- Hardcover: 284 pages
- Publisher: Moody Press; Fourth Printing edition (1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802487769
- ISBN-13: 978-0802487766
- Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Agony of Deceit: What Some TV Preachers are Really Teaching Hardcover – 1990
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Before coming to WSC, Michael Horton completed a Research Fellowship at Yale University Divinity School. He is a member of various societies, including the American Academy of Religion and the Evangelical Theological Society, and author of thirty books, including a series of studies in Reformed dogmatics published by Westminster John Knox, whose final volume (People and Place: A Covenant Ecclesiology) was published in 2008 and won the 2008 Christianity Today Book of the Year award in Theology.
His most recent book is Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World. He has written articles for Modern Reformation, Pro Ecclesia, Christianity Today, The International Journal of Systematic Theology, Touchstone, and Books and Culture.
Michael Horton is a minister in the United Reformed Churches of North America, and lives in Escondido, with his wife, Lisa, and four children.
Top Customer Reviews
WHAT SOME TV PREACHERS ARE REALLY TEACHING
EDITED BY MICHAEL HORTON
This extra-ordinary book goes to great lengths to teach what the Gospel is NOT and what the gospel IS. The editor, Michael Horton, apart from making significant contributions of his own, has gathered together contributors of considerable standing in the literary and Christian worlds. Their combined purpose is the exposing of the teachings of certain television evangelists with worldwide audiences numbering many millions.
It is plain from the text that, before commiting their opinions to writing, the contributors first attempted, by one-on-one counselling, to persuede the TV evangelists to reconsider their theological views in respect of the Gospel. When this failed they carefully analyzed the writings and broadcast sermons of the televangelists in the light of the Gospel as presented in the Bible. The contributors express alarm at what they consider false prophecy being propagated over the air waves, leading millions of believers to a gross misunderstanding of the Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ with all its attendent consequences.
"The Agony of Deceit" equates the influence of televangelism with the harmful influence of the medieval church which preceded the Reformation led by Martin Luther, and which left countless millions of souls floundering for centuries in a kind of spiritual wilderness.
"The Agony of Deceit" questions whether or not television and evangelism can be equally yoked together. It warns about the nature of the television ministry leading to an atmosphere of alienation among Christians. It throws out a powerful challenge to the authodox church to get involved in television ministry to counter the message of the televangelists.Read more ›
The strength of this book is the many different experts who rage in the battle for Christological and theological orthodoxy. Each person handels topics he is most apt to address. Horton's introduction brilliantly sets the stage, "This book argues that the struggle for orthodoxy is the struggle for the authentic 'message of Jesus Christ'."
Other chapters of note is the late Walter Martin's chapter on the "little gods" doctrine often snuck in by faith teachers. This was Martin's last published essay (he died after writing the essay, but the book was not published until after his death).
Horton's "The TV Gospel" and Godfrey's "The TV Chruch are written very well and are clear and concise. C. Everett Koop's chapter on faith healing and God's sovereignty is also extremely well done.
For another well written work on the subject read "Christianity in Crisis" by Hank Hanagraff.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book came on time but at some point - the pages had been wet and were stiff and all slightly bent.Published 12 months ago by crehab
Excellent Book, very informative, quite accurate, and speaks to the truth of the matter, sad though that it is. Read morePublished 19 months ago by A. Johnson
After 31 years, this book still presents a challenge for both atheist and Christians alike. The book is timeless in nature.Published 20 months ago by Ivan P. Kovak
This is one of those books you wont be able to put down while your JAW is hanging wide open as you find out things you NEVER really knew was going on in the churches of today. Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by Ronald D. Godwin
This book should be in the hands of every Christian who is concerned about keeping the faith essential to it's fundamental roots. This exposes the heretic's for what they are. Read morePublished on September 11, 2012 by GRTSDCA
This straight from the shoulder reference work may offend some sensitive souls who have bought into the HWP (health, wealth and prosperity) mindset being preached in many of the TV... Read morePublished on February 16, 2012 by anton dubrov
This book deserves zero stars. Aside from a couple of good essays in it, this is one of the worst books I have ever read. Read morePublished on March 30, 2005 by H. O. Olney
This book is a collection of essays written by Michael Horton and a dozen other writers from diverse theological backgrounds. Read morePublished on August 23, 2002