How the Church Lost the Way: And How it Can Find it Again Paperback – 12 May 2009
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... this important book, which if the Christian world were to take to heart would change the face of the Church as we know it today ... --Julia Fisher, writer and broadcaster
I believe that every pastor and ordinand in the country will benefit from reading this book ... --Mark Weeden, Worthing Tabernacle
Read this book; enjoy this book; but above all, learn the lessons of this book. They are profoundly important for the successful testimony of the true Church in these end days ...
--Chris Hill, international Bible teacher
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it throws much light on the Jewish Feasts and how Jesus came in fulfilment to Old Testament prophecy. Shows that
much that goes on as ritual in our churches today goes back to Greek misconceptions and Plato’s ideas that spirit is good
and body is bad. Thoroughly recommend it .
The central message of the book is HUGE. I am still thinking through the implications of the book now. The way we `do church' is largely based on Greek philosophy rather than scripture. You do not have to read far into the book to realise who the real villain of the peace is. St Augustine of Hippo!!! This man, revered by Catholics and reformed Christians alike, helped finish a long process of uprooting Christian theology from its Jewish roots and mixeing it with the philosophy of Plato.
I find it very odd that many Calvinists, who (quite rightly) work hard at defending the faith against false teachers who compromise the Christian message seem to have a complete blind spot where it comes to Augustine. This is probably because he had a profound influence on both Luther and Calvin, particularly with regard to the doctrines of predestination and the helplessness of man. And yet his writings were riddled with theological error.
The first few chapters are very similar to David Pawson's sermon series `DeGreecing the Church' - in fact I was left wondering which one had cribbed the others' notes.
The book explores many of the implications of returning to a biblical worldview, such as how to interpret scripture (more literally, less allegorically), how to teach scripture (more interactively), where to meet and worship (in the home among the family, not just in church) and how to view God (knowing His ways, relating to Him, not just philosophising about His nature). It could have definitely gone further. I would have liked a discussion on education, for example, which has surely been hugely affected by Greek methods.
He could have also gone much further to spell out more of Augustine's false teachings - such as the irrevocable nature of Holy Orders (and the abuse of the `laity' this has led to for centuries) and the Anti Semitism of many of the church fathers (and the shameful record of the church, both Catholic and Reformed) for centuries.
Maltz's style is slightly disorderly, but very conversational and quite witty at times. I recommend this book if you want serious food for thought.
There were numerous places where I, too, felt a little let down by the shallowness of the teaching.
I knew nothing about the book before having it sent to me by a friend so had no expectations. However, I think the book is good for people who have wandered along with denominational interpretations that have been non-Jewish and, worse, have actually cut away from the Jewish culture and background of the Scriptures.
For those of us who are already trying to put the Jewishness back in to the Bible, it's probably not worth reading.
But all books can't be all things to all men. This is a commendable effort.
Having said that, I found the book interesting, some of the background I certainly didn't know and I will read it again. Maybe my expectations of the book weren't quite in line with its remit.