Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Book Review of Know the Heretics by Justin S. Holcomb
Know the Heretics
by Justin S. Holcomb
Reviewed by Clint Walker
What a wonderful tool. This book would be great for people who want to know a little more about church history, for those who want to know a little more about Christian doctrine, and for those who would like to teach a more in depth small group about Christian doctrine and why it matters.
Know the Heretics takes several key figures in church history, identifies where their doctrine went astray, why that heresy was dangerous to the church's life and ministry, and how the church dealt with the challenge of each particular heresy. There are also two small chapters on Judaizers and Gnostics, which were most evident from the text of Scripture than church history. The book for the most part, goes in chronological order. Most of the heretics are from the early church, but there are some later heresies that are dealt with as well.
The book makes one wonder, how will we identify heresy and false doctrine in our age? How will we deal with it in our churches? And, how should we deal with it in our churches?