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1 Stars Out Of 5
July 27, 2010
I purchased this DVD teaching series believing it would be a Christian approach to understanding world religions. It is not. Adam Hamilton believes all religions worship the same God as Christianity and provide equal access to salvation as Christianity.This needs to be read and understood. The speaker does not believe in the exclusivity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the way of salvation. For instance, at several points in the video segment about Islam he says that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. We do not. He is in error.The description of this piece is erroneous and lacks specificity about what Adam Hamilton teaches. It needs to be updated. This is from his introduction Adam Hamilton states he holds an inclusivist position as related to salvation (pg 26.) From page 26 of the small group book: "People of other religions may not understand or have knowledge of the gospel, but their service to God is a demonstration of the fact that they do have faith." Adam Hamilton's other works add to his position and make it clear. I wish the item description had said something about this...I would have saved myself money.The production values of the DVD aren't very good either. I was hoping for something of higher quality but this is just a low-end video recording of sermons with crowd shots. It is not usable for small group time at the church where I teach from both a presentation and theological position.
I purchased this a few years ago thinking that I would get an overview of other religions from an evangelical standpoint. Boy was I wrong. I returned it after viewing. The series is extremely liberal with an overarching foundation of inclusive Christianity stating firmly that salvation can be found in other religions and that Jesus is not the only way. Do not waste you money or your infect your church with this erroneous teaching.
This study was recommended to us by another Sunday School class who loved it. Although we have only just begun the study, it looks great. It is well designed for our 1-hour class. The DVD part is 15 minutes or less and the teacher's guide provides good questions for discussions. We will probably take 2 Sundays for each lesson as there is so much to learn. The challenge is to get class members to read their lesson before coming to class! Great info in the participants book. I especially enjoy his interviews with people of other faiths, and then his comparison to Christianity. Lots of food for thought.