).
 

The Word of God warns that those who decide to become teachers are to be held accountable for what they say. I believe this applies as well to those who write books that are meant to help or instruct the reader, especially if they choose to write about the things of God for the profit of the people of God. With so many works being published by Christians for Christians, God’s people more than ever need to be discerning, like the Bereans of Acts 17, who compared what they heard preached with what the Scriptures taught.

In Parts One and Two of this series, I brought to your attention several books that I feel are not very profitable for Christians to read: Continue reading ““Christian” Books Every Christian would be better off NOT Reading, Part Three”

“Christian” Books Every Christian would be better off NOT Reading, Part Two

“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…and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words” (II Peter 2:1-3).


In Part One of this series, after some introductory remarks about the purpose of this series, I shared concerns and reviews of three books:
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#1 – Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins
#2 – The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson
#3 – Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

This week we take a look at three more books which have been popular in Christian circles in recent years. Unfortunately some of the books being discussed here I’m afraid have done more harm than good for the cause of Christ and His church. As before, for each book I provide links to complete reviews found on other sites, as well as a few alternative reading suggestions. Continue reading ““Christian” Books Every Christian would be better off NOT Reading, Part Two”

“Christian” Books Every Christian would be better off NOT Reading, Part One

I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;  which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!  As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!” (Galatians 1:6-9).
 

And now for something completely different…

One of my original purposes for creating this site was to introduce and recommend books that I believe every Christian should read. My lists of non-fiction, fiction, history and biographies are works in progress to which I add as I discover new books that I feel are worthy to be included. On the other hand, there are some books that are not worth anyone’s time and energy to read, regardless of personal taste and preference, and that includes, unfortunately, books that are written by and for Christians. In this three-part series I would likebooks- in-dumpster to focus on eight such books, and believe me, I know there are many more where these came from! (One writer states, “A dump truck would not be large enough to haul all of the heresy out of a typical Christian Booksellers Convention.” I’m afraid I might agree.)

For the most part, I strive to make my site and articles positive, so this article may be taken as being negative and critical. But sometimes critiques can be useful. My intent is not to judge the character, motives or the spiritual status of any of these writers, but merely to bring attention to the problems, concerns, and in some cases dangers found within these works. Continue reading ““Christian” Books Every Christian would be better off NOT Reading, Part One”