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Category: Corruption of Church, Inc.

BODY, SOUL & LIFE EVERLASTING by John W. Cooper

Years ago while I was still in ignorance over the fundamental heresy of modern American churches signing secular covenants with the State, churches becoming “unequally yoked,” “double-minded and unstable in all their ways,” etc.; “churches” signing contracts in order to receive “gifts from the Gentiles” in the form of tax-exempt status and the blind, heretical madness of declaring that the State is their incorporator and not the Lord–and that…gulp…something like 99% of “churches” in America have nowadays…(gulp)…committed this heinous and craven crime unto the Lord—yes, before I found out about all that and more, I used to go to a 501c3/State Incorporated church. I used to go to several actually, for a number of years. I always sensed something was missing from them, like, oh, the Lord and the ability to speak freely about the world, but then as I have said, I later I found out why this was so. But it was about 2004 when I was attending a very small, weekly “men’s Bible study”–and this was before I found out that the Tyndale and KJB were real Bibles, but the “new bible versions” the other men were bringing along with them and reading from were rank frauds, mere bastardized paraphrases of the Word of God with thousands upon thousands of words removed and many others added or changed. Yes, this was before I learned of that, too. And my Lord, are evangelicals ever duped out of their minds by the Enemy nowadays. But getting back to this weekly Bible study. My friend at the time, an older man, a deacon at the church (oh, and this “conservative” “church” also unbiblically allowed females to be deacons as well–oh wow, are we ever lost nowadays!), and this man was also a…gulp…lawyer…although he was an okay, jovial fellow for a lawyer, and was and is quite stimulating to speak with because he possesses a very literal genius-level IQ–well, this friend of mine, and the hireling shepherd “pastor” who was also there, got to speaking and speculating momentarily about the nature of the human soul. I remember I had told them both that, as I had heard it somewhere previously, humans were not just “body and soul,” but rather, humans were “body and soul and spirit,” and so I asked these men what they thought would be the actual difference here, if any. Well, my older, lawyer, deacon-friend with the genius IQ, he suggested immediately that I should read this book (which was published in 1989). And so here it is, a full decade later, and I finally got around to obtaining a copy of this. Hey, it may take me awhile, but at least I get around to it eventually. At least I do not forget, and at least I do check things out, unlike most people.
 
Okay, so I read most of this book, and I do not think I can go on. It is interesting in parts; certainly, it started out rather interesting. But there is now a growing trend in the text which I find troublesome and may–and probably will–preclude me from being able to read anymore. The author has been citing bogus “new translation” bibles all along, typically the Jesuitical Westcott and Hort-inspired RSV, and I had expected that going in; however, now, suddenly, on the last five or ten pages in the middle of the book, the author is suddenly…gulp…citing various and sundry verses from the APOCRYPHAL books. Yes, he prefaces it with a footnoted disclaimer, but even here it is rather troubling that the disclaimer should be relegated to a footnote and not found in the main text;  this is especially unsettling as the man says he is of the “Dutch Reformed” faith. And make no mistake about it: This book is written in a quite erudite manner, and has been very well researched ACADEMICALLY. But theologically and historically?? The Apocrypha and Popery? Really?
 
Yes, another warning sign even before he started throwing out verses from the Apocrypha was that he often cites Romanist “church fathers” such as Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Jerome, etc.–all the usual high-priestly inquisitors and corruptors of God’s True Word. Aquinas was in favor of burning people alive. How Christ-like of him. Jerome was commissioned by the Woman that Rides the Beast to write a bogus “Latin Vulgate” to supplant the original, legitimate, and true Vulgate that was in the possession of at least the Waldenses. And Augustine?–Do not even get me started.
 
So in all candor, yes, that is about it, I can only get through about 2/3 of this book before I have to put it down. The confusion of the different “bible versions” he was using was really what did me in. It has become an impediment to me, so I stopped reading.
 
But before I go I should at least give a clue as to what and where this book was headed before I jumped ship. The author explores some basic and surprising fundamental differences between how modern “Christianity” (and here the author would lump together Romanism with Protestantism, etc.) views the  Resurrection of Believers as compared to and contrasted with how the Hebrews understood the Resurrection in Old Testament times. The nature of the soul itself, the Afterlife, specifically as pertains to bodily resurrection as differentiated from spiritual resurrection, is the subject matter under investigation here. It is a worthy but of course daunting investigation and I was initially enjoying it somewhat. But I remain dubious of the usefulness of consulting Apocryphal texts and counterfeit bibles and heroes of Popery in an investigation of this nature.
 
At times this well-lettered but foundationally flawed work reminds me of those medieval, recondite theologians who would argue interminably about the nature of angels and just how many angels could fit on the head of a pin, etc.  All those monks and priests and hireling shepherd academics straining away at gnats and needlepoint esotericisms while not having any clue at all that they were following a gigantic, satanic, paganized monstrosity of a State-incorporated imitation of the True Ecclesia of Christ.  And now here we have this author conducting a scholarly 230-page investigation of the specific and respective natures of the human soul versus the human body at the moment of the Resurrection in Christ, and yet he does not know what a real Bible is and he does not know what the True Ecclesia is–why, herein is a marvellous thing.
 
And the same goes for most American “churches” nowadays, too. And the same goes for my erstwhile lawyer friend with the genius IQ. My sandals are dust-free from all of that.
 
Nevertheless I have some genuinely mixed estimations about this: I do have some appreciation for this author’s ambitious enterprise. It is a subject about which I have often wondered myself, as have probably nearly all believers in Jesus Christ. It is an exquisitely perplexing philosophical/theological conundrum which he is seeking to solve. I just wish he could have done it without including and promoting the trappings and heroes of popery in his investigation. He often also quotes more recent or contemporary non-papist theologians and “Christian philosophers.” This I deem acceptable. Another acceptable non-Canonical source which he rarely utilized at all are the extant writings (if there even are any?) from those sects of Christians down through the centuries who were persecuted by the Catholics AND the Protestants. Now THERE is a remnant view that he should have investigated and did not. I mean groups like the Waldenses and the Anabaptists and Mennonites and Moravians. Of course, one thing all those groups had in common was that even the most intellectual of them tended to not spend much time speculating over the impenetrable mysteries of the Scriptures, and on the whole preferred instead to dwell upon more practical affairs. Ah, then maybe there is a lesson in that: especially since I did fast forward to the last few pages of the book to see the author’s final conclusion about the nature of body, soul, and spirit, and lo and behold, it is rather exactly like I would have guessed and would have agreed with myself before I had even endeavored to read the very first page of this. Ecclesiastes 12:12-13.

Rating: Δ Δ
6/2014

AMERICA OR ROME, CHRIST OR THE POPE by John Brandt

One of a veritable bevy of books published in the mid to late 1800s by AMERICANS urgently trying to wake up other AMERICANS to the very real threat of a covert takeover of the United States by agents and assets of the Vatican. This one is very competently written, impeccably researched and documented, and is rather comprehensive in design.

The first third or so of the book effectively exposes the doctrinal errors, pagan heresies, the fraudulent claims of popery down through history.

The middle third or so of the book documents the alarming and quite factual clandestine takeover of the American press that was being successfully carried out, and the equally disturbing and equally factual stealthy assault on the American school system, both public and private, that was likewise being carried out at this vital moment in American history, all by agents and assets of the Vatican, most particularly the Jesuits.

The final third or so of the book is mostly devoted to exposing and sounding the alarm about the very real and factual takeover of the U.S. government itself, by–you guessed it–agents and assets of the Vatican, most particularly the Jesuits.

There is also a chapter in which John Brandt provides prudent and sage advice as to how Americans could in that day still effectively thwart the insidious designs of history’s stealthiest and most lethal of all enemies to any republican form of government.

That you, dear reader, scoff at this book, this book review, and this factual history–the fact that this all sounds so crazy to someone as historically blindfolded as you, yes, YOU–is evidence enough that the advice and the warnings of Brandt and America’s bevy of other 19th-century Cassandras went unheeded. The enemy was too stealthy; Americans too stupid.

And so here we are today: in a nation that has been covertly conquered by Papal Rome over a century ago, with most of the conquered still stupid and sleeping though their eyes are open, and those very few Americans who are only just starting to wake up, these growing few who think that they understand what has happened to their country: but just like the growing, brownshirted few in the 1920s and early 30s Germany, these “patriots” only halfway understand what has happened, and when some of their conquering overlords, some of the more contemporary agents and assets of the Vatican, tell them that “the Jews did it,” then these burgeoning, half-comprehending “brownshirt” Americans will go ahead and do what the half-comprehending, brownshirt Germans did: Like the bull that charges after the red cape instead of the matador, these half-awake, Tea Party-type Americans will soon brutishly charge after “the Jews” instead of the Vatican and Papal Romanism.

This book and others like it from the latter half of the 19th century represent the last gasp of a dying republican civilization. We live in the facade of its shell now, and we call it such asinine, vague plaudits as “freedom” and “democracy.”

The most degrading form of slavery occurs when the slaves think that they are still free.

The only thing Brandt got wrong is that the true followers of Jesus Christ should not engage in “patriotism” as he clearly did. It is worldly idolatry. Other than that, he wrote a superb book full of incredibly important, documented history which has since been memory-holed virtually everywhere else.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ Δ
6/2014

THE ANABAPTIST STORY by William R. Estep

The Good: First published in 1963, later revised in ’75, this is very well researched and from cover to cover the author consistently cites the works of numerous previous historians and theologians. This is recommendable as a primer for any Christian who is at the initial stages of waking up from the narcotic ether of Churchianity, Inc. and is beginning the process of learning more about his/her Middle Age antecedents–16th century Anabaptists–who went through the same process in droves, and all the history that went along with that that practically no one, least of all evangelicals, appreciates anymore.

The Bad: Although the contention of scriptural “believer’s baptism” vs. the institutionalized churches’ practice of infant baptism was at the center of the firestorm of controversy surrounding the Anabaptist movement, nevertheless this reader came away feeling as though the author spent just a little too many pages explaining this issue and history, and it is this reader’s opinion that one very basic reason for the verbosity overkill on this subject is because it is nowadays a very “safe” issue to talk about, which of course was very far from true in the 16th century.

The Ugly: Now, the other main foundation underpinning the 16th century Anabaptist movement besides believer’s baptism was the concept that we have come to call today the “separation of church and state,” and though this author does cover this revolutionary Anabaptist issue, he only devotes about four or five pages to it in the whole book. This reader is of the opinion that there are two reasons for this, and that the second is the logical extension of the first. Those reasons are as follows:
#1) The author makes the mistake of assuming that today’s American church-attending evangelicals are enjoying the blessings of a “separation of church and state.” In doing this, the author demonstrates his ignorance of the anti-scriptural covenants that almost all American evangelical churches have signed today in the form of the secular 501c3 tax exemption and state incorporation contracts. Even from the scant amount that the author writes about this subject, it is clear that there is no way the 16th century Anabaptists would have ever rendered to Caesar that which is the Lord’s as have today’s American evangelicals. The author does not consciously apprehend this.
#2) However, given the extreme brevity with which the author writes about this important issue, this reader cannot help but wonder if the author doesn’t perhaps subconsciously sense that something is indeed wrong with today’s American counterfeit of separation of church and state but he just can’t put his finger on it. Perhaps this might explain the headscratching oversight of only devoting four or five pages to this foundational Anabaptist issue, because such a realization would mean that the scriptural separation of church and state is, in our day, the unsafe issue to talk about, as opposed to scriptural believer’s baptism which is now accepted by most.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ
7/2013

BETRAYAL: GERMAN CHURCHES AND THE HOLOCAUST edited by Robert P. Ericksen and Susannah Heschel

In terms of fidelity to academic scholarship, this book is impeccable. It is actually a compilation of essays by various professorial scholars, all of which concern the words and deeds of the various leaders of the institutional churches in Germany during the Nazi regime, both Protestant and Catholic. Awhile back this reader had read a book by a Christian scholar which examined this same history and topic; that book was called HITLER’S CROSS by Erwin Lutzer, and while this reader appreciated Lutzer’s Biblical interpretation of those events, nevertheless the level of scholarship evinced by Lutzer was disappointing: HITLER’S CROSS was a superficial book.

This book BETRAYAL is not superficial at all. However, where Lutzer’s book falls down in its level of scholarship, this book was disappointing in that all of the essayists emanate from a decidedly modernist worldview. That is to say, it is obvious that none of them believe the Bible is divinely inspired or inerrant; if any of these essayists are professing believers in Jesus Christ, they are the all-inclusive, institutionalized, lukewarm kind that would find the globalist, Rockefeller-funded World Council of Churches to their liking. Yeah, that kind. But it’s not even clear that their faith is even at that level; some of these writers may be avowed non-believers, I don’t know. What I do know is that often they make valid points, but often they pass judgment on things that they don’t understand biblically simply because they discount the Bible as the Word of God, or at least they discount the New Testament.

There is some interesting history about Dietrich Boenhoffer in one or two of these essays. Of course one could read much more about this history of Boenhoffer in plenty of other and more direct sources. We also learn much about the horrible brownshirted thugs calling themselves the “German Christian” movement, and how they were countered, albeit too timidly, by the then-newly formed “Confessing Church.” We learn a bit about Martin Niemoller; he was rather too timid himself, though. We see why Boenhoffer broke with even the Confessing Church for its timidity. I suppose the most valuable thing this book has to offer in one or two of its essays is its interesting and somewhat thorough history of the brownshirted “German Christian” movement, because an easy and scary comparison can be made with the modern movements in the USA of a bunch of similar Jew-hating thugs generally calling themselves “American patriots” and “anti-zionists” or a few other similar-sounding names not worth going into right now. Truly, Ernst Rohm was the spiritual forefather of these red, white, and blue contemporary American brownshirts.

Alas, and expectedly, the couple of essays that specifically deal with the Roman Catholic Church’s reaction and behavior towards the Nazi regime are especially ill-informed and naive. Are they scholarly? Sure they are. Oh boy are they well-footnoted and all that. But if you are citing other scholarly people who also are brainwashed and uninformed about real history, then what good is that? As usual, the essayists who deal with Rome here both scratch their heads and wonder how and why so many Catholic priests could have been so rabid about Nazism, and then why was there so much enigmatic “silence” on the part of the Roman hierarchy, and then again why didn’t Pope Pius XII try to speak out and do more to stop Hitler, stop the Holocaust, etc, etc. This is historically naive, but it is to be expected. Rome has written our history. It has conquered, and conquerors write the history books, and the conquered, even (and perhaps especially) the scholarly conquered are the last ones to be able to discern reality and real history anymore. It’s too surreal for them at this late date. It doesn’t fit their programming. So all we get is head-scratching and perpetual shrugs of mystification from these professor-people. They don’t want answers; they couldn’t handle the truth even if it was presented to them.

The real lesson to be learned here is that INSTITUTIONAL Christianity is not the Christianity of the Bible. This is inevitably over-the-heads of the professorial contributors to this book, but this is the lesson to be gleaned from all this. The lukewarm, timid response of even the best of the INSTITUTIONAL Protestant churches in Germany should speak loudly to us today in the U.S., what with our modern, equally useless, equally lukewarm and timid 501c3/state incorporated American “churches.” Acts of real Christianhood, true acts of emulation of our Lord and Saviour can and will only ever come from individuals, not institutions, and especially not state-subordinated institutions such as are 99% of “churches” in the US today, as were the vast majority of “churches” in Germany back in that horrific era.

Thus, this book should only be recommended to a very discerning Christian reader, someone who’s been around the block a few times and has also done their history and Bible homework. It has a few valuable things that can be gleaned from it, a few things that were only incidental by-products of the authors’ invariably humanistic main points. That is all. It’s also not a terribly scintillating read on the whole–these are professors writing these essays, after all.

Rating: Δ Δ
11/2012

BILLY GRAHAM & HIS FRIENDS by Cathy Burns

Dr. Cathy Burns is not a gifted writer, but she is quite the sedulous researcher and compiler of acutely relevant quotes. Burns has a writing formula that she follows. She never deviates from it. It goes something like this: Say something incriminating about Billy Graham, then verify it with three or four quotes from either Graham himself or else associates or globalists or roman catholic backers of Graham, which can leave little doubt that the incriminating charge against Graham is true. In between each of the multitudinous charges Burns levels at Graham, and the even more multitudinous buttressing quotes for each of the charges, there is for the reader a barren gully of white space on the page, three or four lines without text, which the reader’s eyes have to hop across to get to the next incriminating charge or verifying quote. This makes it tough for the reader to get into any kind of comfortable reading rhythm; it’s read, read, hop; read, read, hop; it’s distracting, frankly. This is writing that has not been fully integrated into paragraph form; it is compiling, not writing. It is thus best to read a book like this in small chunks, to kind of chip away at it—basically, it’s good bathroom reading. Perhaps it wouldn’t be so bad if Dr. Burns had restrained herself to only assailing Graham in this book; many times she seems to get a little carried away with herself, as when she begins explaining to the reader about the New World Order and its constituent Council on Foreign Relations and Institute for Pacific Relations and the Trilateralist Group, etc., etc.. The problem is, nearly any rare reader who would have the notion to wade through a giant book like this, a giant book which attacks a popular contemporary American icon like Graham, is already going to be knowledgeable about the basics of those globalist groups which pull Graham’s strings.

Nevertheless, the information presented herein does easily outweigh the shortcomings in the writing quality, and the litany of damning quotes that Burns has assembled is quite impressive and probably irrefutable. Burns has also done a most thorough job in researching the history of the early days of Billy Graham’s ministry. She also very effectively and often shows how badly the later Graham has abandoned the scriptural claims he once made in those days when he was a fledgling evangelist. But perhaps the best work Dr. Burns does occurs when she establishes the early and enduring ties between Graham and malevolent robber baron dynasties like the Rockefellers; were it not for Rockefeller money, nobody would have ever known who Billy Graham was; via the Rockefellers, Burns connects the dots between Graham and notoriously ultra-liberal, Scripture-denying, one world religion-promoting organizations like Rockefeller’s own Union Theological Seminary and Rockefeller’s own World Council of Churches. Dr. Burns establishes Billy Graham as nothing more than a freemasonic Trojan horse foisted upon evangelical Christians to lead them into the planned New World Order. Coincidentally, Burns also establishes that Graham is a tool of papal Rome, though Burns herself, probably because of exposure to the faulty premillenial teachings so prevalent in our day, apparently fails to fully grasp the import of this.

All in all, after the Bible itself, this is THE resource an awakened Christian person must have in reminding his or her duped evangelical friends that shining, universally popular angels of light like Graham are in fact the ones most likely to be ravening wolves in this fallen darkened world.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ
3/2009

THE MAKING OF THE NEW SPIRITUALITY by James Herrick

REVIEW: Fantastic research; writing could be improved

The research that went into this book is impressive. There really is a lot of sound, historical meat. My only beef is with the quality of the writing itself. The way the author constantly includes hand-tipping phrases like “In the next chapter we are going to be looking at…” is not state-of-the-art writing. I teach my high school students to avoid references to yourself, and to avoid telling the reader what you’re about to tell him, because it gets in the way of the actual ideas presented in the writing. Just say it. Just write it.
Francis Schaeffer didn’t tell you what he was going to tell you; Francis Schaeffer just told you. Francis Schaeffer didn’t need summary conclusions at the end of every chapter, too.

I also wish the author would’ve expressed more of his contrary, biblically held opinions (without referring to himself) alongside the nefarious gnostic opinions he writes about. A non-believer could go some way through parts of this book without being apprised that these gnostic beliefs were/are actually mistaken.

All that said, taken as a whole and as a piece of research, the book is nearly impeccable. Well worth reading.

P.S. I got this from my pastor at my church, and some of my fellow parishioners actually apparently know the author. They tell me he is amazingly intelligent. I believe them. There is a LOT of knowledge packed in this book.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ
3/2005

HUSHMONEY by Peter Kershaw

REVIEW: Come Out of Her, My People!

First of all, let me just say that if you can find a copy of this pressing little booklet at all, consider yourself lucky, because all of Peter Kershaw’s works are out of print, and Kershaw himself, as far as I can tell, appears to have fallen off the face of the earth at some point between 2003 and 2004.

Why is this booklet vital? Because 99% of the Christian Church has gone apostate in the U.S., has taken a worldly lover, and this booklet tells you who and what that monstrous lover is, and what kind of a price each little church, inc. is paying for it. And God only knows what kind of a price these churches will have to pay in the future.
This booklet also tells Christians what to do about it.

This is a crucial read. So few Christians in America know what has happened to American churches. They sense something has gone wrong, they clamour and complain at the ineffectualness of modern American churches, but they don’t know the source of the sickness. Churches in the U.S. have sold out and gone whoring after the world. They are being led (and fleeced) by HIRELING SHEPHERD, salaried, CEO “pastors” and worldly “treasury board members.”

I do not take the Lord’s name in vain at all, I mean the exclamation quite earnestly when I say this, for I say this unto my Lord as much as to anyone who might be happening to read this: My God!–If only more 21st century Christians could read this little booklet and wake up!!!

Kershaw gets only one thing wrong and it comes near the end of this otherwise superlative book: He thinks churches should be led by a “pastor,” just not an INCORPORATED, hireling shepherd pastor. Baloney. This is errant. Jesus admonished us to have no man elevate himself above the flock with a religious title. The Pilgrims and Anabaptists and just a few others had it right: We are all brothers in Christ, all equally priests before Him. Some of us have different callings and talents, but anybody who would presuppose to elevate himself and adopt a permanent and superior religious title over their brethren had better bring along a helluva lot of buckets and soap with him to first wash the feet of every one of his “parishioners”–only in keeping with Scripture, of course. Wouldn’t it be great if more people did that? Just imagine. And why do I get the feeling that the true, persecuted, underground church today in China DOES maintain itself this way, out of NECESSITY?
Unfortunately, churches in America now need just such grueling necessity in order to purge themselves of massive amounts of dross.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ Δ
6/2007

THE TRAIL OF BLOOD REVISITED by Greg Dixon, Sr.

REVIEW: A Most Sobering History of the Ecclesia

I’ve read more terrifying non-fiction books; I’ve read more gut-wrenching non-fiction books; but I have never read a more sobering book in my life. I knew the situation in the churches of the United States in the 21st century was bad, I knew it was really bad, but I had no idea it was this dastardly bad. We’re in a lot of trouble. Jesus wins in the End, of course, but Christians in this nation are asleep up on the watchtower and this nation and Christians’ physical selves, and the physical bodies of their immediate posterity, are in a lot of trouble until He comes back. Christians are going to have to account for having failed to heed the warning of Ezekiel 33:6. We have let religious liberty slip away. It was a blessed, wonderful experiment while it lasted. It is over now. Too many duped Christians are idle and indolent because they are awaiting the “rapture” of the Church. They have no idea that the very “rapture” notion which they are relying on to happen was in fact concocted by the same antichrist system that will in fact be physically persecuting them when said rapture fails to occur.

Those of you who know anything at all about history will recognize the alarming significance of the next sentence: It is high time that the real remnant of Christians in this nation depart from their worldly churches and set up an American Confessing Church. If you don’t know the magnitude of that reference, then just go back to sleep.
This book can be had by sending eight measly bucks to: Temple Books, P.O. Box 11, Indianapolis, Indiana 46206; their phone number is: (317) 783-6753. The book is worth a lot more than that.

It is preposterous how badly more Christians in this nation need to read this book. I recommend it to the umpteenth degree. This is utterly and fearfully crucial information about the cowardly collapse of the Christian churches in the United States; and they’re just not getting it. We’re still not getting it. Turn off the TV, turn off your mind-numbing Clear Channel monopoly radio.

Dixon documents how, it was not the worship of Jesus Christ that got early believers thrown to the lions in the Colisseum. It was their refusal to bow down and pay LICIT to Caesar first for the privilege of congregating in Christ’s name. Today, 99% of American “churches” have all paid their licit to Caesar, in the modernized form of the 501c3 tax-exempt status, and their State-incorporation contract. Flee the institutionalized American “churches” that love this world. Come out of her my people!

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ Δ
6/2007

CHURCH IN CHAINS by Barbara Ketay

REVIEW: Excellent!; Wish it Were Longer

This self-published, self-bound booklet addresses the modern American church debacle of church incorporation and 501c3 submission and does so very effectively and extremely succinctly. Barbara Ketay is a legal scholar and she really knows her stuff. She explains the hideous errors of the vast majority of Christian churches in the U.S. in relinquishing Christ as the Lord over His Church, and instead embracing Caesar, a.k.a. the State, a.k.a. the U.S. gov’t as its head. This booklet is rife with citations of Scripture which back up the author’s point, as well as U.S. legal precedent. Ketay explains all the legalese, all the tricky, worldly, pharisaical terminology that the sinful lawyers and courts have used, for the past few decades especially, to entrap churches in America and render them unto Satan; Ketay has a gift for putting such deliberately deceptive legal terminologies (what Jesus called “hiding the keys of knowledge”) into everyday language.

My only complaint is this: I enjoyed this short book so much, and was so interested by every incisive point Ketay makes, that I wished so much this book was longer and more detailed. I could read Ketay for a long time and never get bored, methinks. In fact, near the end of the book, Ketay briefly delves into some fascinating and little known U.S. history pertaining to a rare case of church incorporation that went back to 1790–so gallingly soon after the 1st Amendment was established to prevent such abomination!; but she soon drops this line of exploration and summarizes and ends the book. I really wish she had gone into this intriguing line of history more.

Should anybody care about the wretched worldly state of the Christian church in this country enough to buy this book and do their own confirming research, the book may be purchased for $34.95 through Barbara herself at: P.O. Box 120744, Melbourne, FL 32912-0744. Her email is: bketay@yahoo.com.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ
8/2007

HITLER’S CROSS by Erwin Lutzer

REVIEW: Disappointingly Superficial

A rather superficial look at Germany in the 1930′s and how the vast majority of Christian churches in that country welcomed and supported Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Given the tragic solemnity of this history, and the striking historical and contemporary evidence that Lutzer could have drawn upon to show that, indeed, exactly what happened in 1930s Nazi Germany is happening now in America, one would expect a book like this to be weightier, more intellectually robust. Instead, there is a dearth of specific examples to make the connection Lutzer is trying to make; and Lutzer fails to provide many specifics telling exactly how the Nazis conned Christians into joining their ranks. Lutzer glosses over much. Still, Lutzer does a fair job of providing historical details on the lives of the two heroic German pastors who did take a stand for Christ and against Hitler: Dietrich Boenhoeffer and Martin Neimoller. But mostly Lutzer generalizes too much: He could have–and should have–been more bold and specific about the comparisons between that time and place and this time and place because, let’s face it, the similarities are big and blatant and ugly, and Lutzer never effectively tells us why because he doesn’t include specifics.

Perhaps the biggest fault of this book is that Lutzer fails to distinguish much between Roman Catholicism and its harlot daughters as opposed to true Christianity. Oh, he makes note of the differences in Germany at the time, and gives a bit of statistics regarding how many belonged to which body vs. the other body, but again it is all superficialities. Never does Lutzer take a deeper look at who actually put Hitler into power, never does Lutzer offer anything to the reader about Pius XII, Franz Von Papen, et al, as is documented in more serious works such as Hitler’s Pope by the Roman catholic writer/researcher John Cornwell or the still better Behind the Dictators by L.H. Lehmann.

Finally, one thing Lutzer does give too many specifics about, that he really should not, is premillenial dispensationalism; Lutzer takes every opportunity to try foisting this dubious belief system on the unwary reader. No thanks, Erwin; been there, done that.
This book was a big disappointment.

Rating: Δ Δ
3/2008