Throughout church history, Christian parents have catechized their children. By that, I mean that Christian parents have sought to instill Biblical truth and build a Biblical worldview in their children. Unfortunately, progressive “Christians” are no different, except they are catechizing their children in apostasy and heresy. A new book that was recently published will enable progressive “Christians” to teach their children error.
[Note: if you’re curious why I place quotation marks around progressive “Christians,” click here to read my explanation.]
Religion News Service begins their article about Daneen Akers’ forthcoming book, Holy Troublemakers and Unconventional Saints like this:
There aren’t a whole lot of books focused on spirituality and faith that Daneen Akers can read with her two daughters.
In fact, there are five. She’s counted.
Akers, a California author and documentary filmmaker, has shifted away from the conservative Seventh-Day Adventist tradition she was raised in to a more progressive Christian faith over the past decade, she said.
“Once you’re in that place, you really can’t read your kids the books you had from Focus on the Family or LifeWay Christian Stores at one point in your life.”
To rectify what she believes is an appalling gap, Akers started a Kickstarter campaign in order to finance her book. On the page, Akers claims that the money given will go toward producing “an illustrated children’s storybook featuring 50 people of faith who rocked the religious boat on behalf of love and justice.”
The project has proven popular with apostate parents, and, so, as RNS reports:
By the end of its first day on Kickstarter, Akers’ campaign was already 20 percent funded, and Kickstarter had promoted it as one of the site’s Projects We Love. With days to go, it has surpassed Akers’ $50,000 goal, which will go to pay for illustrations, printing and other costs. More than 1,000 people have supported it.
Since that report, the funding period has ended with a grand total of $66,497 having been pledged by 1,174 people.
In a video uploaded to her Kickstarter page, Akers adds to the above description of the book by including the qualifier “diverse” to describe the 50 people of faith. It’s a book for “Christians” to teach their children about “Christianity” using people who never professed to be Christians. So, it’s no surprise that the book “will emphasize the stories of women, LGBTQ people, people of color, indigenous people, and others too often written out of religious narratives.” [Emphasis original]
For the record, I am thankful when women, people of color, and indigenous people who have repented of their sins and placed their faith in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus give testimony to God’s working in their heart and life. The problem is that Akers doesn’t require what the Bible requires in order to claim the name of Christ.
All this raises the question of why I’m providing more press for such a potentially destructive book. Well, it should be obvious that I have zero desire to encourage anyone to buy the book. My objective is to obey the Bible’s command to warn Believers about false teachers.
Satan is devious, and he has hijacked some of the language of the Bible in an attempt to destroy souls. Christians, whether parents or not, need to be made aware of how people like Daneen Akers are wolves costumed as sheep who are preying on God’s people.