Christianity In Crisis: The 21st Century by Hank Hanegraaff
A Much-Needed Critique
Nearly two decades ago Hank Hanegraaffs award-winning Christianity in Crisis alerted the world to the dangers of a cultic movement within Christianity that threatened to undermine the very foundation of biblical faith. But in the 21st century, there are new dangers-new teachers who threaten to do more damage than the last. These are not obscure teachers that Hanegraaff unmasks. We know their names. We have seen their faces, sat in their churches, and heard them shamelessly preach and promote the false pretexts of a give-to-get gospel. They are virtual rock stars who command the attention of presidential candidates and media moguls. Through make-believe miracles, urban legends, counterfeit Christs, and twisted theological reasoning, they peddle an occult brand of metaphysics that continues to shipwreck the faith of millions around the globe:
Christianity in Crisis: 21st Century exposes darkness to light. and postmodern Christians have taken the bait. it raised serious problems deserving a close critique. riches and selfimprovement. Not surprisingly. popular.
. the Health and Wealth Gospel. unbelief. Being poor is a sin. greedy. postmodern Christians are being transformed from cultural change agents and initiators into cultural conformists and imitators. these `gospels' emphasise the belief that God wants all his followers to be rich and never in material want. and that any sickness (like poverty) is an indication of sin. He speaks. the biblical model of faith has given way to an increasingly bizarre array of fads and formulas. the Word of Faith Movement.
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This is an updated and expanded version of a book which first appeared in 1993. As a result. In the original volume Hanegraaff carefully examined a growing. yet problematic movement within Christian circles. and lack of faith. pointing us back to a Christianity centered in Christ. it was Jesus who was refusing to be the Messiah to the Jews! You create your own world the same way God creates His. and that we have the power to create our own reality by the spoken word. this movement which so much emphasises material blessings. that believers should always enjoy good health. America. The Jews were not rejecting Jesus as Messiah. Pop culture beckons. you speak. and things happen. Briefly put. materia listic and self-obsessed culture on earth. and they happen. From the Preface: Having lost the ability to think biblically. Known variously as the Positive Confession Movement. originated in the most narcissistic. and we can live like kings on planet earth. Thus in similar fashion to much New Age teaching and the Mind Sciences beliefs. we can name it and claim it. or the Prosperity Gospel. Keep saying it-I have equality with God-talk yourself into it.God cannot do anything in this earthly realm unless we give Him permission. we can visualise our own reality.
and at times. heretical .
. T. leaders such as Kenneth Copeland. including Joel Osteen. This revised edition adds newer players. Indeed.In the first edition of this book. and they are quite happy to describe what he looks like! They even mange to mangle the traditional understanding of the Trinity. For example. Material abundance. Benny Hinn. God becomes demoted in such teaching.Canaan. he shows how far these teachings have departed from biblical Christianity. Their teachings and theology were given a detailed examination in the light of Scripture. 28. not the Church. These were covenant blessings made to Israel. Teachers such as Kenneth Hagin. Evidently the Positive Confession advocates don't like to discuss the curses. livestock would be abundant. Just like the cults. And many of these teachers claim that God himself had a physical body. Benny Hinn for example has said that Jesus in heaven is a mer e man. But some of the teachings of this movement are downright heretical. and the whole counsel of God. In fact. And they were all bound up with the land .teachings are carefully evaluated and assessed in the light of sound theology. But there is no piece of geography which New Testament saints inhabit. much is made of the blessings associated with the covenant between Yahweh and Israel as found in passages like Deut. The crops would yield much. Some of the teachings often involve biblical truths which have been taken out of context. as Hanegraaff so clearly documents. as Hanegraaff points out. they really end up teaching polytheism here. Kenneth Hagin. since that would be to make a negative confession. Th ere are far more curses than blessings mentioned in the Old Testament texts. prosperity and blessing would follow obedience. with an ample supply of quotes from the Word of Faith teachers. Oral Roberts and Frederick Price were discussed. The clearly deficient . or are used in ways the original biblical writers did not intend them to be used. And these teachers never seem to speak about the curses associated with disobedience. Jakes and John Hagee. and we are in fact "exact duplicates of God". Not only is man deified in these teachings. the land would be at peace from its enemies. but so too is Satan! But worse still. Our blessings are in the heavenlies in Christ. This movement is quite happy to claim these blessings as belonging to Christians today. We are reproductions of God. But there are plenty of problems with this. Morris Cerullo and C harles Capps teach that we are "little gods" and are in fact on equal standing with God. solid hermeneutics. not God. and so on.D. they mangle and twist biblical passages to push their doctrines. Creflo Dollar.
Hanegraaff notes how very similar their teachings are to those of the metaphysical cults. thus the need to correct error continues unabated. die to self. we will need those who will sound the biblical alarm and stand up for orthodox teaching and practice. It has very little to do with Jesus and his teachings. They appeal to the very thing the Bible tells us to flee from: the love of money. He places quotes from people like Phineas Quimby and Mary Baker Eddy alongside those of the Word of Faith leaders: they appear to be identical. the Name It and Claim It teachers argue that faith will overcome any physical malady. Their teachings on prosperity fare no better. But biblical literacy is not a highlight of most believers today. Proper study of the Scriptures. Thus this revised version of his original work is a welcome volume indeed.
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. mind over matter." Hanegraaff finishes this helpful volume with some basic principles of biblical interpretation and Bible study. And while the original promoters of this faith may be on the wane. Creflo Dollar is representative of these teachers when he insists. and medicines can be thrown away. One Scripture after another is lifted from its context and twisted into a gospel of greed. These cultic predecessors to the New Age Movement have quite similar teachings on a whole range of topics. and the Unity School of Christianity. and spiritual healing. "I want to know how to live in a mansion now! I want to know how to live in a penthouse now. As long as we have preachers and teachers appealing to those with itching ears. Relying on doctors is an indication of sinful unbelief. The Word of Faith movement has much to do wi th greed.Like other critics of this controversial movement. and follow him. with awareness of basic theology and a bit of church history should be sufficient to keep most people out of these deceptive movements. hedonism and narcissism. It seems to know nothing of the command of Jesus to pick up our cross. the new breed of gospel-of-self preachers like Joel Osteen keep this dangerous and unbiblical emphasis bubbling along. including creative visualisation. such as Christian Science. Just like the New Thought metaphysicians. selfishness.