Saturday, March 8, 2014

Counterfeit Gospels-Rediscovering the Good News in a World of False Hope by Trevin Wax

In this book, you will learn the threefold crisis in the Church is the lack of Gospel confidence, Gospel clarity, and the Gospel community. The Gospel Story, Gospel Announcement, and Gospel Community are referred to as the three-legged stool.

To understand the Gospel, Mr. Was explains, you must know the back-story in order to apply the teachings in the current era. He states, “we must keep the Gospels grounded in history.” He also asks the question, “What is the Gospel Story?” Then it is broken down as The Creation, The Fall, The Redemption, and The Restoration. He brings to our attention, “Life is not random and meaningless….there is a divine purpose at work behind all that takes place.”  

There are other interestingly named counterfeits we are all prone to, The Happy Meal, The Fill’er Up, and the Paid Programming gospels. I like these ingenious titles. Mr. Wax comments that these gospels make us feel good, feel full, and the need not to attend the local churches without giving the full gospel story.

All of the above is in part one of the book. Parts 2 and 3 cover The Announcement and The Community consecutively. You will learn Mr. Wax’s take on the arrival of God’s Kingdom, the sinless life, death and resurrection of Jesus, and the importance of the church community today.

I enjoyed this well-written discussion of different counterfeit gospels Christians often lean toward. He gives food for thought on each of the sub-topics presented. Each chapter is referenced with ‘Scripture Truths’ which Mr. Wax uses to base his statements. It would behoove you to have your Bible readily available. I recommend this book for all who know of counterfeit gospels, and want an in-depth look on how to identify them using the three-legged stool system.

I received this book free from Moody Publishers through the MP Newsroom Reviewer Program for an unbiased review.

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