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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1 edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849900069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849900068
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hank Hanegraaff is host of The Bible Answer Man, heard daily throughout the United States and Canada. He is president of the Christian Research Institute and author of many bestselling books, including The Prayer of Jesus and The Apocalypse Code. Twitter: @HankHanegraaff

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Your eyes will be opened, and you will be amazed.
W. T. Hoffman
The book is extensively footnoted and includes a scripture index, subject index, and a bibliography.
In this book Hank Hanegraaff documents the false teaching of many T.V. preachers on TBN.
Michael Ruangnol

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By blbooks on February 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I found the book to be well-researched, disturbing, frustrating, saddening, discouraging. I think it's a needed book, a timely book. But I also think it is a book with power. I have no doubt that Hanegraaff will infuriate some readers. He has that way about him. A no-nonsense, tell-the-truth manner about him. He isn't seeking popularity. He isn't seeking flattery. He doesn't care if you "like" him. He has a job to do: expose the truth. And the truth he reveals is both sad and infuriating. Sad in that these false teachers and preachers have been accepted and applauded within the Christian community--within Christian bookstores--within mainstream America without a question, without a second, third, or fourth thought. It's extremely sad and discouraging to go to a Christian bookstore and see such rubbish on the shelves. Much of it prominently displayed. Sad that no one else seems willing to take a stand. Infuriating that these preachers are deceiving people, people who are being misled by what sounds good, what sounds nice. Which would you rather hear? That God has promised unequivocally to bless you and prosper you. That you can demand health and wealth from God. That he's there to grant all your wishes and desires. There to play Santa and genie all in one. Or that God has told us "in this world you will have trouble, but take heart I have overcome the world." Time and time again--in the gospels and the epistles--we're told that we're to deny ourselves, take up our crosses, follow Him even if it means suffering, persecution, discomfort. God never promised us heaven-on-earth. He never promised us a comfortable life. He wants to conform us, transform us. Sure the health, wealth, prosperity gospel sounds nice enough in theory. But is it true? No! If you believe the Word of God is God's Word.Read more ›
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I grew up with these teachings. As an adult, I had to heal from a lot of spiritual abuse. Both the Billy Graham organization as well as Focus on the Family recommended 'Christianity in Crisis'. So much of that book was so familiar to me. I've seen the word-faith teachings evolve since my childhood several decades ago. This book captures that evolution perfectly. Mr Hanegraaff's book is a must-read for anybody touched by these teachings. I still have family seduced by this theology. I wish they'd read this book.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Joshua V. Schneider VINE VOICE on July 7, 2010
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Having read the original Christianity in Crisis only a few years ago, I was already wondering when an update or 2nd edition would come out, dealing with the newest crop of televangelists. At the time I had read the first book, most of the older generation of televangelists were unknown to me, and the new stars on scene, like Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer, Paula White, etc, were not covered in the book. Christianity in Crisis 21st Century answers that need amply.

For anyone who is not familiar with the work, it is a very readable exposé of the "Word of Faith" movement, which is largely represented by big name televangelists like Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth & Gloria Copeland, Paul and Jan Crouch, Benny Hinn, Morris Cerullo, Creflo Dollar, T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, and others. The Word of Faith movement claims to represent genuine, faith-filled Christianity, and true spirituality--but do the teachings, "miracles", words and actions of these "faith megastars" really bear that out? The meticulously documented and thorough examination of the evidence provides a devastating challenge to such claims, and should leave any reader, Christian or not, astonished at what these televangelists teach. And this is a matter of real concern, as these teachers have a huge influence over many millions of Christians today, and the newer, sometimes more subtle stars like Osteen, Meyer, and Jakes, have elevated these dangerous teachings to a whole new level of mainstream popularity.

Ever since reading the first book, I have been astonished at how widespread the books of these televangelists are in Christian bookstores and catalogues. T.D.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By GroundHogReader on February 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is an unpleasant book to read. This was probably a very unpleasant book to write. And yet, as much as it pains me to admit, this is book well worth reading. In some Christian circles, this book should probably be required reading! Hank Hanegraff walks through almost all the most popular "name it and claim it" faith movement figures of contemporary America and exposes their theology and practice for what it is and what it is not. While sometimes Hanegraff's criticisms seem unduly harsh, petty and reaching, once he finishes his arguments, the reader cannot help but agree that Hanegraff is completely correct in his concerns. Many of the most popular figures in today's "faith" movement are not just colorfully strange and eccentric believers to be tolerated within the church. They are spiritually dangerous and sometimes openly destructive folks whose thinking and practice must be resoundingly rejected. Hanegraff does so.

As a general rule, I dislike this kind of book. As an overly critical person already, I usually avoid this kind of reading because I don't need any help moving in this direction. But I'm sadly glad I read this book. I do have a few suggestions however...

First of all, thinking of a man in my former church who never spoke to me unless he had a word of criticism, I would like to see a more balanced approach to the people and ideas being skewered. While I agree with the conclusions, I would still like to see at some passing recognition of the good these people occasionally do. Not all snake oil salesmen are evil, nasty people - some are just selling bad products.

Secondly, I would have appreciated a simpler focus and more concise book. Cut the book in half and simply spend one chapter on each figure being considered.
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