It was on the verge of greatness and then it crashed and burned. That was my feeling of my most recent book that I read. The book was entitled "Why Church Matters" by Josh Harris. The book started off by making some excellent points about those who go about the attitude of church in the wrong way. It talks about how important church is and even shows the importance of church to the life of a Christian. It was at this point in the book that I felt that the book was moving toward being a great inspirational while informative read.
The book then crashed and burned. As the book unfolded more and more I saw several contradictions. One section of the book talks about choosing the right church. It makes some excellent points that the congregation that you choose must be follow the word of God. It even goes on and talks about the importance of sound doctrine. The book then collapses as it starts preaching false doctrine. Right after the book talks about the importance of the word of God in a church the author starts talking about how he is a pastor. He even talks about the qualifications of a pastor in the Bible. He conveniently leaves out several of the qualifications, and then talks about what a short time he has been a Christian and how young he is which would mean he wouldn't meet the qualifications. He also wrongly conveys how a pastor is a singular leader at times and not a group of men who lead the church, who are also known as elders in the Bible. He misses out on the fact that not all ministers are pastors. He also wrongly applies salvation in this book.
Although this book had some excellent thoughts on what our attitude should be about the church it had a lot of false doctrine. If you read this book I would recommend being wary of many things said in this book as they do not match up with what the Bible teaches.
This book was given to me as a free copy to review from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group.