Book Review: He Who Has An Ear by Laura J. Davis
Who the Seven Churches of Revelation are Today
The author approaches Revelations 2 and 3 with the view that we can learn from the mistakes of these churches in Revelations and apply this knowledge to our own lives. That is definitely a valid way to look at them and useful, too.
It is quite evident that the author has done her “homework” in the research department. She goes into some detail explaining almost every verse. It was thorough.
There were no stories to illustrate points and not very much of the personality of the author came through but in this type of scholarly book it was probably better that way. But in case you really like stories you need to know this book does not have them.
I was a little surprised to see some exposing of false doctrine of some modern Christian leaders. At first it seemed out of place but upon further thought I can see why it was included, basically because God is exposing the errors of the various churches in Revelations! Perhaps you are “following” or even idolizing a leader that holds to false doctrine. Although the author does not include every controversial doctrine in modern Christiandom there are quite a few here to look at.
This exposing of false doctrine did not offend me in the least as I had “coincidentally” been diligently searching some “heresy watch” sites on the internet for a few days just prior to reading this book!
Not every Christian will agree on every point of doctrine in general amongst themselves or with what is included in this book but there is no reason to be afraid of it or offended by it. Real truth is capable of holding up to honest scrutiny. My view is that if you find “bones”, then spit them out and if led to, tell others of the error.
Overall I enjoyed reading this book. I found the part about examining ourselves against the errors of the various churches mentioned, the most useful part. I think that would be a useful thing to do on a regular basis.
The other thing that I liked about this book was that it spurred a desire in me to do more Bible study. That is, after all, one thing actually commanded in scripture that we do, study to show ourselves approved unto God.
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