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Overview From any non-Christian point of view, the gospel does not make sense. Grace doesn't make sense. Grace doesn't add up. Why would Jesus come to be one of us, to pay a debt He did not owe, because we owed a debt we could not pay? Why would He do that? Free? No strings? What was in it for Him? Since the church first began, Christians have had trouble accepting God's grace. We have substituted holiness, discipleship, order, regulation, and a long list of things to avoid in place of God's free gift. The result is a "Bad News Religion" that drains the joy and life out of believers. Bad News Religion is a convicting, liberating exploration of how we, in the name of religion, have shifted the focus from the work of God to our ability to become worthy of salvation. The result is bondage and defeat. The key to success in the Christian life is not what we do, but whom we know. Knowing God and knowing the fullness of His grace is a liberating experience. Most of us don't realize how we have robbed ourselves of experiencing the richness of God's grace.
From any non-Christian point of view, the gospel does not make sense. Grace doesn't make sense. Grace doesn't add up. Why would Jesus come to be one of us, to pay a debt He did not owe, because we owed a debt we could not pay? Why would He do that? Free? No strings? What was in it for Him? Since the church first began, Christians have had trouble accepting God's grace. We have substituted holiness, discipleship, order, regulation, and a long list of things to avoid in place of God's free gift. The result is a "Bad News Religion" that drains the joy and life out of believers.
Bad News Religion is a convicting, liberating exploration of how we, in the name of religion, have shifted the focus from the work of God to our ability to become worthy of salvation. The result is bondage and defeat. The key to success in the Christian life is not what we do, but who we know. Knowing God and knowing the fullness of His grace is a liberating experience. Most of us don't realize how we have robbed ourselves of experiencing the richness of God's grace.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.72" Width: 4.84" Height: 0.57" Weight: 0.44 lbs.
Release Date Jul 12, 2004
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0529119544 ISBN13 9780529119544
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More About Greg Albrecht
Greg Albrecht is president of Plain Truth Ministries, editor-in-chief of Plain Truth magazine and teacher at Christianity Without the Religion (www.ptm.org). Greg and his wife, Karen, live in Southern California, as do their married daughter, married son and their families. The Albrechts enjoy five grandchildren, who remind them what it means to be a precious and loved child of God.
Greg Albrecht currently resides in the state of California. Greg Albrecht was born in 1947.
Reviews - What do customers think about Bad News Religion: The Virus That Attacks God's Grace?
God's Grace Is Enough! Oct 27, 2006
Bad News Religion was always a book that I wanted to read ever since I heard about it. Albrect is one of my favorite speakers and authors. I was born and raised in the same denomination as him. So I can relate to a lot of what he said in this book. What he says is so true, that once you come to understand the grace of God, It literally turns your world upside down. It doesnt encourage us to live in sin, but it gives us the freedom and the passion to want to live for God. I literally tore into this book. I read it in less than a week. It is a must read for anyone who has been in legalism. The virus has been creeping into the church since day one, but God all along has been telling us that His sacrifice on the cross was enough to pay for our salvation. I would never want to go back, because the new covenant and the understanding we have in grace is priceless beyond words. Read the Book!
If You Are Dried up and Wilting in "a true Church of God"... Oct 10, 2006
To understand my review of this book here's my background:
I've been a member of this church since about 1993 or so. I got kicked out during the "law" days about 13 years ago (I wrote against legalism back then and got the axe for being a heretic). So I'm glad the church is moving away from Moses' Law and into grace. I've been back for the last 5 years or so and for the most part all the changes are pretty good and my wife and I really love our congregation.
Here's what happened to us in our Christian walk when we finally were able to kick the Law of Moses habit. About 3 years ago my wife and I were baptized in the Holy Spirit and have a healing ministry now and speak in tongues, prophecy, evangelize and host a small group. We've seen many many miracles! When I was an expert at keeping the law I was miserable as a Christian, powerless in the Spirit, and mainly just pretty offensive to everyone. I was walking "bad news religion." I didn't know there are different fillings or anointing of the Holy Spirit. I thought I had it all back then. Boy was I wrong. There's so much more!
When my wife and I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit (3 months apart) the only thing we were "doing for God" was fasting and praying. No tithing, no clean foods, no Sabbath no nothing. We were just trying to make contact with God like the people in the book of Acts. Talk about being hit by lightening! That's kind of what it's like!
"Bad News Religion" is right that justification is by grace. But it's not the whole journey just the beginning. Just like when Israel left Egypt it was the beginning of their journey. So it is with Christians - accepting the blood of the lamb starts our journey properly. Substituting "law keeping" or other man-made rules to begin your journey means you never even get out of the starting gate of Christianity! Passover is a type and shadow of justification by grace. All you had to do was put the blood of the lamb on your doorpost and voila the destroying angel passed you by. This is faith in Christ. Passover and Grace are the beginning of the Journey!
But after Passover remember there's still Pentecost and Tabernacles that we all need to personally visit. Just like Israel. Pentecost fills you with power for witnessing and Tabernacles is yet to come when God will flood the earth with his Holy Spirit and destroy all the flesh nature (sinful self second death) on the world just like Noah did to literal flesh! The Blood of Passover is only the beginning of the journey but it's enough to get you out of the swamps of "Bad News Religion".
Good book if you're dried up and wilting in a "true church of God" somewhere.
Please notice legalists in the reviews Jun 5, 2006
Like this guy ...If You Love Me, Keep My Commandments
The people who quote this are usually legalists..maybe Sabbath Churches ect. They dont mean it as Jesus did..they mean it as Moses did
In other words..follow the law and it will save you. Thats what this book is about. If your in a church that is all about works..all about rules..all about the outward rituals that make man feel as if they are religious...buy this book
Or if your one of those who have been bewitched by the notion that your in the only true church..one with secret knowledge..fooled into to thinking Holy Days is the Key link God looks for...oh brother you need this book because you have bought a lie
Revelation Revolution Dec 10, 2005
If you want to continue reading the same type of stuff that was in Bad News Religion then buy and read Revelation Revolution. Greg needs to go on with his life and get off this crusade against what he calls "legalism". Enough already!
If You Love Me, Keep My Commandments Feb 6, 2005
These words were the words of Jesus Christ, he said them and then finished, and 'I and will pray the Father and he will send another comforter.' Paul also mentions the same theme, the one who some would say released Christians from the burdens of the law when he says in the book of Romans chapter 6: 'Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid.....we should walk in newness of life.' You see, clearly there is a walk a way that entails walking in a new way.
Greg Albrecht who discusses Grace reveals himself in this book. When his mother told him he was a part of a cult, why not just leave? He said he was an actor on a stage. Actually that is very much true. Greg Albrecht told students as early as 1980 that he did not agree with the church and its teaching and was biding his time 'being like them' until he and those like him could exercise changes. Greg basically then, after H. Armstrong died, went to work to help to change things to be the way he thought they should be.
One time when he spoke, he mentioned a story about going to a Catholic priest making it seem that we had it all wrong in the WCG. He said to the priest, "Romans chapter 6 verse 23 says; 'the wages of sin is death.....! to which the priest replied.....'but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." He then began to tell the audience that the Catholics also knew the Bible and that we had somethings wrong. Sadly here shows his lack of understanding that H Armstrong actually said time and again USING THIS SAME SCRIPTURE that you could not have work to get wages. He would say, 'wages were what you were paid for working, God's grace was a gift, you could not earn it.' So, how is this any different than what others teach when teaching grace?
One area that Armstrong did teach was that we were to 'work out our salvation with trembling and fear.' That, my friends, is a very scriptural reading. This is from Paul again in Phil 2:12. These are the 'works' that Armstrong is accused of teaching, walking in newness of life, resisting the Devil, things like that. How is that a legalistic religion?
Well for one thing that is for certain, G Albrecht indites himself as an actor. However, he did not agree with Armstrong or his teaching for some time and there are myriad of former Ambassador who could tell you this. One person he was fond of quoting was George Bernard Shaw, the father of gradualism. Greg Albrecht and his compadres, gradually changed the Worldwide Church when they all never agreed with its teachings. So, you take a pay check, kick people out of the church, teach legalism in the name of the church and the founder never really agreeing with him, and when he dies, repudiate him and take over the magazine he founded and continue to make a living off of it. I would say Greg is really quite a Christian, as one of the writers below said, a rebel with a cause.
Greg Albrecht had the opportunity for a very long time to express his disagreement publically. Like many of those who stayed with the church after the changes were introduced, they originally appeared 'conservative.' Some would consider them almost zealots. But alas, when the founder died, they accused him of being the leader of a cult and they were brainwashed to being true believers. These are the guys who were kicking people out of the church for minor infractions and even kicked out those who contritely came to them in a time of stumbling. Interestingly, H Armstrong allowed many of THEM to remain in the church of much more grevious sins and faults. When someone 'repented' he allowed them to stay. When ministers of Greg Albrechts likeness reigned, they kicked people out, wrote them a letter that they could call them if they needed to councel, but never followed up with them to check on their condition. Fascinating, don't you think?
Why should anyone buy this book? Well, for starters, it would be a good introduction to a foundation of grace and it is good because you will see that you should not be guilted into walking God's way of life. Also, when Greg Albrecht condemns the actions of the church, you will get a good sense of what some did, yet not all. This same church which was supposedly so abusive, sent it's young people all over the world to develop themselves and to serve on projects that helped others, not for the sake of 'works' but for service and for personal development.
Greg Albrecht says that Jesus should be our center, yet Jesus himself when he walked this Earth said he came to reveal the Father, Jesus was focused on the Father, gave Him the glory and honor and wanted us to do so likewise. He told us to pray to the Father in his name. Greg and his friends like to say that the old Worldwide church was ashamed of the name Jesus and always had to say the name Christ with it because it sounded so manly. Interestingly, if you read Paul and the others, after Jesus' resurrection he is referred to mostly as Jesus Christ and Christ and sometimes Jesus. Though in the gospel accounts he was usually referred to as Jesus and sometimes with the title of Christ, you know, Messiah.
The Worldwide church of old did not deny Jesus whatsoever, maybe he and his did, but anyone who was there can recollect the Holy Days focused on the life and death and resurrection and return of Jesus to this earth to set up a kingdom on to the time when he would give that kingdom to the Father.
Bad News Religion? Well, I can't see how bad the news is that Jesus died for us, was raised, sits on the Father's right hand, is coming again to save us all, and will reign on the earth as King of kings and Lord of lords. That is the end product of the true grace of God, his gift to all of mankind.