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Since the turn of the millennium, Christianity as we have known it has experienced a major meltdown. While many are saying Christianity is on the brink of a great revival and even a "new reformation," in reality, we are witnessing the greatest apostasy in modern-day history.

This latter-day deception has impacted every evangelical and Protestant denomination to one degree or another, and it is worldwide. The sheep have been led astray by shepherds who have neglected what they have been called to do—protect the sheep.

In The Good Shepherd Calls, Roger Oakland brings clarity to what this delusion looks like, why it is happening, where it is headed, and what can still be done to warn believers and unbelievers alike.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Lighthouse Trails Publishing
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.70 (inches)
ISBN: 1942423128
ISBN-13: 9781942423126

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  1. kamhockeyfan
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Good Shepherd Calls
    February 22, 2018
    kamhockeyfan
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is an excellent book which describes many of the issues true believers in Jesus find in so many churches today. A good resource to pass on to others to help bring those concerns to their attention.
  2. Sharon
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Good Shepherd Calls
    March 31, 2017
    Sharon
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I love this book! It is well-written with clear, concise chapters that explain what is happening in today's church from a biblical perspective. It is the perfect resource for someone who hasn't yet heard of the apostasy going on, for those who know a little or a lot about it, and much practical wisdom and encouragement from Roger to all. All Christians should put it on their "must read" list!
  3. Dorothy
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Good Shepherd Calls
    March 31, 2017
    Dorothy
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is an excellent, informative, and very teachable book, written to alert and encourage Christians in these days of confusion and seeming chaos in America and beyond our shores. I bought a few more copies after reading it, and am going to pass it out to other members in our church, who are also aware of the "tenor" of the times, to read. I would heartily recommend this book by an author who has written many good books with a true Christian watchman's heart for the Church.

  4. Little One
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Good Shepherd Calls
    March 31, 2017
    Little One
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As a former Catholic (being raised in an Italian family and members of our lineage in the papacy and nunnery and attending Catholic school), I found this to be an excellent source of consolidated information!

    I have recommended it to many who are careful and watchful of the strange teachings going about in these turbulent last days.

    I recommend everyone seek HIS face and not the doctrine of the muddled emergent mess called modern church which false teachers are duping our young with.

    Pray, pray, pray for truth to be sought out diligently.

  5. birdmom
    1 Stars Out Of 5
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    March 26, 2017
    birdmom
    Quality: 3
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I purchased this book partly out of curiosity and partly because I found other books from the same publisher quite good. This book is so poorly written, so full of contradictions and errors that it could have been written by more than two people who did not check each other's work. It fails to be an "urgent message" as well.

    A few examples: the author names some of the doctrines implemented by the Roman Church hierarchy that he says were crafted to "control the sheep" one of which is "praying to dead saints". Actually this was a "grass roots" movement which developed over time and was not easily accepted by the bishops (Rodriguez, Story of Christianity, pp.95,259-260). Oakland also insists that history, especially biblical history, is cyclical; everything that has happened will either "surely happen again" (102) or "can and almost always happens again" (228).But Oakland is wrong. Ancient Jews and the Christians who followed them viewed history as linear because they believed God created time and as HIs salvation plan works out, He has appointed an end to time as we know it. Just google linear vs. cyclical history. Oakland can believe what he wants; but he states dogmatically that he has "established this as a fact" (228). Repeating your opinion over and over is not the way to establish any fact. He then uses Ecclesiastes 1:9 in a feeble attempt to validate his personal view. If he takes verse 9 literally will he also take verse 11 literally? Why not?

    Concerning the last days, Oakland chooses to reference the time of Jeremiah's prophetic work in Israel before they went into captivity. He focuses on Jeremiah's role--and later says that this "Jeremiah calling" is still in place today" (35) This is probably why he insists history repeats itself. Trying to relate this period and the Protestant Reformation to the current upheavals in the Christian churches is an uncomfortable stretch. Although Oakland repeatedly states that he teaches only the Word of Jesus Christ, the teachings of Jesus Himself are largely absent from this book. The Lord said the Day of HIs coming would be like the days of Noah--not Jeremiah, and there is good reason for this. Thousands of Jews were killed going into captivity, but many lived and came out of Babylon. There was no return for the people of Noah's day. It was a final judgment.

    Oakland says in his introduction that he wrote the book for "shepherds and sheep", to explain the apostasy in the church today. In his "Epilogue" he describes the need which he and his colleagues perceived and their response is to create a "safe haven" for the "sheep" a place where they can be "nurtured and protected". This turns out to be a website he designed " for like-minded shepherds, church leaders, ministries and sheep" There are many excellent websites that supply resources, community blogs etc. for Christians adhering to the Gospels--but non of them describes themselves in such terms. What hubris. So this is the author's answer to the problem of apostasy: he correctly condemns following men, and then, with his unfortunate characteristic contradiction, tells the "sheep" to follow---other men, men who seem to be, by their own estimation, "good shepherds". It is ridiculous.

    There is nothing of the New Covenant in this book. Jesus clearly condemns a strict clergy class "and you, do not be called 'Rabbi', for One is your Teacher, the Christ and you are all brethren" (Luke 23:6-8). The apostles exemplify this constantly--always addressing the faithful as "Brethren or Beloved" not "shepherds" and "sheep". We must read the OT through the revelation of Jesus (2 Cor. 3); we are not under the law, and God is not dealing with us in that way anymore. We have received the promise of the Father--what all the prophets wished they could see (Num. 11:29). We are His children--we by one Spirit cry, Abba, Father; He never leaves us. Oakland describes God's "sheep" as lost, battered, confused. If they knew who they are in Christ they wouldn't be! Oakland is too stuck in religious "churchianity" to tell them, or he is unaware of it himself.

    I thought this book, by the title, would be an urgent reminder to the saints to take their stand in Christ and all He has done for us. We have no need that anyone teach us (1John 2:18-27). We are urgently reminded throughout the NT to watch ourselves as the Day draws near: to desire the "pure milk " (no scripture commentaries or devotionals) of God's Word so we can grow, to work out our own salvation, for God is working in us. We have the Spirit of the Great Shepherd in us 24/7--He promises to keep us from stumbling. Is He not enough?

    Ministers are appointed to help God's precious people--not to make them dependent on them. The Holy Spirit is always at work in all of us who believe--no need for "Jeremiah" again.

    What we are witnessing today is unprecedented in history and we need to wake up. There is no need to be hysterical or frightened (as Oakland seems to be at times), but we need to make our calling and election sure. If you are a believer, when you pick up the Scriptures the Author is present to teach you. Trust Him; call on Him. Ask, seek, knock, and pray always, giving all your needs give to Him (and prayer is barely mentioned in this book though it is our New Covenant privilege in Jesus Christ. We go boldly to His throne for help--any time.)

    We want to be sober minded and remember that, unlike literal sheep---we have personal responsibility.

    The Lord Jesus gave us a parable for the time we are living in: it is not mentioned by Roger Oakland, but, gratefully, you can read it yourself in Matt.25. We cannot get "oil" from others; we need to get it from God Himself:the faith to stand, inner healing, cleansing, discernment, courage. God almighty has invited us into a close personal relationship with Himself, and Jesus paid the price for it. He lovingly entreats us to abide, dwell, live in Him --not people talking about Him.

    Oakland needs to revisit the "better covenant" based on "better promises". God has said that a man is cursed, not for trusting in a bad man, but for trusting any man. (Jer. 17:5) We need to be bold and know our God for ourselves. And pray for the Lord's return---not be afraid of it.

    sorry to write so much but this is probably the worst book I have ever read. I never read anything by this author before, never heard of him. Sorry for him, really. Hope that Lighthouse Publ. will edit more carefully next time.

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