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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Winepress Publishing/Main Entry Editions (April 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579212085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579212087
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #887,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Jones is on the cutting edge of culture. Gospel Truth, Pagan Liescuts to the chase on the issue of the viability of the truth of Christianity in the midst of paganism. --John MacArthur, Pastor-Teacher

Excellent tool for Biblical evangelism --P. J. Mathew, Pastor, Davis, CA

Wonderfully insightful - a great youth group study book or gift for young adults or skeptics about Christianity. Even mature middle school children would find this a complete overview to equip them to evaluate many of our culture's messages in the light of the Bible. --Linda Harvey, Editor, Mission America

About the Author

Peter Jones holds an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a ThM from Harvard Divinity School, and a PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is Director of truthXchange, and adjunct Professor of New Testament at Westminster Seminary California. He has written The Gnostic Empire Strikes Back, Spirit Wars, One or Two, Capturing the Pagan Mind, Stolen Identity and The God of Sex. His work analyzes One-ist spirituality in its various forms and presents Two-ist spirituality, the radical Christian alternative.

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Peter Jones holds an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a ThM from Harvard Divinity School, and a PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is Director of truthXchange, and Adjunct Professor of New Testament, as well as Scholar in Residence at Westminster Seminary California.

Dr. Jones grew up in Liverpool, England and was a childhood friend of John Lennon. For seventeen years, he was Professor of New Testament in Aix-en-Provence France at the Faculté de Théologie Réformée. While there, he wrote La deuxième épître de Paul aux Corinthiens (Paris: Edifac, 1992), a commentary on 2 Corinthians. While in France, he was actively involved in church-planting and served as the president of the board of a newly formed Christian school. In 1991, he returned to the United States, where he taught New Testament at Westminster Seminary until December, 2002. He is now Director of truthXchange (www.truthxchange.com), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Christians understand the rise of neo-pagan spirituality.

He has written The Gnostic Empire Strikes Back (1992) Spirit Wars (1997), Gospel Truth/Pagan Lies (1999), Capturing the Pagan Mind (2003), Cracking DaVinci's Code (2004, co-author, James Garlow), Stolen Identity (2006), The God of Sex (2006), and One or Two (2010). He has also edited a compendium volume, On Global Wizardry (2010.

Peter Jones is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America, and is married to Rebecca (Clowney) Jones. They have seven children and numerous grandchildren. For recreation, Dr. Jones enjoys playing jazz piano and golf.

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40 of 50 people found the following review helpful By LAWRENCE BOWER on August 24, 2001
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Dr Jones work was not intended as a tool of hatred or intolerance. It is a vehicle to demonstrate that the Biblical Christian worldview is uniquely different from all others and nothing more. The book with great accuracy details step by step the different way Christians and Non Christians (pagans) view Creation, Reality, Ourselves and our place within what has been created. Does he make assertions that pagans are wrong? Yes, but that is not intolerance, rather it is a mature realization that two the different worldviews reject one another. Is that biased? Yes! We are all biased. Ken Ham said "We are all of us biased, Its just a matter of choosing the best bias to be biased with!"
The cacophonies of opposition seem to miss the point of the work. Criticism without sighting specifics is like cooking without heat, the products of your efforts are unfinished, tasteless, and will quickly spoil. "Gospel Truth Pagan Lies" engage specific Ideas with polite clarity. We are all free to reject such ideas, but in doing so by using words and phrases such as, intolerance, Bigotry, and Teaching hate, without a fragment of effort devoted to exposing or refuting the errors or problems with the authors ideas one proves themselves either lazy or irresponsible.
Here is an example, which may demonstrate a topic in which the two opposing worldviews will never reach concord. Aspecting, Channeling, Spirit Guides or Relationships forged during Astral Projection are all terms the New Age (Pagans) may employ to describe what Christians refer to as Demonic contact/possession. We are talking about the same thing (Summoning specific non-corporeal entities) but the two worldviews hold dramatically conflicting judgements as far as the outcome of such undertakings.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 1999
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While the title may seem direct, the point of this work is that we too easily in the evangelical world allow a "hollowed out" gospel to substitute for the one and only way. This not only undermines God's glory; it also silences his people. This book has something to offer anyone interested in thinking about where America is today. It will challenge the reader to explore-- "who do you worship, what do you worship?" The work is clear, concise and nonthreatning. There are five chapters, each devoted to explaining a different point of view from the world's perspective, followed by a corresponding chapter showing the Christian perspective. At the end of each chapter are thought provoking questions that include biblical verses to support the author's conclusions. These questions make the book a good resource for small group discussion. This could be a book you would want to give out to friends who have a worldview inconsistent with the Gospel Truth.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 1999
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Dr. Jones has written a brief, but concise review of the worldwide resurgence of ancient paganism, with a solid Reformed Christian response to it. His format is a not too subtle word-play on the five points of Calvinism to address and answer the "Five Points of Monism". I like the way he writes a specific Bible based response to each of the five points, and then follows them up with a helpful question and answer page to aid the reader in clarifying his/her grasp of the material. It would be very useful as a study book in a class for older youth or adults in the church. I hope my children (college age)will soon read it! Those who enjoy the writings of Josh McDowell or R.C. Sproul may enjoy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. David Steele on July 14, 2014
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A few days ago as my family entered a bookstore, my eight year old son shocked and thrilled me when he asked, “Hey Dad, where can I find the Peter Jones books?” My son is asking the question that scores of Christians should be asking. Enter Gospel Truth, Pagan Lies by Peter Jones.

It is not trendy. It never made the New York Times best sellers list. It is probably not on the shelf of your local Christian book store. (It wasn’t available at the store I was in). In fact, most people have probably never heard about Gospel Truth, Pagan Lies. But this is a very important book that needs to be read.

Dr. Jones clearly unfolds the differences between biblical Christianity and paganism and calls Christ-followers to spiritual discernment: “We need to wake up. Anti-Christian but very spiritual paganism is flooding our land.” Jones notes, “There are only two kinds of spirituality – Christian or pagan. The two systems have nothing in common, and are as different as the truth and the lie. But paganism loves to disguise itself in Christian clothes.”

Jones unpacks the five tenets of monism and contrasts these erroneous components with a Christ-centered and biblically informed worldview. I am intentionally omitting the specific points in this review in order to lure readers to Jones’ excellent work.

Gospel Truths, Pagan Lies should be required Christian reading. Parents need to read it for the sake of their children. Young people need to read it in order to recognize the errors of monism and how these lies have infiltrated their culture. Jones reminds us, “Paganism is like a downward spiral. In the vortex at the bottom is Satan and the worship of evil … Biblical theism is like an upward spiral that brings us into the light of God’s presence.”
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