Book Review: “Christianity in Crisis–21st Century”

Hank Hanegraaff’s latest book looks at the problems and pitfalls of the very popular “Faith movement” in today’s Christian churches.  He isn’t afraid to name names (and, in fact, has a lengthy list of preachers who are giving false information, as well as what to look out for in those “sermons”).

Hanegraaff uses the acronym “FLAWS” to point out the major failings of the Faith movement, most of which have to do with the fact that this type of Christianity is all about “me, me, me” and very little about He who authored it. Each letter of FLAWS (Faith in Faith, Little Gods, Atonement Atrocities, Wealth & Want, and Sickeness & Suffering) is further broken down into four smaller, spiritual flaws

He then “gets back to basics” with the simple initials A,B,C,D,E, (Amen, Bible, Church, Defense, and Essentials) to counteract the mistakes of the Faith movement.  This part of the book, while much shorter than the cast of characters and the explanation of the FLAWS, is very practical, and gets straight to the heart of what the Christian life should be about.

I found this book to be very informative, and Hanegraaff really hit the nail on the head in addressing the problems of the church today. It is quite long, perhaps too long in some spots, but would be a beneficial read to anyone trying to sort out what is truth, and what is feel good hoopla coming from a lot of today’s popular “preachers.”

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