Periodical Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 143:572 (Oct 1986)
Article: Periodical Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Periodical Reviews

“Peter Popoff Reaches Heaven via 39.17 Megahertz,” James Randi, Free Inquiry, Summer 1986, pp. 6-7.

For evangelicals agreement with Free Inquiry does not come easy or often, but this expose of “The Shocking Truth about Faith-Healing” (theme of the editorial, six articles, and four side-bars in this issue) merits support. Three articles on Popoff demonstrate his use of electronic devices to receive his “word of knowledge” revelations about audience members he attempts to heal.

Subject to scrutiny in addition to Popoff are David Paul, W. V. Grant, Ernest Angley, and Pat Robertson. Serious doubt exists that any of them perform any genuine healings. In addition both Popoff and Grant have techniques for taking in huge sums of money for which little accounting is given. Angley and Robertson fare better in the financial area.

The focus on Robertson is his political ambition. Author of the article, “Salvation for Sale,” is Gerard T. Straub, a producer of “The 700 Club” for about a decade. He calls “‘the 700 Club’…not just a religious television show: it is a political power base” (p. 23). He insists that “Pat Robertson wants to change our society by bringing it back to biblical principles” (p. 23).

Despite his opposition to Robertson’s political and religious campaign, Straub acknowledges that “Pat Robertson is an educated man of great ability” (p. 19), but he also considers Robertson “a threat to all free-thinking, freedom-loving Americans who respect the dignity of humanity and who desire to live in peace and harmony with one another and with the world” (p. 21).

“The Major Issues Related to the New Covenant,” Renald E. Showers, Israel My Glory, April/May 1986, pp. 12-15.

The Bible clearly teaches that God promised a New Covenant to His people Israel (Jer 31:31–34; Ezek 36:26–38) and that Jesus established the New Covenant through His death on the cross (1 Cor 11:25–26). On this all conservative theologians agree.

Conservative theologians disagree, however, on the beneficiaries of the New Covenant. Most “covenant theologians claim that the New Covenant is being totally fulfilled in the Church today” (p. 12). “Dispensational theologians claim that…the Church has not replaced literal Israel in its relationship to the New Covenant, and the New Covenant is not being fulfilled totally in the Church today…. There will be a fulfillment of the New Covenant for literal Israel ...

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