Christian Controversy


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"If it's not controversial, it's not important" (generally speaking, of course).

This website has been established to deal with modern Christian controversies of which there are no lack. Specifically, it is for the purpose of addressing commonly held misconceptions and "new" doctrinal fads that crop up in the church as often as weeds do in one's lawn. Thorough, often exhaustive research has been done here in order to address several of these issues, being conducted in a Biblically-oriented manner with heavy reliance on Greek and Hebrew lexicons, theological dictionaries, commentaries, etc. This research is being presented here in two forms: (1) studies, which are free PDF downloads; and (2) whole books, which are reasonably priced. Links to Amazon.com have been provided. Please note that these works are not characterized as being "theology-light" and are not designed for easy reading.

The following is a list of subjects presented here along with a short synopsis of each. The studies or "papers" are listed first; the list of books follows. This is all copyrighted material.

PLEASE NOTE that this is a relatively new website, having been published on January 21, 2017, and few studies have been posted so far. Many other studies have been written but they are not in presentable form. As the author has time, these will be added to this collection.


STUDIES

Yoga stretching and exercise classes have become very popular and have spread across the Western world. These classes have been embraced by many Christians, and some churches have even included them in the services they offer. Christian participants seem to be oblivious to the real origin, meaning, and possible spiritual affects of this practice. Are there dangers that lurk therein and is there such a thing as "Christian Yoga?" Click on the link above for a free 15 page download.

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If you would like to make a comment about this document on Yoga (after having read it), click here: Comments


BOOKS

One of the centuries-old controversies is the question of whether or not a Christian could have a demonic spirit. The author has spent twelve years researching and writing about this issue. The result is a book of three volumes that goes into great detail about this subject. Click on the book title itself to be taken to the page that gives a description of each volume along with links to where these book can be obtained.


Loren Cunningham has co-authored a book with David Hamilton on the issue of woman leadership in the church. They insist that Paul's prohibitions against women teaching men, and his opposition to women being in leadership positions in the church, is just a big misunderstanding. They use history, logic, Biblical interpretation, and definitions of key Greek words in order to "prove" their points, going into considerable detail. But they have used questionable tactics in their drive to equate men and women in the church: they have used misinterpretation, proof-texting, twisting, exaggeration, and confusion, and have used these tactics throughout their book. One of their points has even lead them into a heresy. Indeed, almost every paragraph contains one or more theological errors. So the present author found it necessary to go into even greater detail in order to demonstrate that there are real "problems" in their theology. Thus, while their book is around 250 pages long, it was necessary to make this response over 400 pages long.

This book is intended to be a companion work to the smaller book listed below, Women Elders in a Church: Is This Biblical? Both are available on Amazon.com.

Price: $2.99 (Kindle version only)

Comments? If you would like to make a comment about this book by Cunningham & Hamilton (after having read it), click here: Comments


There is a strange thing happening in conservative churches: some are beginning to ordain women as elders. They think that if a man is an elder, then his wife may be considered as being an elder as well. Liberal churches have been been doing this for decades, except that they go beyond this: they ordain women to the eldership outright, regardless of the status of their husbands. But where is the Biblical evidence for doing any of this? Such a thing is clearly against the teachings of the apostle Paul. Did he know what he was talking about? Are his teachings on this matter mere expressions of culturally bound, antiquated beliefs of ancient times? These are questions that need to be addressed.

This small book is meant to be a companion work to the book listed just above entitled, Response to Loren Cunningham's Book, "Why Not Women?" The book of about 95 pages long.

Price: $.99 (Kindle version only)

Comments? If you would like to make a comment about this book on women elders (after having read it), click here: Comments


FUTURE STUDIES COMING SOON:

Click on the title above to be taken to a brief description of a future study or book.


FUTURE BOOKS COMING SOON:

Bill Johnson and Bethel Church: a Balanced Observation and Study

Bill Johnson is the pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, California, a very large and sucessful church. However, he, and it, are very controversial. This is because there are some very good things happening in this church, but also a lot of bad theology is being produced there. This book is almost done; it is hoped to be able to complete it by the end of June of this year.

Update: here it is mid-July of 2017, and it is still not done yet. More good material is still being added, including the observations of a couple of recent visits to Bethel itself. Let's try for September.

Update, Nov 10, 2017: almost done with it. Perhaps by the end of this month or the first part of December.

Update, Jan 6, 2018: I had to read two more books and include their information into this research. I am now working on the final drafts, which means I have to read it over several times in order to make needed corrections. The book is now over 200 pages long so it cannot be completed in a week or two. I hope to get it done by the end of this month or the first part of February.

Update, March 3, 2018: This process of going over the drafts always seems to take longer than I think it is going to take. Of course, new ideas also continue to occur to me as I am doing this, and so I have to take the time to work these into the book as I proceed; and that, in itself, can take a few hours. I have now gone over the whole book about one and one-half times since January, and the length is over 250 pages (not counting the appendixes, of which there are eight). I should go over the whole book a couple more times. Now we are looking at perhaps April for the completion. But then I plan to submit it to some publishers to see if they are interested in the book, and hearing back from them can take six weeks. Well, this is a long and tedious process, and I need to take a break at some point, but it is all well worth it. Personally, I am pleased with how it is all coming together; it is a rather comprehensive work.

Update, May 18, 2018: Completed getting the endnotes in order and am almost done. But then I had some legal questions about paraphrasing or summarizing other books. For instance, I included a lot of information about the NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) from one particular book. So I consulted an Intellectual Property Rights lawyer and found out that I may have used too much information from this one source. In other words, it may not be legal to paraphrase or summarize an entire book which might cause other readers to not buy that book after having read mine. The original authors might suffer financial loss in that case. Therefore, I am thinking that I should read a couple more books on this topic and take some information from them, not just from one source only. So, unfortunately, there will be another delay in finishing this work. I do labor on this book about four hours a day (five days a week), and the book is over 300 pages long, but still, it seems to take forever to "get it right."


The Rapture: Pre-Trib, Mid-Trib, or Post-Trib?

This, of course, is another great controversy of modern times. When is the rapture supposed to happen: before, during, or after the tribulation period of the Book of Revelation? Is there any way to figure out exactly which of these views is correct? Yes, there is, if we go deep enough into Biblical theology and history. This book goes into more detail than most other books on the subject. When complete, it will have taken about seven years to write (over six years to this point); but this work had to be delayed in order to deal with other important issues that have come up in local churches, like the two issues mentioned above: the ordination of women to the eldership of a church and the reply to Loren Cunningham's book, Why Not Women. And, of course, the book on Bill Johnson and Bethel Church will also have to be completed first. Then the author will return to this endeavor and try to complete this book on the rapture.

Many more studies and a few more books will be posted in the future. It is just a matter of finding the time to convert these studies into presentable forms; unfortunately, this is a slow process.


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