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A Different Gospel: A Historical and Biblical Analysis of the Modern Faith Movement Paperback – July, 1988

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  • Paperback: 195 pages
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Pub (July 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0913573787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0913573785
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #992,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael C. Gustafson on August 30, 2005
The historical basis analysis is not that note worthy and quite frankly not important IMO. Doctrine should be able to be analyzed and reviewed based on the Bible and the Bible only. How the "Faith Movement" started isn't that relevant and I have read books by almost all the Faith teachers including Kenyon, Hagin and Copeland. The point is there are some very good spiritual insights in some of these writings and some of Kenyon's writings are among my favorites. There are also some out right heretical teachings that need to be exposed. I disagree with naming individuals but do agree with naming false doctrine.

McConnell makes some very good points concerning the doctrinal integrity of the Faith teachers. Faith teachers as a a rule are not educated Biblically, have little or no grasp of the Greek and Hebrew languages and don't approach God's word intellectually. They are open to deception because of an over emphasis on revelation. The issue isn't black and white because I do believe God heals, blesses and illuminates our minds with revelation knowledge but these are always done in the context of God's Word.

After being part of the Faith Movement for a number of years I literally grew out of it. As I studied the Bible I began to realize how shallow and self centered the teachings were. The emphasis was always on self and not on spreading the gospel and helping people. Even the desire to grow the church wasn't to simply reach the lost and hurting but to build egos and increase status. I decided I would rather be part of a congregation that wanted to reach people like Jesus taught even if the church I attended wasn't completely in agreement with my views on spiritual gifts and the miraculous.

My views can be summed up very basically by asking this question. Were Paul, John, Peter, Jude or James (the principle writers to the church) or Jesus himself "Word of Faith"?
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I bought this as a research companion to "Christianity in Crisis" by Hank Hanagraaff (I probably missed a few double "a's" or "f's" in there, I never know how to spell his name correctly). D.R. McConnell brings a fresh, almost "insider" perspective into the Word of Faith theology debate. His comparisons of EW Kenyon’s works and Ken Hagins "works" are damning evidence of the latter's plagiarism.
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This book is an outstanding contribution to public understanding of the importance of the faith teaching. Chapters 6-8 particularly, carefully and responsibly document why the faith teachers are teaching a gospel different to the one Jesus and Paul taught.
Quoting extensively, and responsibly from the faith teachers Mc Connell shows that the Faith Teachers are teaching that Jesus is not the unique Eternal Son Of God become man, and but merely the first man to become a son of God, or a god. He proves/documents how their teachings say that we save ourselves through trusting not in Christ, but in our faith (force), and that it is in fact our faith (force) that transforms us into gods (little gods). He quotes faith teachers teaching that christians are as much an incarnation of God as Christ was, and that as little gods we are the same substance as God, identical relicas of Christ.
These are not minor issues on which we can agree to disagree, and live in peaceful acceptance of each other. These are issues at the core of the teaching of Paul and Jesus' definition of what it means to be a christian, and to have (or not have)
Eternal Life.
Any Christian (who trusts in Jesus' punished in his own place, and lives under Jesus' Lordship) needs to get a good understanding of this powerful
and deceptive teaching, and to reach out in love to those they know ensnared by it, teaching the truth in love
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I just finished reading this book by D. R. McConnell. It has been a liberating albeit at times intense read. I am one who was deceived by this false gospel. Fortunately, I was involved with this for a relatively short period of time before I got sick and found out that proclaiming and declaring this or that doesn't manipulate God. He will heal, if that's what He deems is best, but He's certainly sees the big picture and if He doesn't heal, it doesn't mean one lacks faith. The same holds true in the area of finance.

McConnell made so many good and valid points that helped me get a clearer picture of the origins of this movement and the folks behind it that I personally needed to learn. In doing so, the beauty of the true gospel has become more vivid. I thank him for all the research, organizing, writing, as well as, the criticism he has been willing to bear by putting forth this much needed work of exposure.

A Word of Faith follower may not like this book. This is understandable. But should that person get sick and not get supernaturally healed, as I wasn't and am not, hang on because his/her faith -- or what they think is faith -- is in for a wild and hairy ride.

The author makes the point that it is not faith in faith that is true faith, but faith is a trust in our God who came and died for us so that we could have an eternal relationship with Him.

If you are having any discomfort and doubt at all about the Word of Faith preachers all over Christian television, in Christian book stores, and in our churches, read this book. If you are not experiencing discomfort with this twist on the gospel and its proponents; read this book.
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