A book review by Terry James
Alan and Pat Franklin, British-based journalists and authors of books on Bible prophecy such as EU: Final World Empire and Goodbye America, Goodbye Britain have turned in a fascinating work on the chief sign of the end times.
Jesus responded to His disciples' questions about the end of the age and the signs of His coming during His Olivet Discourse as they sat overlooking the Temple Mount. Alan Franklin writes the following:
The first response Jesus gave was a warning about deception: "Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying I am Christ; and shall deceive many." Jesus gave the warning about false Christs and prophets three times to show its importance (Matthew 24; 5,11 and 24)...
Today many people are easily deceived. So we wrote this book to shine some light into dark corners of the false sects and isms that often masquerade as Christian--and also into Islam.
Indeed, this book gets to the heart of the false teaching and false prophecy being perpetrated on the naive and gullible. The Franklins expose the cults and isms of these strange, troubling times with a no-nonsense, non-politically correct dissection and analysis of the dark forces that seek to lead mankind from the way that leads through the narrow gate of salvation, striving, rather, to herd humanity down the broad road that leads to destruction.
Because it is the most pervasive form of "ism,"the authors deal in-depth with Catholicism and the insidious ways it has historically and in modern times intertwined itself around and within much of humanity with spiritual deception. Romanism, having invaded the Christian world with Roman Emperor Constatine's embracing a false form of the Christian faith in 312 AD, continues to muddy the waters of how one must be redeemed. More than a billion souls are held captive to Catholicism's deception.
Cults and Isms also examines the claims and beliefs of Islam, which now numbers more adherents than Catholicism. The authors tests the claims of Mohammed and his followers against what the Bible says. Do we pray “to the same god,” as we are told by politicians and churchmen? The answers are inside, in the book's second "Table of Truth."
It is the "Tables of Truth" that are most fascinating for me personally. Here, the Franklins examine--in a point-by-point comparison--the most familiar cults and isms of our day. This profoundly illuminating look at, for example, Seventh-Day Adventism, Mormonism, and the Jehovah Witness cults, explains in a quick, yet thorough, way exactly what each deceptive system teaches.
The "Tables of Truth" tell how each of these departs from Bible truth, and give the reader understanding that is so vitally needed to stand in the Christian faith against the deceivers of these prophetic times, about whom Jesus forewarned us.
This feature alone is worth the price of this book, as far as I'm concerned. However, there is so much more in this volume from which discernment can be appropriated that to pick any one part as more insightful than another can be determined only by the reader.
Cults and Isms: True or False? is a must for the reader who wants to have at his or her fingertips this vital information that reinforces spiritual armor as we see the end of the age approaching.
Cults and Isms: True Or False?
Authors: Alan and Pat Franklin
Publisher: Banner LLC, St Louis, Missouri, USA.
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Here's what another American reader just wrote (March 4, 2011) :"Thank you so much. This is the best book on cults and isms I ever read," Carol Walters, Duncansville, PA.
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