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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Jesus The Only Way To Heaven: Meet Jesus the Son of God



Richard Spencer Blauvelt
Find it on: Barnes & Noble and Amazon
Christian Apologetics
200 Pages


Blurb

This is a book on Christian apologetics. It is for those who want to witness to others and show them who Jesus really is! It will prove that the only way to heaven is through Him. There are over 20 chapters to show who Jesus the Christ is and why we call Him Lord. It will show through the Bible, the eternal Word of God, prophesies, miracles, DNA, Jesus Christ, the calendar that all countries have to use, from the Creator of heaven and earth and much more.

If Christians learn these 20 or so proofs that show Jesus isn't just a good teacher, but is the Son of God and no man can get into heaven, but through Him and His ways of obedience, they will win many good hearts to Christ. Many will come in the latter days with all kinds of philosophies and opinions and theories to confuse the masses so they do know what to believe.

 That is Satan's mission. He does not want people to know there is only one way to heaven, and that is through Jesus Christ only! This book proves the case for Christians to counter Satan's lies and to be a witness for Him. Jesus is the ONLY way to heaven. You can count your life on it! This book is helpful for orientation classes for new Christians that join the church.

This book will be very helpful as a Bible Study. It will be a great book for witnessing and evangelizing the Christian faith and to counter the skeptics and non-believers that attack our faith. These evidences will hold up in any court of law. Be prepared to win your case that proves Jesus is.

Be smart and put on the armor of God and fight the good fight. Be prepared in season and out of season to give an answer as to why Christians believe and the facts behind our case that are irrefutable! Win people to Christ! Let them know it is just not a "faith" thing, but actual facts to win your case than prove that Jesus is Lord and the only way to heaven...eternally! Help save souls for Jesus. Know why He is the only way to heaven.


 

Summar
The author wrote this book to demonstrate that Jesus is God. Too many religions consider Jesus Christ as a prophet a mere human being. Spence Blauvelt proves Jesus’s deity. Also, the author denounces false Christianity. The hyper-grace gospel is popular in many megachurches. The author cited the scriptures to reinforce his thesis. At the end of each chapter, he asked provocative questions to show the obvious: Jesus’s deity and humanity. This book is for everyone

Review
The book is available in Kindle version and printed copies. Its title grabbed my attention. The manuscript was well written and easy to understand. Spencer Blauvelt explained why Jesus is the only way to heavens. He also clarified the concepts of repentance and salvation. 

The book was biblically accurate on some points. It denounced false doctrines. The novelist stressed that salvation follows a repentant heart. He quoted many Bible’s verses to confirm his opinion. 

Moreover, he talked about the discipline of a real born-again Christian: spending time with God in prayer, studying her Bible and obeying God’s will for her life and witnessing to the lost. However, Spencer Blauvelt had some unusual interpretations of the Bible about the water baptism, the communion and female preachers. 

Appraisal – Evaluation
I agree with him that repentance and salvation go together. I applaud him for saying that the gift of salvation is conditional to the Christian’s obedience to God. Wrong teaching damages the believers’ journey with the Lord.

A sugar-coated gospel gives a false sense of salvation. According to the scriptures, many Christians will go to hell if they don’t repent of their sins. Disobedient Christians can’t please God. Only faithful ones will go to heaven. They walk in holiness; they receive the Holy Spirit’s strength to do so

The communion
The author mocks churches (like mine) that serve grape juice instead of wine during the communion. And that choose to distribute yeast-free bread “crackers” instead of the ordinary one. Is mocking these churches a wise way to present the gospel to non-Christians? Not all Christians drink alcohol. Did Jesus drink alcohol? I don’t think so! If he was among drinkers, it was to lead them to the Father. 

The Bible shows that alcohol is ungodly - Proverbs 20:1,  chapter 23 verses 20-21 and 29-35. Christians shouldn’t even look at alcoholic beverages. The scholars of the Full Life Bible taught that the wine in Jesus’s time was the grape juice. The author doesn’t differentiate the mixed wine (sour wine/alcohol) with the “wine” (grape juice). It is all about studying the context of the use of the word “wine” in the Bible. 

I don’t believe that God is offended when Christians use “crackers” instead of bread. Two thousand years ago, Jews did not use yeast to bake their bread. Interestingly. Jesus talked about “yeast” negatively in his parables. Last and not least, when we look around you, we can see the tragedies caused by alcohol.

Female preachers
Richard disapproves female pastors. When the apostle Paul said that women should not teach men or take authority over them; it was to maintain peace and order during the worship gathering. Misinterpretation of the passage birthed chauvinism in the church. One day, Christian-chauvinists will give account to God for forbidding women to use their God-given gifts; it is an attempt to limit God’s power. 

As a woman, filled with the Holy Ghost, I wanted to drop the book at this stage. I was deeply offended as a daughter of the Most High. However, I used my self-control, which is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, to keep reading till the end. 

The Holy Spirit doesn’t lose its power in a woman’s spirit and body.  I am wondering if the author missed this scripture: Galatians 3:28 “there is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.”  

Water baptism
The author rebukes the water baptism. To him, this practice is out of date; only the baptism of the Holy Spirit baptism counts. So most churches got this wrong. I disagree again with the writer. The water baptism is a public testimony showing that the new believer promises to follow Christ forever. Not recommending this practice is not biblical. The apostle Paul says to be baptized by the Holy Spirit too. He never rejected the water baptism.

Conclusion
I commend the author for knowing the scriptures. He proclaimed the truth about repentance, salvation and obedience to God. However, his different interpretations of the Bible towards alcohol, the communion, female-preachers and the water baptism are disappointing. So, I don’t recommend this book.

*I received this book free from BookCrash in exchange for an honest review

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