The Hole In Our Gospel by Richard Stearns

Posted: May 18, 2009 in Reviews
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I finished reading The Hole In Our Gospel some time ago. I was unsure of the best way to review this because there is much good and bad in the book. The author Richard Stearns heads the World Vision organization which I support with my money. I understand an appreciate his goal for this organization which he pushes with this book. The cause of helping the afflicted and poor is a noble cause, and I agree with the premise of the book that Christians should be doing a better job of this. My problem is that he declares that this is a forgotten part of the Gospel. That is where the book goes terribly wrong. The Gospel is given properly in 1 Corinthians 15:1-8. It is about the death, burial and resurrection of Christ for our sins according to Scripture. The book pushes our works to the poor as part of the Gospel by using many verses taken out of context. Faith comes from the preaching of the Gospel and our works are not part of it. If the book would have kept from making the message the Gospel, it would have been a wonderful book. But with the adding to of the Gospel done, it unfortunately makes the book not recommendable.

  1. David says:

    My heart was crushed for the poor by this book, but also crushed by a few other things. The quote from Jimmy Carter’s Nobel Peace Prize speech where he claims that the disparity between the rich and the poor is the root cause of most of the world’s unresolved problems is so over the top. This is simply false as we know that wealth is not a zero-sum game. Stearns bashes the American Dream and then boasts about World Vision mirco-financing the poor to achieve their prosperity. Excuse me, isn’t this the dream in a nutshell? When I read the chapter title “Death to the American Dream” I about puked. Claiming the terrorists would have a harder time recruiting men if we were more compassionate is another troublesome and ridiculous point. The section on Malaria, very troubling. He missed a perfect treachable opportunity to expose the environmentalist agenda and those who made DDT illegal thereby killing millions of African poor. Millions. With all this, I confess we sponsor 4 World Vision children and have for some time. The book is both very good, and oddly, very bad. I cannont recommend it because it is a troubling mix of truth and falsehood.

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