Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up
by Sylvia Cochran
Christian Book Review – Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up (First Edition)
(A New Look at Today’s Evangelical Church in the Light of Early Christianity)
Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up (First Edition)
by David W. Bercot
Scroll Publishing Company
Book Review: Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up
I first picked up “Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up” shortly after I became a Christian. After reading it through, I must confess that it did not speak to me very much, other than to confirm many of my newfound beliefs. Recently – some 14 years later – I picked it up for a second time, and I must confess that it was an eye-opener.
“Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up” essentially answers the questions
- 1. How did we end up with so many different denominations?
- 2. Does it matter which church I belong to, as long as it is Christian?
- 3. Could I ever fall for a false doctrine?
The book examines fundamental doctrinal shifts within with Christian church against the backdrop of changing political climates in the First Century. It takes to task the Reformation for cherry-picking “faith” as opposed to “works” when it comes to becoming a saved Christian, while Scripture clearly advocates a balanced mix of the two.
This is an enormously valuable book for the Christian who has been around the church for a while. It challenges and encourages the daily reader of Scripture to dig deeper and not take anyone else’s word for the creation of personal convictions. Secondly, it sources some core beliefs that clearly are not found in Scripture.
For the Christian parent, this book can be a helpful source of initiating discourse with a preteen or teen, who is gradually exploring and expanding on their faith. Too old to still be part of a children’s ministry, but too young to fully grasp all of concepts and theology that make up the wealth of the Christian conviction, “Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up” offers an anchor that helps the (pre)teens to find grounding within the church.
Caveat: This review pertains only to the first edition of the book; subsequent editions chronicle the author’s take on and struggle with the Anglican Church
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