Confronting The Cults
By: Gordon R. Lewis
This book, to start with, is written very differently than most books on cults. It is not technical or difficult to understand but very easy to understand. It does not address the history of each cult and try to give a brief systematic theology of their system. Instead, it seeks a more practical approach to the cults. It asks the following questions:
1.Do you base your teachings on revelations or sacred writings other than the Bible?
2.Is your primary task to preach the Gospel?
3.Do you believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ, the anointed one of God who has come in the flesh? Is Jesus the eternal Word of God become flesh?
4.Do you believe that Christ’s shed blood is the only basis for the forgiveness of your sins?
5.Do you believe that Jesus rose from the dead?
6.Are you personally trusting Jesus Christ as your own Redeemer and Lord?
7.Do you depend upon some achievements of your own for your salvation, or is your trust exclusively in the grace of God?
This questions are asked to Jehovah’s Witnesses, LDS Mormons, Christian Scientists, Seventh-Day Adventists, Students of Unity, and Spiritualists. The only problem I have os the treatment of Seventh-Day Adventists. I generally agree with him but I’m not certain his conclusions on some topics is fair. I believe he seeks to be fair but have to question his understanding of some of their doctrines. It could be that the modern SDA books I’ve read are a result of a change of doctrine within the Chruch (quite possible). Whether he is mistaken or SDA has changed I still have minor doubts about this section. Still, it does not at all take away from the book.
This is very practically and evangelistically driven (as opposed to informationally driven) book that seeks to equip Christians to help bring people out of the cults. This approach, quite frankly, is brilliant. Although it was written in 1965 it is still totally relevant today. Many more information driven treatments of the topic hardly stay relevant for a decade because of how often cults change their doctrines. A true classic.