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Book Review: Another Gospel?: A Lifelong Christian Seeks Truth in Response to Progressive Christianity By Alisa Childers

Years ago I took a job working as the Music and Performing Arts Administrator at a large, reputable church near my home in Atlanta in hopes of learning as much as possible about choral music, music theory, and singing as worship. My boss was an ordained Methodist minister and a former university music professor. I knew I would learn a lot from him.

And learn a lot, I did. Just not in the way I had thought.

After taking the job, I came to realize that this minister did not believe that Jesus rose from the dead, he did not believe the Bible was historically reliable, and he did not believe miracles were possible. Of course, it didn’t take long for him to identify me as one of those “crazy, dangerous fundamentalists who believes all this [expletive].”

Over the next two years, he and I had several informal debates in the privacy of our music offices. He pointed to apparent contradictions in the Bible as proof that it wasn’t trustworthy. He brought up suffering as evidence that God, as I understood Him, did not exist. He mocked my belief that God created Adam and Eve in His image and that every human being has value because of his or her imago Dei. And he attacked the God of the Bible for His “racism and genocide” (i.e. the conquest of Canaan), “blood-thirsty vengeance” (the doctrine of Hell), “Divine child abuse” (Jesus’ death as payment for our sins), and “the recently-invented absurdity of penal substitution” (payment of a debt by one person on behalf of another in order to put the debtor in right standing). He shared several other objections to historic Christianity as well.

Had I not been equipped to respond to these attacks on my faith, the results could have been devastating, and not only for my life now, but for eternity.

My experience is becoming increasingly common as so-called “Progressive Christianity” takes root in congregations everywhere. It is not only happening in mainstream denominations that departed from the Scriptures decades ago, but also in evangelical churches and among highly influential Christian leaders who write best-selling books and lead large congregations.

This was the experience of Alisa Childers, a long-time Christian, raised in the church by committed, evangelical parents who lived out their faith every day in their actions, decisions, and priorities. Yet when Alisa was confronted with the claims of Progressive Christianity in a discipleship group led by her pastor, she didn’t know how to respond.

As my Music Minister had done, Alisa’s pastor redefined commonly-used words in what appeared to be an attempt to deceive people in his church using familiar language. Alisa’s pastor, like mine, also utilized carefully-crafted questions to sow seeds of doubt in hopes of eventually leading his students to reject core Christian doctrines.

Unfortunately, these pastors are no longer anomalies in the American church. Our churches are filled with wolves in sheep’s clothing who are doing the work of the Enemy to lead many away from Christ, and every single true believer must become equipped to respond to the lies they present.

This is where Alisa Childers’ new book is extremely valuable. Titled Another Gospel?: A Lifelong Christian Seeks Truth in Response to Progressive Christianity, this engaging book follows Alisa’s journey from faith through doubt and into secure conviction rooted in reliable evidence.

Alisa’s personal story is fascinating, but this book is not merely an autobiography. At every turn, she shares the answers she discovered in her search for the truth, and in doing so she equips the reader to be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks for a reason for the hope that is in us. (1 Peter 3:15).

With clarity, wisdom, and insight, Alisa responds to attacks against the Bible and against the character of God. She unapologetically defends God’s holiness and His wrath, Jesus’ death on the cross, and the doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement. She corrects common misunderstandings of the doctrine of Hell and punishment, and she provides helpful answers to charges that God is a child abuser, a tyrant, and a monster.

In short, Alisa equips readers to respond to the most common attacks against classical Christianity raised by Progressive Christians.

The good news, as Alisa wisely reminds us, is that there is nothing new under the sun. The infiltration of Christian congregations by those who seek to deceive believers has been going on since the inception of Christianity. Several such heresies are laid out in chapter 6. Accordingly, the saints who came before us have been defending the faith from error for 2,000 years, and we have a lot of accumulated evidence upon which to stand.

Now is the time to apply this accumulated knowledge to the specific challenges presented to us today by Progressive Christians. Thanks to Alisa, the hard work has been done for us. We need only read, study, and learn the information that has already been placed before us so that when the time comes, we are ready to defend the treasure with which God has so graciously entrusted us.

As Progressive Christianity spreads, the cost of remaining ignorant or silent increases, as does the urgency to find those who are willing to spend time learning the evidence and defending the faith. A great first step toward that end is to learn from Alisa’s knowledge and experience in her book, Another Gospel?. Otherwise, we may one day find ourselves or our loved ones on the receiving end of these harsh words, first written by the apostle Paul to the church at Galatia:

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-9)

If you are not equipped to distinguish a distortion of the gospel from the true gospel and effectively defend against the challenges raised above, I highly recommend Another Gospel? by Alisa Childers. If you aren’t sure how to respond to criticisms, for example, that the Bible is unreliable, that God commanded genocide, that God the Father is a vengeful, divine child abuser, and other similar claims, this is a must-read.

Similarly, if you aren’t confident as to whether you could identify insidious uses of terms such as “the inspiration of the Scriptures”, “the existence of hell”, and “belief in Jesus”, then this book is for you.

In short, if you aren’t aware of the basic claims of Progressive Christians and the evidence that defeats these claims, this book is for you. It is not written for seasoned apologists who are looking for new arguments or cutting edge research. But if you enjoy personal stories and are in need of useful, accessible information that will help you defend against cunning schemes to distort and destroy the faith, Another Gospel? is a great place for you to start.

In the words of Lee Strobel, who gives Another Gospel? a raving endorsement in his foreword to the book, may we all do our part “in securing the anchor of biblical orthodoxy once more—for the sake of a church otherwise imperiled by dangerous theological drift.”

Pick up your copy of Another Gospel from these retailers: Amazon, ChristianBook.com, Tyndale.


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