There was a time when the major Christian publishers – Zondervan, Baker, Moody, Thomas Nelson – differentiated between the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone and Rome’s false gospel of sacramental grace and merit. These days those publishing houses are as apt to print something from a Catholic author as they are something from an evangelical.
I’m grateful that Harvest House Publishers continues to provide resources that distinguish between the Gospel of grace and religious chains. I was checking out Harvest House’s web site this morning and I see they have a new book in the works, “Stolen Jesus: An Unconventional Search for the Real Savior” by Jami Amerine, which is due out on October 1st. Here’s the publishers’ blurb:
Let’s be honest. The journey to discovering Jesus—Real Jesus—can be complicated, messy, and a little crazy. Just ask Jami Amerine. Excommunicated from the Mormon church as a child, she’s spent the rest of her life trying to reconcile Fifth-Grade Jesus, Catholic Jesus, and Americanized Jesus (just to name a few).
But when she met Real Jesus, everything changed.
You can meet Him too—right here, just as you are. With designer coffee in hand or with your jar of pickles for lunch. (Jami will tell you that story in chapter 1.)
If you’ve ever felt confused by the conflicting representations of Jesus you’ve encountered in the world, you’re invited to join Jami’s quest to release all the wrong ideas and get to know Jesus as He really is—bewildering grace and all.
(Oh, and Stolen Jesus? He sits on Jami’s mantel. You’ll get to meet Him too!)
Yes, various religious groups have their own peculiar version of Jesus; the Mormons (spirit brother of Satan, Jesus), the Jehovah’s Witnesses (Michael the archangel, Jesus), Catholics (wafer Jesus), Muslims (prophet Jesus), modernist Protestants (social gospel Jesus), liberation theologists (proletarian Jesus), etc. But Biblical Christianity preaches Jesus is the eternal Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, Who took on human flesh and paid the penalty for sins on the cross at Calvary. He rose from the grave, conquering sin and death, and offers eternal life and fellowship with God to all who repent of their sins and receive Him as Savior by faith.
I’m looking forward to Harvest House’s new book. Here’s more information on Harvest House’s materials on Catholicism and on “Stolen Jesus: An Unconventional Search for the Real Savior” by Jami Amerine. We’ll be watching for it!