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Christianity in Crisis Audio, Cassette – Audiobook, July 1, 1993
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The one thing that really concerns me is the very last section of this book titled, "The Three Universal Creeds". In this section Mr. Hanegraaff quotes, "The Apostles' Creed", "The Nicene Creed" and "The Creed of Athanasius". There are several reasons that I find Mr. Hanegraaff committed a great error in ending his book with these creeds.
1. When you are making an intellectual argument against something you claim is false, you must closely examine yourself to make sure that while you are pointing a finger at someone else, you are not pointing three fingers at yourself. While Mr. Hanegraaaff, makes some good arguments against the teachers of the faith movement, if he himself is guilty of the same kind of ideology, everything he said is called into question. By quoting these three Catholic Creeds as his closing statement, Mr. Hanegraaaff solidly aligns himself with the Catholic church, which is guilty of almost every single one of the anti-Christ, anti-God heresies that Mr. Hanegraaaff condemns the faith movement teachers of making. The Catholic church's whole foundation is based on the concept that there are men mere men who are "God's mouth piece on earth" (i.e. the pope). The Catholic church historically is the worst distorter of the clear teaching of Holy scriptures and has taught many outrageous heresies over the centuries, and continues to do so today. It would take a book much larger then "Christianity in Crisis" to even scratch the surface of the spiritual crimes and scriptural heresies committed by the Catholic church over the last fifteen hundred years, but in the end you would find that the Catholic Church is the largest cultic organization on earth. By quoting these Catholic Creeds Mr. Hanegraaaff is essentially using the statements of one cultic religious group to discredit the statements of another cultic religious group, and in doing so, he commits intellectual suicide and discredits himself as an unbiased judge.
2. When making an intellectual argument, your closing statements are the most important part of your argument. It is in your closing statements that you want to present your most solid evidence for your case. While the Catholic creeds that Mr. Hanegraaaff quotes in his closing statements, do contain some truths derived from the Holy Scriptures, they are not in fact "The Inspired Word of God". These creeds are not found anywhere in the Bible. In using them as his closing statement, Mr. Hanegraaaff is exalting these creeds as the definitive authority on the subject of God and Truth. Essentially, Mr. Hanegraaaff, is saying, "These are the most authoritative things that I believe and why you should believe what I am saying." In doing so, Mr. Hanegraaaff, exalts these creeds even above the very scriptures themselves. Why? Because, I am sure that, Mr. Hanegraaaff, knows hundreds, if not thousands, of passages from God's Holy Word, that he could have used as his closing statements, but he chose to use these creeds, because he considers them to be of more authority and the decisive word on the subject. In doing so, he also commits the same crime that he accuses the faith teachers of. The faith teachers exalt themselves as the anointed and then claim that they receive "Special Revelation" that they then use as the authority on the subject of truth instead of the clear teachings of God's Word. The Catholic church is guilty a thousand times over of committing this same exact crime, and by using their creeds in his final statements, Mr. Hanegraaaff has committed the same crime he accuses the faith teachers of.
3. In a few places throughout the book, Mr. Hanegraaaff, refers to historically accepted Christian truths or traditions as an authoritative counter argument to what the faith teachers are teaching. While this is not as much of a case of intellectual suicide (when it comes to his case against the faith teachers) as aligning himself with the Catholic church, it never the less is a huge hole in his over all case against the faith teachers. Why? Because one day in the future, what the faith teachers are teaching today will be considered, "Historic". And, since what they teach is accepted and followed by million of people claiming to be Christians, including the most major and influential "Christian" figures of this day, these faith movement teachings could also be qualified as "Christian truths and traditions". Imagine if you will, that at some point in the future another person like, Mr. Hanegraaaff, were to try to discredit a false teaching of that day by using as his source of authority, the accepted Christian Truths and Traditions of this era as taught by the faith movement teachers. How much authority should that generation grant to that argument. I propose, NONE. So when, Mr. Hanegraaaff, uses as a point of authority what was historically accepted as Christian truths or traditions, he is relying, once again on man's opinion for the bases of his argument, and not the clear teachings of the Word of God. This opens him and his whole case up for attack.
Now I want to make it clear here, that there is much to be learned from this book as a whole, and I am not trying to discourage anyone from reading it. Mr. Hanegraaaff, does present some very good, Bible based, solid arguments against the teaching of the faith movement. His section on, "Apologetics: The Defense of the Faith", is very good and I highly recommend that that section should be learned by heart by every person who calls themselves a Christian. I believe that, Mr. Hanegraaaff, was very sincere in his writing of this book, and that he desperately wants to free people from the deceptive teachings of the faith movement teachers and I applaud him for this effort. My concern is that, Mr. Hanegraaaff, is blind to the hypocrisy of his own beliefs, especially when it comes to aligning himself with the Catholic church, which is guilty a thousand times over of the same heresies as the faith teachers he so vehemently attacks in this book. I know this book was written a long time ago and my hope is that, since then, he has disaligned himself from the Catholic church, and now relies solely on the clear teaching of the Word of God for the bases of his arguments.
Benny Hinn said he was "in the presence of Jesus Christ and He is saying women were not suppose to give birth the way they do. They were suppose to have children out of their sides. But due to Eve's sin women now give birth vaginally." ISN"T THAT INSANE? He claimed Jesus told him that while Benny was standing in Jesus' presence, Yet after the SHOW he then said, "Well maybe that wasn't Jesus that told me that." So, if it was not Jesus that told him that who was it and the Bible clearly tells us if a man prophecies in the name of Jesus Christ and it is not 100% accurate, that man is a LIAR and of the devil.
This is but a drop in the bucket with these people. They drive the best cars, live in mansions ALL ON YOUR MONEY. And when you do not get rich as they tell you will happen they then tell you, "It is because you do not have enough faith." If your child dies like so many have because the parents believed God would heal the child or they were told the child was healed and to not look at the "Symptoms they are just a lie from the devil." Then the person dies, they are told it was their fault because they did not have enough faith to keep the person alive or get them healed. Talk about adding insult to injury.
If you do not know the Word of God and what to look for from these new Age, Mind Science EVIL men and women than you will be sucked into it as well. Hank Hanegraaf lays it out perfectly and once you read this you will NEVER be deceived again by one of those liars. BUY IT TODAY!
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