False Gospels

Book Review: Health, Wealth, and Happiness, by David Jones and Russell Woodbridge

Review by Trevin Wax | 9Marks Journal: Don't Be Too Cool for Sunday School | 12.29.2011

Pastors will want to have not merely one copy of this on their bookshelf, but multiple copies to hand out to church members.

Book Review: Preachers of a Different Gospel, by Femi Adeleye

Review by Trevin Wax | 9Marks Journal: Don't Be Too Cool for Sunday School | 12.19.2011

This book is a heartfelt plea to reject the prosperity gospel and embrace the biblical message that saves.

When, Why, & Where To Draw Boundaries

By Wayne Grudem | 9Marks Journal: Cooperation | 04.02.2010

It is impractical and impossible to rule out doctrinal errors before they appear. Problems must be dealt with after . . . they have become a significant problem for the church.

How to Become a Liberal Without Attending Harvard Divinity School

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: A New Evangelical Liberalism | 04.02.2010

I love my sheep. And I love myself. And it’s those two loves, wrongly focused, that tempt me down a gospel-denying path.

Does God promise Christians material wealth and physical health in this life?


In the gospel, God gives us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ (Eph. 1:3): we’re made righteous in his sight, freed from slavery to sin, given the Holy Spirit to dwell in us, adopted into God’s family, and ultimately given eternal life.

What is the difference between a man-centered gospel and the true gospel?


There are countless man-centered “gospels” on offer today. Such “gospels” say things like, “God wants to make you rich and prosperous in this life,” or “God wants to heal you of every physical and emotional ailment,” or “God wants to provide for whatever needs you feel you have.”

But how do these man-centered gospels differ from the true, biblical, God-centered gospel?

What are the most dangerous threats to the gospel today?


It’s impossible to answer what’s “most” dangerous to the gospel today without God’s knowledge of everything. But here are some prominent threats that loom on the horizon:

What are some messages that people falsely claim are the gospel?


Why should churches draw doctrinal boundaries?

False teaching harms the church. Paul calls right doctrine “sound” or “healthy” (1 Tim. 1:10; 2 Tim. 4:3). False teaching, by contrast, is spiritually destructive (2 Pet. 2:1). False teaching spreads. The New Testament warns us that false teaching spreads like gangrene (1 Tim. 2:17). Churches should draw boundaries for the sake of their health and even their very lives.  

Book Review: Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church, by D. A. Carson

Review by Paul Alexander | 03.05.2010

What good is evangelistic ministry if we lose the evangel?

Book Review: The Lost Message of Jesus, by Steve Chalke

Review by Mike Gilbart-Smith | 03.05.2010


Book Review: The Church Beyond the Congregation, by James Thwaites

Review by Greg Gilbert | 03.03.2010

James Thwaites is a sobering example of what can happen when we allow a philosophy or idea to gain ascendancy in our minds, and only then ask the Scriptures to agree with us.

Book Review: The Prayer of Jabez, by Bruce Wilkinson

Review by Greg Gilbert | 03.03.2010

The theology of prayer that Wilkinson teaches in the book is entirely unconnected to the Christian gospel.

Book Review: A New Kind of Christian, by Brian McLaren

Review by Mark Dever | 03.02.2010

The church of Christ can survive both bad books and bad reviews. Perhaps in this case, it will have to survive both.

Book Review: The Irresistible Revolution, by Shane Claiborne

Review by Shane Walker | 9Marks Journal: Living As a Church | 03.02.2010

The book’s theology is an unbiblical and incoherent synthesis which might be described as popularized Christian anarchism for young, disaffected, middle-class Americans.