- Paperback: 788 pages
- Publisher: Sharing (November 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1891117173
- ISBN-13: 978-1891117176
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Billy Graham and His Friends: A Hidden Agenda? Paperback – November 1, 2001
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Which brings us to why I did not rate this book with five stars. Anytime a non-fiction book really delivers valid information with ample documentation (which was incidentally quite impressive), it is eligible for a five-star rating as far as I'm concerned. One would be hard pressed to find a more copiously documented work. So why four stars? The answer is simple. Dr. Burns is so locked into the mainstream evangelical mindset, that she can only see evil elsewhere. She is obviously unable to discern the Trojan horses that have infected her own circles. The specifics follow.
First, Dr. Burns is a cessationist. On page 99, she actually put in print that speaking in tongues "...is not a sign that a person is a Christian." Now, some of us understand that, regarding tongues, the counterfeit has received widespread exposure while the genuine has been rarely observed, which is one factor to keep in mind. If one has never experienced the real McCoy and only knows the fake, the genuine becomes all too easy to dismiss. Burns is fully at home in that tragic trap, and pages 519-521 illustrate this quite well. Of course, the Apostle Paul would vehemently disagree with the above quote from page 99 by Dr. Burns. She quoted a lot of scriptures in her book, but interestingly, she never quotes 1 Corinthians 14:5. And she possibly never thoroughly traced what the book of Acts reveals about speaking in tongues.
Second, Dr. Burns is an Immortalist, and she lumps those Christians who are Annihilationists right in with pagans, witches, and Communists who also do not believe in everlasting torment for the wicked. This Trojan horse of Immortalism is, in my humble opinion, one of the most basic and tragic issues that hamper and limit Evangelical efforts. According to Dr Burns, anyone who does not believe in the mainstream theological concept of everlasting torment also does not believe in the inerrancy of scripture. Actually, some of us are Annihilationists precisely because we do believe in the inerrancy of scripture. The Bible clearly speaks of the complete destruction of the wicked, not their unending torture by a loving God (which is a contradiction in terms). To be clear, Immortalists believe 'torment' is literal, while 'perish' and 'death' are figurative; and Annihilationists believe 'perish' and 'death' are meant literally while 'torment' is used hyperbolically. Dr. Burns is flat wrong that Annihilationists do not believe in the inerrancy of scripture, and I am a living and breathing proof of her (common to Evangelicals') mistake.
I could go on with a third major point of theological disagreement, but I choose not to because this effort by Dr.Burns does not deserve my complaints as much as it deserves my praise. Dr. Burns has illustrated that she has clearly seen the dangers of the New Age movement, and the mendacity embedded in environmentalism, in entertainment, in politics, and in other facets of life. Furthermore, she can articulate these warnings so that the reader can wake up and smell the coffee. And people do need to be prodded awake. A one-world, new-world order is looming, and it won't be led by faith, but by rebellion. Many will fall victim to it with long-range circumstances. Those who learn from Dr. Burns will be better able to minimize the long-term consequences. Those who fail to heed her call will pay the worst possible price. But it won't be everlasting torture in hell. It will be the second death - from which there will be no resurrection.
There's a lot more to this book--it contains well over 500 pages with references to prove all this out, so it's not just someone saying this about him, there's actual proof there.
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