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This review is from: How to Survive in the Pharisee Church: And Other Questions for Confused Christians (Kindle Edition)
Seriously, it's a good book! I put my heart and soul into this one. It's not just about pharisaism. As I wrote, my insight expanded and I came to recognize that blaming ALL my problems on the church was just a little too simplistic. So my remit expanded and I talked about a whole lot of other areas where the christian life can come to grief. That's why I added the subtitle.
The short philosophical starting point of the book is, I suppose, the truism that Jesus was crucified at the behest of what was, essentially, the church of his time. That is, by those who regarded themselves as being the ecclesia, the called out ones, of God. So unless things have radically changed in the meantime, and there's not much reason to suppose that they have, we're left with two churches, the one that Jesus founded, and the one that Jesus was executed by. And when we look at the churches of today we have to ask the question, Which type of church am I looking at here. I've tried not to be judgmental, or to say that all churches are bad of anti-God or suchlike - jsut that they CAN be, and we always have to ask the question.
This is a personal book and a practical book. It's written for hurting people, people who've been wounded in church and don't understand how or why. It's an attempt to help people understand and to help them find a way forwards. Really, if you're in any way in that situation I'd like to recommend this book to you. To find out more take a look at PhariseeChurch.com which is the companion website.
Now I'm going to give myself five stars . . . and that's a genuine rating, I really believe it!
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