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Product Details

  • Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: SeedSowers (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940232537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940232532
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For a much better book on house-churches, try "Houses that change the world" by Wolfgang Simson.
kleytos
This book will shake your foundation if you believe that the way we practice Christinaity in America is the Biblical pattern.
Seeking Disciple
He asserts much, but doesn't argue it, or even so much as cite a verse, so the reader can check up on him.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 5, 2002
A previous commentator remarked that Gene Edward's book, How To Meet In Homes, is "cynical and bitter." I recently purchased this book and can testify that this is absolutely not the case, though I can understand why some people may presume such initially; it is because this book is entirely offensive to the modern concept of what it means to "attend church."
I have to say that it is probably without dispute among most Protestant Christians that Martin Luther's 95 thesis, nailed to the Catholic Church's door, are not viewed as being merely the remarks of man who was bitter or cynical (and neither do most Christians regard Luther as being negative or wrongly critical), but most Christians would probably agree in saying that they were penned by a man who was graciously enlightened by God's truth, desperate for closer relationship with Christ, and this revelation motivated him to inspire others with this newfound liberty and not put up with the mistruths and deceptions any longer. Without meaning to elevate brother Gene on too high a pedestal, I would like to suggest that Gene's book be approached with a similar attitude; that Christians would honestly weigh his comments and see if they do not speak truth. I believe he has something powerful to say and I pray that the Church, the body of Christ, will have ears to hear.
This book, in my opinion, has enormous potential to stir and motivate Christians to get bravely real about their approach to the pursuit of the Lord Jesus and their embracing of one another in the body of Christ.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Seeking Disciple VINE VOICE on September 14, 2002
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This book will shake your foundation if you believe that the way we practice Christinaity in America is the Biblical pattern. This book attacks nearly every Christian tradition from the modern pastoral system to the buildings built called "churches." Edwards uses practical sense, Scripture, and church history to show the fallicy of today's modern church.
The book comes across as an attack on the modern church and it is. Edwards makes no claims that he is not attacking the system. One of his quotes is from a Turkish proverb that says, "If you tell the truth when everyone is believing and practicing the opposite, you better have a fast horse." Most "pastors" and clergy (and those who support them) will not like Edwards nor his book since it attacks their careers.
In conclusion, this book is best read by those who are not afraid to question the modern church (1 Thess. 5:21). If you like Sunday mornings at your mainline church, don't read this book! You will get mad and will never be the same.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Reverend R. G. Johnson on September 9, 2000
This book by Gene Edwards is a thoroughly Biblical look at what the New Testament recognises as ekklesia, church meetings of born again believers. The book demolishes the present concept of the one-man Church ministry that so stultifies the growth of most Christians today. It destroys the chains of isolated and powerless involvement of present church goers. It is truly a liberation into the manifested presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is neither cynical nor bitter. The book just describes the parlous state that the present church has degenerated to. The only drawback to the book is its ending where the reader has to send for the follow up book which has not yet been printed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bookman109 on July 12, 2005
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The author has a lot of interesting things to say, although this is not a well-written book. He far from ignorant, but lacks discipline. He asserts much, but doesn't argue it, or even so much as cite a verse, so the reader can check up on him. He repeats a lot, and pounds points into the ground. The whole book has a strident, put-this-in-your-pipe-and-smoke-it tone, which is unnecessary. But again I emphasize, this author has a lot of interesting things to say, and at least he says it without pulling any punches. Most of the author's points can be summarized as follows:

1. Traditional Sunday morning church services (of any stripe) are mind-numingly boring, useless, and without any New Testament justification. They are also positively harmful, rendering the many passive observers.

2. Congregations must be allowed to find their own manner of meeting, without interference by any leadership.

3. (House-) Churches should be planted by itinerant church planters / apostles, who stay for a short time - a few months to no more than a few years, with infrequent visits thereafter. This is the ONLY correct and workable way for an assembly to begin, according to our author. Why? "It is just God's way." (p. 129)

4. The standard evangelical church service derives from John Calvin, who was a murderous mini-dictator.

5. Everyone there should participate in Christian meetings, which should be spontaneous and of infinite variety.

As he says, despite the title, this is in no way a how-to manual, but rather a call for revolution. Better title: Institutional Church Services Suck, and There's Something Better for Christians to Do.
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