In response to the phenomenon of resurgent Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, this book presents a detailed examination and biblical refutation of core Catholic and Orthodox beliefs from a conservative evangelical perspective.
High Church Heresy reveals Catholic and Eastern Orthodox teaching on a number of topics, including tradition, Scriptures, the church fathers, Mary, salvation, baptism, and the Lord's Supper. Learn what the ancient, high churches teach contrary to Scripture. Learn what your Catholic or Eastern Orthodox family, friends, and coworkers believe and practice. This text is helpful for church leaders, college students, and churchgoers alike.
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Because of a number of recent accounts of evangelicals joining the Roman Catholic or the Eastern Orthodox Church, this is an important and much-needed book. Through the examination of church history, theology and Scripture, Ken Guindon shares his spiritual journey and explains why he returned to evangelical Christianity. His study is fair-minded and well-written, and provides a sound defense for his decision.
Edmond C. Gruss, Professor Emeritus, The Master’s College
This is a very pertinent book for our time when many prize church history and personal experience above Biblical truth in their search for spiritual vitality. Like many today who find a shallowness of doctrine and life in many contemporary evangelical churches, the author tells of his search for genuine Christianity in the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches whose ancient roots are said to signal authentic Christianity. Although acknowledging enjoyable aspects of the worship atmosphere and recognizing the presence of godly believers, the author explains why these churches did not satisfy his search. Utilizing church history and Biblical theology, many teachings and practices of the Orthodox and Catholic churches are shown to be foreign to the New Testament and contrary to the complete graciousness of salvation—many of them having arisen much later in accommodation to surrounding influences. Written with a loving heart, this work is worth reading by everyone interested in authentic Christianity and is particularly helpful for anyone who is tempted to think that age and claims to infallibility are criteria of the true church.
Robert L. Saucy, Former Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology, Talbot School of Theology
The author describes his goal in writing this tome as twofold: to explain why evangelicals are leaving their faith for “highly ceremonial worship,” even adopting contrary doctrines to do so; and to “present a short ‘apologia’ for biblical faith.” That is a worthy aim, and the author does a good job reaching his objective, with the book divided pretty well into his double theme—the latter taking a slight edge. His “unrelenting goal is to help outsiders to grasp the issues that are leading evangelicals to become members of these ancient churches.” He correctly notes, “A person’s way of life will be based upon one of two clear-cut principles: either the Word of God or the word of men.” Tradition clearly falls into the latter category.
Guindon sums up succinctly, based on his own experience, why evangelicals are attracted to Roman and Orthodox bodies, offering four positives and two negatives. His chapters on baptism, worship, and sacerdotalism were especially good, we thought. He is convinced one of the major problems in all this relates to confusion between salvation and sanctification. And we liked his observation that someone said, “The Protestant trusts Christ to save him; the Catholic [or Orthodox] trusts Christ to help him save himself.” We have always felt this to be true.
Guindon’s own summary of his work is, “One faith is the true faith and has no temples, no priests, no material sacrifices. God saves us and our works add nothing to His work.”
We were very impressed with this careful, scholarly work. High Church Heresy is a good book deserving a wide circulation. It is a delight to endorse it.
Robert L. Sumner, Editor, The Biblical Evangelist
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