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Encounter Journal for Pentecostal Ministry Summer 2006 Vol 3 No 1 Book Review The Lying Promise Daniel LaLond Jr Fox Lake Ill DTG Books 2005 392 pages Reviewed by Roger D Cotton Th D professor of Old Testament Assemblies of God Theological Seminary This book may not catch many people s attention but the subject is important I share the concerns it expresses and have discussed them at length with another concerned brother in the Lord The book is well done and contains a bibliography and Scripture and subject indices The back cover gives a good background and summary of the book though its manner is more confrontational than LaLond is in the book emphasizes different concerns to deal with different situations LaLond singles out three contemporary leaders whose teachings he believes supports the lie Erwin Lutzer Charles Swindoll and Anthony Evans for consideration LaLond carefully kindly and firmly goes through their teachings and shows how they support this error He presents his personal interactions with these men with his arguments In my opinion LaLond is not too critical of their writings but has accurately shown their inconsistency in this crucial understanding of grace and salvation I believe these leaders are not crass about believers sinning but they are so focused on one side of the truth they set people up for the wrong conclusions Christians in the United States need to realize the Reformers generally were more biblically balanced than their followers The leaders LaLond cites don t believe they have taught that Christians can go on willfully sinning However they need to change some of their wording because this has led to a major problem of Christians excusing their sins The lying promise to which LaLond refers is Satan s words to Eve You will not surely die Gen 3 4 NIV LaLond s point is that many of the popular preachers writers in the United States today especially those of the Reformed theological background tell people they will not be lost for eternity



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