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Love Jesus, Hate Church: How to Survive in Church— or Die Trying [Paperback]

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Pages   249
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.86 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 31, 2006
ISBN  0977155803  
EAN  9780977155804  

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Some of you are probably wondering what a book titled, Love Jesus, Hate Church, is all about. Ah, I can hear your questions now: What's the point? What are you trying to say? Where are you going with this? How can you Love Jesus and Hate Church? Aren't they the same thing? Hey, your concerns are understandable. First, I understand some of you are probably already a bit put off by the title of this book--- maybe even a little offended. I'm also keenly aware of the fact that using the words Love and Jesus and Hate and Church all in the same sentence seem contradictory. It feels sacrilegious. Unholy. Somehow just plain wrong. What Do You Mean When You Say, Church? But understand, Love Jesus, Hate Church is not talking about the true church, the "called-out ones" Scripture so proudly refers to as "men and women the world was not worthy of." But the church of our own creation, the church created in our own image--- our own Frankenstein. We're talking about the man-made institution we call church. You know, the social organization whose steepled buildings dot the landscape of our communities. The club, the structure, the established entity we vainly try to infuse artificial life into each week with our hyped-up praise music, our social programs disguised as ministry, and the self-affirming, feel-good speeches we attempt to pass off as Spirit-empowered sermons. Or, as those of us who "bear on our bodies the Love Jesus, Hate Church battle scars" like to call it--- the Well-Oiled Machine. What is the Purpose of Love Jesus, Hate Church? The purpose of Love Jesus, Hate Church is not in any way to slam, malign, tear down or "dis" the church. Nor is this book designed to simply point out the obvious faults, systemic shortcomings or the inherent hypocrisy that has plagued the institution of the church for the last millennium and a half. No, the purpose of Love Jesus, Hate Church is actually quite the opposite. The goal of Love Jesus, Hate Church is to present the church in the breathtaking splendor the Lord intended--- as the spotless, chaste, virgin bride of Christ. It's to show the church, as Paul so clearly pointed out in Ephesians 3, as the eternal vessel of Christ's glory on earth. Consider the praise of the Apostle Paul: Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. The problem we face, however, is the visible church--- that which we see, attend, claim membership in and have known all our lives, is a far cry from the true church revealed in Scripture. It's literally light years from the living entity Jesus promised the very "gates of hell will not prevail against." What we see masquerading as church today is, at best, a dim reflection of the Lord's intention. In fact, the current visible church that seems to dot every other street corner in North America is now so far removed from the example Jesus left us in Scripture, that we might never be able to divorce ourselves from our traditions, and experience the pure bride of Christ in all her fullness. Or, to put it in the perspective of the Lord's promise to us, we frankly may never be able to experience the abundant life He promised. Never! At least not within our current church structures and religious mindsets. So what are we to do? Good question. But we've got a great answer! And Love Jesus, Hate Church explores that very answer.

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Finally!!!  May 2, 2008
Finally!! Thank goodness somebody wrote a book on the difference between true worship and going to sit in a building each Sunday to see and be seen. Sadly, most churches today, indeed have become "lukewarm."

God bless you, Bro. McCranie for having the courage to speak up!

Thanks for trying, McCranie . . .   May 21, 2007
Steve McCranie's book, Love Jesus, Hate Church certainly has some jewels of truth and pinpoints the daunting state of the American church, BUT, his conclusion is shortsighted and theologically incompetent.

By exploring the current state of Christendom in America, McCranie accurately depicts the Love Jesus, Hate Church syndrome - which is missed only by the religious zealots he enthusiastically describes throughout the first chapters. I was anxious to see what conclusion he draws and how he proposes to "Fix" the church, or at least his own church - McCranie made the pastorate his career. Each chapter I read, I all the more anticipated his conclusion and answer to the question.

Sadly, as the title indicates, McCranie is not interested in restoring a biblical church, but only in creating the type of Christian that transcends (and just maybe transforms) a dying, faithless church.

I realized that the theology of the Church as well as some basic church history is something McCranie is not interested in. At the close of the book he criticizes the faith of the apostles who hide themselves for fear of persecution after the crucifixion and were slow to believe in the miracle of the resurrection. He proposes that our faith be more like that of Mary Magdalene, who stayed weeping at the tomb of Jesus. Sure, the apostles have some faith to make up for before they take center-stage, but he ends the book without recognition of how the apostles then taught with authority and unity, something lost in today's American church.

McCranie does recognize that a church does exist, but merely an "invisible church" not to be mistaken for the visible churches that are so obviously wrought with lukewarm faith. He therefore does not seek to reconcile the biblical (and visible) church Jesus prays for in John 17, the one that is to be perfectly united so that the world might see and believe, with the state of the church today. The church of today is NOT unified in word or action and one could use this to say Jesus was unable to keep corruption from the Word and his believers.

McCranie's lack of recognition of the theology of the church (even the basic understanding of it in the Apostle's Creed) and the authority given it by Jesus and the promise that it be lead to ALL truth is theologically negligent. The theological question to be asked: "how can we as modern Christians make any biblical sense of our divided church with competing dogmas, competing theologies, and the complete stripping down of orthodoxy and liturgy to something that barely resembles Christianity?!" That is the question that I would hope this book would answer, but instead Love Jesus, Hate Church insists that the church will never change, so individuals must. A very nearsighted, anti-historical view of Christendom. McCranie never seemed to address the real issues that scandalize the Church and how he himself reconciles his "Hate Church" attitude. Rather, by the end of the book, I felt he never intended to reconcile his feeling to any biblical meaning of church and instead accepts the church as a broken-down institution.

It left me craving a book that truly sought to answer the questions posed to the modern Christian about the truth of the Church and the reality of holiness we seek. I would recommend "Four Witnesses: The Early Church In Her Own Words," by Rod Bennett. He gets into the theology of the church and how the magnificence of the early church is to be lived.Four Witnesses: The Early Church in Her Own Words

I gave it two stars because I feel he has at least identified a true cause for concern among American Christians.
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!  Sep 14, 2006
Thank you for this book. Love Jesus, Hate Church was like a breath of fresh air. It showed me that I was not crazy for feeling like I do about the things people do in church under the name of Christ. And I was not alone.
Steve McCranie calls it like it is... yet he does so with compassion and an eye for encouraging us to raise the spiritual level of the church back to where it should be by raising the spiritual level in our individual lives.
Again, I can't say "thank you" enough for this book. It is a must read for everyone!
This Book is Very Angry, Sarcastic and Meandering  Aug 27, 2006
I picked up this book with high hopes. After having attended churches which were little more than social cliques, I was excited to read about a possible remedy for this situation. While the author gives some excellent examples of how church politics have made churches worse than ineffectual, he fails to hit the mark.

Ironically, although the author chastises people who speak out in public about trivial church politics and portrays them as poor witnesses for Christ, he does not see how his own voice is also a poor witness. This book is filled with anger and sarcasm, and I am thankful to have met Christians who are filled with God's wonderful light, because this author does not project it, and I want no part of whatever it is he has!

The book, being angrily styled, contains a few curse words, and repeats ad nauseam the phrase, "and Jesus vomited them from his mouth". The author's words appear to be randomly vomited onto the page, with little regard for structure. For example, one chapter lists many reasons why masturbation is a sin, and then meanders on to connect masterbation with attending church. The entire book has a disjointed feel. It is obviously self-published, and badly needed a good editor.

The author holds up individuals such as Randall Terry as role models, so if angry Christian activism is your cup of tea, you may enjoy this book. However, if you are looking for healing due to negative experiences you may have had with organized religion, this book may very well be more damaging than helpful.

I wish the book had focused a bit more on the "Love Jesus" part. We have enough hate in the world. This book simply adds to it.

Don't let the title fool you...  Apr 18, 2006
Don't let the title of this book fool you... it's not simply a book about church and all the stuff, good and bad, that we've all grown up with. In Love Jesus, Hate Church, Steve McCranie paints a wonderful picture of how church really "is" and then compares it to how church "should" be. He calls it the "called-out ones" versus the "well-oiled machine." As a pastor, I couldn't agree with him more!
This book really opened my eyes to what church is all about and how it is possible to love Jesus and, at the same time, hate what Christian's have done to His church.
It was great to see what I have been feeling for years in print.
Every pastor needs a copy of this book!

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