Christian Bookstores

by Sandy Simpson 6/10/08


Christian Bookstores


There are many books being sold today in Christian bookstores that are dangerous to your spiritual health.  Many here are already familiar with the names of people whose books we should avoid from the Word of Faith camp such as:  John Bevere, Juanita Bynum, Morris Cerullo, Kim Clement, Kenneth Copeland, Paul Crouch, Creflo Dollar, Jesse Duplantis, Kenneth Hagin, Marilyn Hickey, Benny Hinn, Rodney Howard-Browne, T.D. Jakes, Bishop Eddie L. Long, Joyce Meyer, Myles Munroe, Steve Munsey, Mike Murdock, Joel Osteen, Rod Parsley, Peter Popoff, Fred Price, R.W. Shambach, Robert Tilton, Paula White, Ed Young and a whole host of others.  We know to avoid the books of people who are promoting the New Apostolic Reformation such as C. Peter Wagner, John Dawson, Jack Deere, Francis Frangipane, Ted Haggard, Bill Hamon, Cindy Jacobs, Rick Joyner, George Otis, Jr., Dutch Sheets, Ed Silvoso and many others.  I have spoken a number of times on the subject of the First Nations Movement which is tied to the New Apostolic Reformation.  We know we need to avoid the materials of those who teach these things like Richard Twiss, Daniel Kikawa, Terry LeBlanc, YWAM and members of the World Gathering of Indigenous People.  There are many other false teachers whose books are being sold in Christian bookstores that we need to avoid.  Reinhard Bonnke, Paul Cain, Paul (David)Yonggi Cho, John Hagee, Christian Harfouche, Jack Hayford, David Hogan, Roberts Liardon, Arnold Murray, Pat Robertson, Robert Schuller, Gwen Shaw, Tommy Tenney and many more.


But you may be unaware of the deep compromise of many Christian bookstores and booksellers today.  I began to become aware of bad stuff being sold in Christian bookstores in the 1980s.  Bud Press of Christian Research Ministries started putting together a master list of books that Christian bookstores are selling, which they should not be, some years ago.  He then sent the list to a number of major booksellers and bookstores and contacted them by phone.  Some of the booksellers removed some of the books on the list, but there are many of the major booksellers that continue to sell the books I will show you in a moment.


Many of the books detailed below are STILL currently still being sold by booksellers such as Christian Book: , Lifeway Christian Stores (Southern Baptist): , Parable Christian Stores: , Association of Logos Bookstores: and Mardel Christian & Educational Supply:


While all of these stores have made changes, they are still advertising and promoting non-Christian authors and books.


Books being sold by these outlets and many others include categories which you will not believe … such as Contemplative Spirituality, Cultic, Emerging Church, Heretical & False Religions, Homosexual, Lesbian, New Age, Pro-Gay, Purpose Driven, Transgendered, and Word-Faith Authors.  The MASTER LIST is being continually revised as new “bad” books come out, many but the same authors already being sold, and Bud is following up on this issue all the time.


The MASTER LIST consists of authors and books found advertised and promoted within online Christian bookstores worldwide. Certain books may be ordered online from walk-in Christian bookstore databases. While the Homosexual, Lesbian, Pro-Gay, Transgendered category contains authors who are either homosexual, lesbian, transgendered, or pro-gay, not all of the authors are homosexual or lesbian or transgendered.  For those of you who want to check out this information about the authors and books, they may be located by conducting a Google Search on the author's name ( ) or by reading the "Description" section on the book provided by the online bookstore.


Although positive changes have taken place within the online and walk-in Christian bookstores in some cases, it is important that website managers and employees continuously monitor their websites and databases to ensure that solid, Bible-based materials are being presented to the body of Christ. As long as a bookstore claims to be Christian, it should be Christian through and through. Indeed, the spiritual welfare of Christians and those searching for the real Jesus should be foremost in the minds of everyone involved within the Christian book industry.


List of Online Christian Bookstores


(CAUTION! These bookstores were used to research, compile, and update the MASTER LIST):


American Family Association's Resource Center (currently closed)

Association of Logos Bookstores:

Berean Christian Stores:

Books of the Bible Christian Bookstores:

Books For Christians:


Christian Book:

Christian Book Network:

Christian Heritage Bookstore:

Christian Pages

Cokesbury-Resources for the Christian Journey:

Dalton's Christian Bookstore:

Family Christian Stores:

Grace Unlimited:

Heritage Christian Book Store (Ontario, Canada)

Koorong Stores (Australia):

Kregel Christian Books & Resources: 


Lifeline Christian Books and Gifts:

LifeWay Christian Stores:

Lighthouse Christian Stores (not affiliated with Lighthouse Trails Publishing or Lighthouse Trails Research Project):

Mardel Christian & Educational Supply:

Northwestern Book Stores:

Parable Christian Stores:

Spread The Word:

TBM BookManager (database provider)

3:16 Christian Bookstore:

Word Bookstores (Australia):

Word of Life Christian Bookstores: 




Anonymous The Cloud of Unknowing

Liz Babbs

Ruth Haley Barton

Rob Bell

Ken Blanchard see

Troy Bronsink

Bernard of Clairvaux 

Mike Bickle

Marcus Borg

Bob Buford

Spencer Burke

Tony Campolo

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

St. Catherine of Siena

Jim Collins

Larry Crabb

Mark Driscoll

Tilden Edwards

Meister Eckhart

Richard Foster

George Fox

Ken Gire

Pete Greig

Emilie Griffin

Madame Guyon

Hildegard of Bingen

Judith Hougen Transformed Into Fire: An Invitation to Life in the True Self

Hannah Hunard

Bill Hybels

Alan Jones

Ignatius of Loyola

John of the Cross

Jan Johnson When the Soul Listens,  

St. John of the Cross

Laurie Beth Jones

Tony Jones

Julian of Norwich

Thomas Keating

Morton Kelsey

Keri Wyatt Kent Listen: Finding God in the Story of Your Life

Sue Monk Kidd

Dan Kimball 

William Law

Brother Lawrence

St. Ignatius Loyola 

Brian McLaren (see See also )

Brennan Manning

Gerald May

Erwin McManus 

Thomas Merton

Calvin Miller

Don Miller

Beth Moore Be Still DVD (Has endorsed Emerging Church)

Wayne Muller

David J. Muyskens Forty Days to a Closer Walk with God: The Practice of Centering Prayer 

Henri Nouwen

John Ortberg The Life You Always Wanted

Doug Pagitt

Basil Pennington

Eugene Peterson

Gustave Reininger

Tricia Rhodes

Maggie & Duffy Robbins

Richard Rohr

Richard Rolle

Philip St. Romain

Thomas Ryan see NEW AGE MOVEMENT category

Will Sampson

Mark Scandrette

Pete Scazzero

Robert Schuller

Samir Selmanovic

Peter Senge

Chuck Smith, Jr.

Dan Southerland

Leonard Sweet

John Michael Talbot

St. Teresa of Avila

Gary Thomas

Patricia Treece

Evelyn Underhill

Karen Ward

Rick Warren

Robert Webber

Dallas Willard

Lauren Winner

Mark Yaconelli

Youth Specialties




*Bookcraft and Deseret Book Company "In 1999, Bookcraft was acquired by Deseret Book and is now an imprint of this publisher." In turn, "Deseret Book is a wholly owned subsidiary of Deseret Management Corporation, the holding company for business firms owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints"  (Sources: and

Helen Andelin Fascinating Womanhood

Orson Scott Card (Mormon)

James C. Christensen (Mormon)

Jack R. Christianson (Mormon)

Stephen R. Covey (Mormon author whose books promote Mormonism and the New Age)

Sheri L. Dew (Mormon)

Dr. James Duke The Literary Masterpiece Called the Book of Mormon

Mary Baker Eddy Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures--Christian Science

Lynda J. Eyre (Mormon)

Gillian Gill (Biography on Mary Baker Eddy)

Grant Hardy The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ

Devan Jensen (Mormon)

W.F. Walker Johanson (Mormon; What is Mormonism All About?: Answers to the 150 Most Commonly Asked Questions about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)

Greg Johnson and Robert Millet Bridging The Divide: The Continuing Conversation Between A Mormon And An Evangelical. Greg Johnson is a professing Christian and the founder and president of Standing Together. Robert Millet, co-author of this book, is a dedicated Mormon. For more information go to the Greg Johnson and Robert Millet Research Page at  ).  

Gerald N. Lund (Mormon)

Jack Lyon (Mormon)

Michael McLean (Mormon)

Robert L. Miller (Mormon)

Robert. L. Millet (Mormon) A Different Jesus? The Christ of the Latter-Day Saints. Go to  for further information.

Jay Parry (Mormon)

Daniel Peterson (Mormon; Muhammad: Prophet of God)

Anne Osborn Poelman (Mormon)

Barbara J. Porter (Mormon author)

Robert Vincent Remini (Biography on Joseph Smith--Joseph Smith was the founder and first President/Prophet of the Mormon Church)

Ed Smart, Lois Smart (Mormon; Bringing Elizabeth Home: A Legacy of Faith)

Joseph Smith The Book of Mormon (NUVISION Publishing)

Spirit of America (Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Orchestra)

Brad Teare (Mormon)

Rick Walton (Mormon)

Blaine M. Yorgason (Mormon)




Orestes Augustus Brownson Saint Worship and the Worship of Mary: Why Devotion to the Saints Makes Sense)

Finis Jennings Dake Dake's Annotated Reference Bible. Please refer to Jeff Spancer's article, "The Jesus of the Dake Annotated Reference Bible" at

Charles Darwin (evolution, Autobiographies)

Meister Eckhart (Pantheism)

Bart Ehrman Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why 

Madame Jeanne Guyon

Hannah Hurnard (refer to )

Gwen Shamblin (denies the Trinity)

John Shelby Spong

Joseph C. Sprague

Patricia A. Williams Doing Without Adam and Eve: Sociobiology and Original Sin 




David Aaron The Kabbalah (an esoteric or occult matter that is traditionally secret)
Robert Aitken (Zen Buddhism)

Thomas Aquinas (Metaphysics)

Joan Wester Anderson Where Angels Walk

Anchor Bay Entertainment (10-Minute Solution DVD--promotes yoga)

Karen Armstrong (Buddha)

Wilkie Au

Jim Ballard  Little Wave and Old Swell: A Fable of Life and its Passing. According to Ballard, the book was "Inspired by Paramahansa Yogananda," a Hindu guru and the founder of Self Realization Fellowship ( ). This book, and other books by Ballard, is endorsed by Ken Blanchard, co-founder of the Lead Like Jesus movement. For further information on Ken Blanchard and Lead Like Jesus, go to:

Willis Barnstone (Gnosticism/Kabbalah)

Melody Beattie

Michael Berg The Kabbalah

Perle Besserman The Kabbalah

Emily Bestler

Joel D. Beversluis (The Pluralism Project)

Ken Blanchard (refer to "Ken Blanchard and Lead Like Jesus")

Brooke Boon Holy Yoga. Also authored Hatha Yoga Illustrated

Susan Bordenkircher Yoga for Christians

Joan Borysenko (according to the Hoffman Institute, Borysenko is the "Co-Founder and former Director of the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard University, President of Mind/Body Health Sciences, Inc., and Chair of the Hoffman Institute Advisory Board at ).

Fritz Buri The Buddha-Christ as the Lord of True Self

John Bradshaw

Beverly F. Brandt The Mystic Reality of Christ Consciousness

Sylvia Browne Sylvia Browne's Book of Angels (Browne is a psychic who makes regular appearances on the Montel Williams Show at ).

Christopher Bryant

Beatrice Bruteau

Roland Buck Angels on Assignment

Sophy Burnham A Book of Angels

Barbara Calamari Holy Cards

Kendra Crossen Burroughs Skylight Illuminations: The Bhagavad Gita

Julia Cameron

Carole Camp (Labyrinth)

G.T. Candolini (Labyrinth)

Peter A. Campbell

Jack Canfield Chicken Soup for the Soul series. "In USA, we have a Christian fundamentalist movement right now which is threatening other religions and I don't like it. It's a religious revival which is intolerant, it creates separation, pain, and is based on ignorance...What works for me is a combination of disciplines: I do yoga, tai chi which is a Chinese martial art and three kinds of meditation­­vipasana, transcendental and mantra (sound) meditation...I meditate every day and I do something with my body every day: yoga or tai chi" (refer to the article, "Choosing To Be Happy").

Noreen Cannon

Lucia Capacchione

Hal Childs The Myth of the Historical Jesus and the Evolution of Consciousness

Richard Chilson

William C. Chittick

Carol P. Christ Weaving the Visions: New Patterns in Feminist Spirituality

Carolyn Chambers Clark (Holistic Health)

Nancy Clemens (Dolphin Divination Cards)

Chas Clifton The Paganism Reader

Confucius The Analects

James. A Conlon

Janice T. Connell

David A. Cooper

Pierre Jean Cousin Facelift at Your Fingertips (promotes acupressure and aromatherapy).

Stephen R. Covey (Mormon author whose books promote Mormonism and New Age principles)

Rosie Daley, Oprah Winfrey In the Kitchen with Rosie: Oprah's Favorite Recipes

George F. Dole

Wendy Doniger The Laws of Manu (Hinduism)

Larry Dossey

Michael Drosnin

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Betty Eadie

Cheryl Evans Acting and Theater (promotes yoga)

Eknath Easwaran The Bhagavad Gita

Su Chin Ee Creating Bonsai Landscapes

Gary Egeberg

Lesley Ehlers (Zen Buddhism)

Mircea Eliade Shamanism

Rita Elkins Holistic Health

Marie Pierre-Emonet (Metaphysics)

Bruce G. Epperly Reiki Healing Touch and the Wat of Jesus

Perle Epstein

W.Y. Wentz-Evans The Tibetan Book of the Dead

Timothy J. Farnham

Martha Fay Pocket Saints: Virgin of Guadalupe with Cards and Other and Booklet

Norman Fischer (Zen Buddhism)

Karen Baker-Fletcher (Metaphysics)

Emmet Fox

Matthew Fox

Laurence Freeman

Gregory Fried (Metaphysics)

Dave Fleming

Gary Gach The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism

Paul Galdone The Monkey and the Crocodile: A Jakata Tale from India

Ivone Gebara (Eco-Feminism)

Heimer Geirsson (Metaphysics)

James E. Goehring The Tibetan Book of the Dead

Joel S Goldsmith

Arthur Goldwag (Kabbalah)

Daniel P. Goleman

Deidre J. Good Reconstructing the Tradition of Sophia in Gnostic Literature

Tzivar Gover Mindful Moments for Streeful Days

Mary Ford-Grabowski WomanPrayers

Dom Alfred Graham (Zen Buddhism)

John Gray Secrets of Passion: Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

Arthur Green

Bede Griffiths

Group Publishing (Labyrinth)

Ben Gruagach The Wiccan Mystic

GT Media, USA The Firm: Power Yoga

Jeffrey D. Hamilton (Holistic Health)

Robert M. Hamma

Olav Hammer

Gail M. Harley Emma Curtis Hopkins: Forgotten Founder of New Thought

Edward Hays (Labyrinth)  

Richard Hecht

Martin Heidegger (Metaphysics)

Steven Heine (Zen Buddhism)

A.L. Herman A Brief Introduction to Hinduism

Eugen Herrigel (Zen Buddhism)

Hildegard of Bingen

David Hinton (Tao Te Ching)

Eknath Easwaran The Bhagavad Gita

Lawrence A. Hoffman (Holistic Health)

George Holbrook (Holistic Health)

Eric Hornung (Egyptian Spirituality)

Aldous Huxley

Moshe Idel The Kabbalah

Peter Van Inwagen (Metaphysics)

Lisa Isherwood (British Feminist, Celtic Spirituality; The Power of Erotic Celibacy and The Power of Erotic Celibacy: Queering Heteropatriarchy)

Robert S Ivker (Holistic Health)

Carl T. Jackson Vedanta for the West (Hinduism)

Alan Jacobs The Bhagavad Gita: A Poetic Transcreation

Willigis Jager

Gerald Jampolsky

Sharon Janis Spirituality for Dummies

Maria Jaoudi (Islam and Christianity)

James William Jones (Buddhism/Psychotherapy)

John Miriam Jones (Celtic Spirituality)

Laurie Beth Jones Jesus: CEO; The Path; The Four Elements of Success

Michael Jubien (Metaphysics)

Carl Jung

Kakichi Kadowaki (Zen Buddhism)

Glin-Pa-Karma The Tibetan Book of the Dead

Paul Kaufman

Richard A. Kautz (Labyrinth)

Zen Master Keizan (Zen Buddhism)

Stephen R. Kellert

Karen L. King Images of the Feminine in Gnosticism

John Kirvan

Klaus K. Klostermaier Hinduism: A Short Intro

Gary Kraftsow Yoga for Transformation: Ancient Teachings and Practices for Healing the Body, Mind, and Heart

Katherine Krohn Oprah Winfrey (Oprah Winfrey is a New Ager)

Christian Kuhn (Holistic Health)

Aryeh Kushner The Kabbalah

Lawrence Kushner (Kabbalah)

Ronald Melvin Lawrence (Holistic Health and Yoga)

Dali Lama

Bentley Layton The Gnostic Gospels

Leo Lefebure The Buddha & the Christ: Explorations in Buddhist & Christian Dialogue

Kenneth S. Leong (Zen Buddhism)

Stephen Levine

Scott C. Littlejohn Shinto

John Daido Loori (Zen Buddhism)

Donald S. Lopez, Jr. The Tibetan Book of the Dead

Howard Louthan (Labyrinth)

Joseph A. Loya The Tao of Jesus: An Experiment in Inter-Traditional Understanding

Thia Luby Children's Book of Yoga: Games & Exercises Mimic Plants & Animals & Objects

Gerd Ludemann (Atheist)

Elaine MacInnes (Zen Buddhism)

Gailand Macqueen (Labyrinth)

Fiona Maddocks

S.J. Marshall The Mandate of Heaven: Hidden History in the I-Ching

Nancy Martin

Juan Mascaro The Bhagavad Gita; Dhammapada; The Upanishads

Daniel Matt Essential Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish Mysticism

Benard McGinn

Edwin M. McMahon

G.R.S. Mead Pistis Sophia

Anthony de Mello (mysticism, self-realization)

Franz Metcalf What Would Buddha Do?

Marvin Meyer The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus

Moojan Momen The Baha'i Faith: A Short Introduction

Mary Manin Morrissey (New Thought)

K. Mozumdar, Paul Tice The Life and the Way: The Christian Yoga Metaphysics

Jon Mundy

Wayne Muller Touching the Divine-Audiobook on Cassette  

Carolyn Myss

Philip J. Newell (Celtic Spirituality, New Age music)

Steve Nichols The Magical Writings of Ithell Colquhoun ("Many of Ithell's magical writings are collected and published here for the first time, nearly 20 years after her death in 1988. There are a series Tarot lectures that she gave to either the Golden Dawn, Masonic, OTO, Druidic or Gnostic Orders in which she was ordained" (Cokesbury Christian bookstore, ).

Friedrich Nietzsche

John O'Donohue

Wendy Doniger O'Flatery The Rig Veda (Hinduism/Sanskrit hymns) 

Diane C. Olson (Holistic Health)

Elaine Pagels The Gnostic Gospels

Mahinda Palihawadana The Dhammapada: The Sayings of Buddha

Papus The Qabalah: Secret Traditions of the West

Norman Vincent Peale (Positive Thinking)

M. Scott Peck ( )

Joseph Petulla (Tao Te Ching)

Li Po (Ascended Masters)

Andrew Ramer Angel Answers: A Joyful Guide to Creating Heaven on Earth

Fr. Anthony Randazzo Beatitudes, Christ and the Practice of Yoga: A Sacred Log on Land and Sea

David Steindl-Rast

John Jacob Raub Who Told You That You Were Naked? (based on the New Age manual, A Course in Miracles)

Melinda Ribner (Kabbalah)

Jabez Richardson (Freemasonry)

Anthony (Tony) Robbins

Elisabeth Ross (Holistic Health) 

Nancy Roth (blends Christianity with Yoga)

Ron Roth (see )

Philip St. Romain Kundalini Energy and Christian Spirituality

Rosemary Radford Ruether (Feminism)

Joyce Rupp

Thomas Ryan Prayer of Heart and Body: Meditation and Yoga as Christian Spiritual Practice

Leslie Sansone (Yoga DVD)

Robert Schuller

S.M. Scott Yin-Yang: A Zen Guided Journal

Richard Seidman The Kabbalah

John B. Severance Gandhi, Great Soul

Arvind Sharma Hinduism for Our Times.

Beth Shaw Yoga Stretch for Fitness

Rupert Sheldrake

Dr. Bernie Siegal

Krishna Silverman (Hindu Spirituality)

Ninan Smart

Peter Smith (Baha'i)

Choan-Seng Song Third-Eye Theology

Ernest Sosa (Metaphysics)

David Spangler

Jonathan Star (Tao Te Ching)

Brad Steiger

Rudolph Steiner

Walburga Storch

Lucien Stryk On Love and Barley (Zen Buddhism)

William C. Sturtevant

K.R. Sundararajan (Hindu Spirituality)

Sri Purohit Swami The Bhagavad Gita

Emanuel Swedenborg (Swedenborgism)

Leonard Sweet Quantum Spirituality

Jeremy Taylor (Labyrinth)

Terry Lynn Taylor Angel Wisdom

John Marks Templeton Wisdom from World Religions: Pathways to Heaven on Earth (refer to )

Marjorie Thompson SOUL FEAST (for further information, refer to Lighthouse Trails at

Tide-Mark Press Yoga Journal Wall Calendar

June Boyce-Tillman

Elisabeth Tooker (Native American Spirituality of Eastern Woodlands; sacred myths, rituals, formulas)

Lao Tsu (Tao Te Ching)

Mary Evelyn Tucker (Confucian Spirituality)

Ann Belford Ulanov

Kerry Walters

Alan Watts (Zen Buddhism)

Neale Donald Walsch

Birell Walsh Praying for Others

Tu Weiming (Confucian Spirituality)

Andrew Weil Breathing: The Master Key to Self-Healing; audio book on cassette

Robert Van de Weyer (readings from Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism)

Ken Wilber ("Each of us still has to find a genuine contemplative practice-maybe yoga, maybe Zen, maybe Shambhala Training, maybe contemplative prayer, or any number or authentic transformative practices" (click HERE for source). Additional research at ).

Jacqueline A. Williams (Gnosticism)

Raymond Brady Williams An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism

Aryeh Wineman (Kabbalah) 

Terry Cole-Whittaker

Leslie Wines Rumi: A Spiritual Biography

David Gordon White Tantra in Practice

Philip Wilkinson & Peggy Morgan Eyewitness: Buddhism

Laibl Wolf (Kabbalah)

Dale S. Wright (Zen Buddhism)

Paramahansa Yogananda  Autobiography of a Yogi; The Yoga of Jesus: Understanding the Hidden Teachings of the Gospel; Scientific Healing Affirmations: Theory and Practice of Concentration; The Law of Success: Using the Power of Spirit to Create Health, Prosperity, and Happiness

Yoga Zone; Music for Meditation

Ho Pen Yoke (Astrology)

Serinity Young An Anthology of Sacred Texts by and About Women

Carol Zaleski

Philip Zaleski

Heinrich Zimmer Philosophies of India 

Suzanne Zuercher (Enneagram Spirituality)

Gary Zukav




Marilyn Bennett Alexander We Were Baptized Too: Claiming God's Grace For Lesbians and Gays

James Alison Faith Beyond Resentment: Fragments Catholic and Gay

Rebecca T. Alpert Lesbian Rabbis

Marcella Althaus-Reid Indecent Theology: Theological Perversions in Sex, Gender and Politics

Cathy Ann Anderson Challenges and Changes (male-to-female transsexual)

Bruce Bawer A Place at the Table: The Gay Individual in American Society

Alice Ogden Bellis Science, Scripture, and Homosexuality

Jon L. Berquist Called Out With: Stories of Solidarity-In Support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trangendered Persons (according to the description at,

"This is an edited work of stories from Westminster John Knox Press written by heterosexuals in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered persons who desire opportunities for leadership within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)."

Mindy Blaise Playing It Straight: Uncovering Gender Discourse in the Early Childhood Classroom

Donald L. Boisvert Out on Holy Ground: Meditations on Gay Men's Spirituality

Mary Borhek Coming Out to Parents: A Two-Way Survival Guide for Lesbians and Gay Men and Their Parents

Timothy Brown (co-authored book, Coming Out Young and Faithful, with Leanne McCall Tigert)

Edward Carpenter Pagan and Christian Creeds: Their Origin and Meaning

Richard Cleaver Know My Name: A Gay Liberation Theology

Gary David Comstock Gay Theology Without Apology

Randy P. Conner Queering Creole Spiritual Traditions

Emmanuel Cooper The Sexual Perspective: Homosexuality and Art in the Last 100 Years in the West

L. William Countryman Gifted by Otherness: Gay and Lesbian Christians in the Church

Page DuBois Sappho Is Burning

Geoffrey Duncan Courage to Love: Liturgies for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community

Marvin Mahan Ellison Same-Sex Marriage: A Christian Ethical Analysis

James L. Empereur Spiritual Direction and the Gay Person

Tim Fleming Holy Bible: New Testament and God's New Law (this is a Bible for the homosexual community. Fleming claims to receive revelations from God, and maintains that "If you are gay, get married. Buy rings for each other. Make wedding vows, and ceremonies in your own homes" ("The Journal," p. 666). On pages 667-668, Fleming states: "On August 20th, 2004, on the way home from work, God increased sanctions on the Church. He declared that testimony from the old law (i.e. the Bible Old Testament/New Testament) will not longer be considered in his high court because his New Law has been declared." 

Daniel Gebhardt I Am One Walking Beside Me: Meditations of an HIV Positive Gay Man
Chris Glaser (refer to Glaser's Bio and Books at )

Peter Gomes (homosexual, pro-gay activist)

Robert E. Goss Take Back The Word: A Queer Reading of the Bible

Larry Kent Graham Discovering Images of God: Narratives of Care Among Lesbians and Gays
Eryk Hanut The Road to Guadalupe and The Blessings of Guadalupe. According to this website ( ), Hanut "lives in Nevada with his husband Andrew Harvey and his two cats Puli and Princey."

Andrew Harvey (see list of books at According to this website ( ), Harvey is "Married to writer and photographer Eryk Hanut."

Mary Ann Hastings A Woman and a Homosexual Man: The Good Thunder in My Life: A Testimony and Workbook for Women Who Love Homosexual Men 

Daniel A. Helminiak What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality  

Thomas Marland Horner Jonathan Loved David: Homosexuality in Biblical Times

Paul King Jewett Man as Male and Female

Jeffrey Lea For Another Flock: Daily Advent and Christmas Meditations for Gay and Lesbian Christians 

Sara Maitland

Dugan McGinley Acts of Faith, Acts of Love: Gay Catholic Autobiographies as Sacred Texts

John McNeill (refer to ).

Dalyn Miller The Quotable Queer: Fabulous Wit & Wisdom from the Gays, the Straights and Everybody In-Between

Tara L. Molina God's Other Children; A Spiritual Journey in Gay Life

Virginia Ramey Mollenkott (lesbian activist, )

Henri Nouwen (according to Michael Ford's book, Wounded Prophet: A Portrait of Henri J.M. Nouwen, Nouwen struggled with homosexuality since the age of six (p. 73). 

Mary Oliver Thirst

Dennis O'Neill Passionate Holiness: Marginalized Christian Devotions for Distinctive Peoples

Michal Anne Pepper Reconciling Journey: A Devotional Workbook for Lesbian and Gay Christians 

Norm Pott Called Out With: Stories of Solidarity-In Support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trangendered Persons (according to the description at, "This is an edited work of stories from Westminster John Knox Press written by heterosexuals in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered persons who desire opportunities for leadership within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)."

 James Preston We Were Baptized Too: Claiming God's Grace For Lesbians and Gays

Paula Ressler Dramatic Changes: Talking about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity with High School Students Through Drama

M.R. Ritley Gifted by Otherness: Gay and Lesbian Christians in the Church

Jack Rogers Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality: Explode the Myths, Heal the Church (the Description reads, "In this sure-to-be controversial book, former seminary professor and church official Jack Rogers argues unequivocally for the ordination of homosexuals and for the extension of full and equal rights in society to all people who are homosexual").

Will Roscoe Jesus and the Shamanic Tradition of Same-Sex Love

Chloe Ann Rounsley True Selves: Understanding Transsexualism-For Families, Friends, Coworkers, and Helping Professionals

Letha Dawson Scanzoni (co-authored Is the Homosexual My Neighbor? with Virginia Ramey Mollenkott)

Alberto Shavo Finding the Real Me: True Tales of Sex and Gender Diversity

David W. Shelton The Rainbow Kingdom: Christianity & the Homosexual Reconciled

Vanessa Sheridan ( Male-to-female crossdresser; co-authored Transgendered Journeys with Virginia Ramey Mollenkott; also authored Crossing Over: Liberating the Transgendered Christian and Cross Purposes: On Being Christian and Crossgendered. According to his website, Sheridan is a "corporate speaker and America's leading authority on transgender in the workplace" who "helps business leaders meet their informational needs"  ( ).

Michelangelo Signorile Outing Yourself: How to Come Out as Lesbian or Gay to Your Family, Friends, and Coworkers

William George Storey A Book of Prayer for Gay and Lesbian Christians

William Stringfellow (refer to the article, "Same-sex marriage and sacramental unity").

Tom Swicegood Our God Too

David Toussaint Gay and Lesbian Weddings: Planning the Perfect Same-Sex Ceremony

Maurine C. Waun More Than Welcome: Learning to Embrace Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Persons in the Church

Joe Webber The Complete Guide to Gay & Lesbian Weddings

Ann Wells I'm Home: What It's Like to Love a Woman

Mel White Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America; Religion Gone Bad: The Hidden Dangers of the Christian Right (Mel White is the founder of Soulforce. Refer to his Bio at ).

Sally Lowe Whitehead

Johanna Van Wijk-Bos (co-authored Called Out With: Stories of Solidarity-In Support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trangendered Persons)

Walter Wink Homosexuality and Christian Faith: Questions of Conscience for the Churches




John Avanzini

Reinhard Bonnke

William Branham (denied the Trinity)

Rodney Howard-Browne

Paul Cain

Charles Capps

Morris Cerullo 

Paul Yongi Cho 

Kim Clement   

Kenneth Copeland

Dennis Cramer (refer to "Dennis Cramer: The 'Nervous' Prophet" and "Letter to Dennis Cramer-Part 2" and "Letter to Dennis Cramer-Part 3").

Paul Crouch

Finis Jennings Dake

Jack Deere

Creflo Dollar

Jesse Duplantis

Richard Foster

Francis Frangipane

Ted Haggard

Kenneth Hagin

Bill Hamon

Marilyn Hickey

Steve Hill  

Benny Hinn (refer to )

Charles & Frances Hunter 

Bill Hybels/Willow Creek

Cindy Jacobs

T.D. Jakes

T.B. Joshua

Rick Joyner

E.W. Kenyon

John Kilpatrick

Joyce Meyer

Miles Munroe

Steve Munsey

Mike Murdock

Joel Osteen    

George Otis, Jr.

Rod Parsley

Earl Paulk

Frederick K.C. Price

Oral Roberts

Pat Robertson

Jerry Savelle    

Dutch Sheets

Don Stewart

Tommy Tenney

C. Peter Wagner 


There may be a few you don't know about that we need to avoid if we are to "mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them." (Ro 16:17)


John and Paula Sandford.


The Sandfords have been around for decades. But they are still pitching their inner healing wares. They employ a combination of the pantheist inner healing teaching of Agnes Sanford (their mentor) and the Freudian and Jungian deep hidden unconscious. Forgotten and hidden "biker roots" in the subconscious need to accessed by visionary and imaginative means. These hidden traumas presently hinder peoples with unexplainable thoughts and impulses. The irony is that Freudian theory has generally been discredited in secular psychology. Already in 1993 E. Fuller Torrey wrote a book entitled The Freudian Fraud. Reviewing the evidence, Torrey found no credible evidence of Freud's theory of the hidden unconscious. Nevertheless, for the Sandfords, these hidden "biker roots" can stem from prenatal traumas or even experiences that originate from ancestral sins. The Sandford's see this procedure as the only sanctification that will work. This procedure they feel was divinely revealed to them in these last days to prepare the church for the last days. This accounts for their inclusion in Wagner's New Apostolic Council. For the Sandfords, conscious conversion only goes mind deep. The hidden heart must be revealed by visionary and imaginative means and then brought to the cross. Because they see Jesus death as always present and timeless, a believer is always in the process of being converted. The Sandford's admit that they were taught and mentored by Agnes Sanford (no relation). They were obviously influenced by Agnes's pantheism. In their first book The Elijah Task p. 135 the Sandfords write: "There is a sea in which the Spirit of God, The Father and the Son and all creation and angels exist. The being of God is one spirit in which everything moves and has its being. Spirit and matter are one..." The Sanford's, however, vehemently reject the term pantheist. Actually it is a close variant and first cousin of pantheism called panentheism, which is currently being espoused by the contemplative movement. The Sandfords take this a step further and assert that all matter is not only divine but has personality and a will. This should be called "animism" as found in pagan and primitive peoples. This enables them to communicate with plants. John S says:


"Jesus spoke to a plant and it withered. You know, that plant could understand what he said to it." (A Transcript of an Evening with John and Paula Sandford Feb. 25, 1987, p. 57).


This teaching also allows them to believe that spirits of departed people hang around for a period of time and can inhabit believers. John gives testimony of casting out the spirit of one already dead from a living person. (An Evening... An Appendix, B-l ). The possibility of a toxic reaction from these teachings seems high. The Sandfords have actually been taken to court over the side-affects of their teachings in families.



Larry Crabb


Larry Crabb is a leading Christian psychologist, author, bible teacher and seminary professor. He has written many best-selling books and is the founder of New Way Ministries. He has written over 40 books. His most well known books were entitled Inside Out and Finding God. His most recent book is entitled The Papa Prayer. Crabb, now, has come to espouse contemplative prayer and sees it as replacing his former teaching of psychological therapy. In a 2003 article in Christianity Today called A Shrink Gets Stretched, the writer makes the following remark: "Christian Counselor and popular author Larry Crabb took the trouble to earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. But now he believes that in today's church, therapy should be replaced by another, more ancient practice - spiritual direction"'. This ancient practice he identifies in other places as contemplative prayer. A year before the CT article came out, Crabb wrote the forward for David Benner's book Sacred Companions. In this forward Crabb wrote


"The spiritual climate is ripe. Jesus seekers across the world are being prepared to abandon the old way of the written code for the new way of the spirit."


Bernner writes of the panentheistic views (God is in all things) of Merton, Henri Nouwen, Basil Pennington and several others. For Crabb to write this forward leaves no doubt about his views. His latest book is nothing more than a union of mysticism and psychology and his insights spring from his contemplative experiences. In The Papa Prayer he states:


 "I've practiced centering prayer, I've contemplatively prayed... I've benefited from each and I still do. In ways you'll see in elements of each  style that are still with me." (Papa Prayer, p. 9).


Crabb should know the centering prayer and the contemplative are essentially synonyms. Crabb’s preference was made clear when he recalled that his wife liked to read People magazine and he preferred Merton (perhaps the most read contemplative). It is my view that the contemplative prayer technique, based on the monastic desert fathers of the 14th century (who borrowed from eastern mystics and their panentheistic worldview), is not only not biblical but also toxic to the soul. The panentheistic worldview that accompanies the contemplative short-circuits absolutely necessary biblical truths. "The God is in all his creation" view of panentheism requires that all God's creation is an embedded with God's Spirit. This negates the biblical teaching of original sin of unregenerate people and thus also renders the substitutionary death of Jesus unnecessary. Furthermore if God's Spirit resides in all creation then it follows that Satan must partake of divinity as well. It's no accident then, that the death of Jesus and Satan are basically ignored in contemplative writings



Tony Compolo


Tony Compolo is a well known author and public speaker. He is invited by HIM here to Hawaii almost every year for the HIM conference.  Beginning in 1980 he has authored more than 40 books. He has always been on the cutting edge and somewhat controversial as some of his book titles suggest. Already in 1982, he wrote 20 Hot Potatoes Christians are Afraid to Touch. In 1991 he authored How to be Pentecostal Without Speaking in Tongues. He has recently published Speaking My Mind and Letters to Young Evangelicals. Some of his writings and speaking have skirted close to evangelical boundaries and many would say he crossed many boundaries. He is currently professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University in St. David's Pennsylvania. He is also a frequent speaker in conferences and bible colleges. Compolo's wife Peggie is even more adventurous and is a gay-rights activist. Compolo was the subject of an informal heresy hearing in 1985 brought about by several assertions in his 1983 book A Reasonable Faith. At issue was his claim that Jesus is actually present in every living person. This controversy caused Campus Crusade for Christ and Youth for Christ at that time to block a planned speaking engagement. (Wilkipedia). Compolo has most recently co-authored a book with Albert Darling entitled The God of Intimacy and Action. The intimacy they refer to is experiencing God by engaging in ancient spiritual mysticism. The authors suggest that social action can best be the result of a joining of mysticism and social awareness. Some other provocative Compolo quotes include:


"Beyond the models of reconciliation, a theology of mysticism provides some hope for common ground between Christianity and Islam. Both religions have within their histories examples of ecstatic union with God....I do not know what to make of the Muslim mystics, especially those who have become known as Sufis. What do they experience in their mystical experiences? Could they have encountered the same God we do in Christian mysticism?" (Speaking My Mind, p. 149,150).


“I am saying that there is no salvation apart from Jesus; that's my evangelical mindset. I am not convinced that Jesus only lives in      Christians." (National Liberty Journal, 8/99).


“Going to heaven is like going to Philadelphia...there are many ways." (Carpe Diem -seizing the Day, 1994).


'”In the morning I don't ask God for anything. Instead I center down on Jesus. I say His name over and over again for as long as 15 minutes, until I find my soul suspended in what the ancient Celtic Christians called 'a thin place" - a place, a state where the boundary between heaven and earth, divine and human dissolves. You could say I use the name of Jesus as a koan (a koan is an eastern religious practice that results in a shock to the rational mind used by ancient Zen masters). (Lighthouse Trails web site)


Gary Thomas


Gary Thomas in his book Sacred Pathways (Zondervan, 2002) lists centering prayer as among the different ways people can use to draw near to God. He describes centering prayer as:


 "... in general, centering prayer works like this: choose a word (like Jesus, Father for example) as a focus for contemplative prayer. Repeat the word silently for say 20 minutes until your heart seems to be repeating the word by itself, just as naturally and involuntarily as breathing." (Ray Yungen, A Time of Departing, p. 152).


Focus on the Family actively promotes Thomas's book Sacred Parenting. FOF was contacted about their support of Thomas. Tim Masters, FOF office of the chairman, replied:


"We found nothing within the pages of Sacred Parenting that contradicts the Christian Faith or Dr. Dobson's philosophy... We are not in a position to address the contents of Mr. Thomas's other writings. But this much we can tell you: there has always been a strong tradition of contemplative prayer in the Christian church that has nothing to do with mantra's and eastern meditation." (Lighthouse Trails).


This reply is troubling. First his distinction between Christian and eastern contemplative is not really accurate. Most of the Christians authors who promote contemplative prayer, with few exceptions, include mantras as does Gary Thomas in his book Sacred Pathways. For the distinction between Christian and eastern contemplatives, none other than Tilden Edwards, the founder of the largest and most influential contemplative school in the U.S., asserts in his book Spiritual Friends:


     " that contemplative prayer is the western bridge to far eastern spirituality."


Richard Foster indorses Tilden's book as an excellent book. (Lighthouse Trails). In Thomas's book Sacred Parenting, which FOF does directly promote, Thomas leaves no doubt that Teresa of Avila had a major impact on his prayer life. But Teresa of Avila is a classic expression of 14th and 15th century contemplative and she practiced centering prayer. In the website, Centering Prayer, dedicated to promoting centering prayer they assert:


"Centering Prayer is drawn from ancient prayer practices of the Christian contemplative heritage notably the Fathers and Mothers of the Desert, The Cloud Of Unknowing, St. John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila. It was distilled into a simple method of prayer in the 1970's by three Trappist monks: Fr. William Meninger, Fr. Basil Pennington and Abbot Thomas Keating at the Trappist Abbey, St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Mass." (Centering Prayer Website).


These three monks actively relied on visiting Buddhists to coach them. Tim Masters reply seems like a "political response" from FOF relying on a difference that isn't a difference.


Brian McLaren


There are many Emerging Church authors to avoid in Christian bookstores, among them Richard Foster, Brennan Manning, Leonard Sweet, Doug Pagitt, Dan Kimball, Rick Warren, Ken Blanchard and Brian McLaren. McLaren is the poster-child and the unofficial spokesperson for the Emergent Movement who say they are evangelicals and apparently are being accepted as evangelicals. The Emergent Movement would require many pages to explain and we don't have the space here. McLaren, however, is invited to evangelical conferences. He recently spoke at Willow Creek. Among his most read books are A Generous Orthodoxy and the New Kind of Christian Trilogy. The Emergent Village as the evangelical emergents call themselves have generally adopted a robust postmodern epistemology (how you know things). Because Postmodernists reject the idea of propositional truth, most emergents promote a mystical faith without the necessity of absolute truth claims. McLaren and others in the emergent group, however, have found wide acceptance in evangelical circles. McLaren's new book is Everything Must Change and he is currently on national tour announcing that message and what he calls the "Deep Shift." The most serious claim of McLaren is his denial of the substitutionary death of Jesus. Recently he made his depreciating views of the cross more specific:


"The cross isn't the center then. The cross is almost a distraction and false advertising for God... God doesn't say forgive' your wife and then go kick the dog' to vent your anger... The common understanding of the atonement presents a God who is incapable of forgiving unless He kicks someone else." (From Slice of Laodicea).


McLaren has endorsed the back cover of Reimaging Christianity by Alan Jones. Alan Jones openly repudiates biblical Christianity. Jones speaks of imaging the child Jesus sitting on Buddha's lap. He also rejects the death of Jesus as a saving act and sees it as a vindictive act. (Jones, p. 132). Apparently this is no problem to McLaren for he gives Jones's a ringing endorsement:


"Alan Jones is a pioneer in re-imaging a Christian faith that emerges from authentic spirituality. His work stimulates and encourages me deeply." (Quoted from the back cover).


I used to lament that the cross was gradually being marginalized and widely ignored in evangelical circles. Now authors with unchallenged credentials as evangelicals are accepted and invited all over evangelicalism not only denying the sacrificial death of Jesus, but doing it in a vulgar way. The core of the gospel (the cross of Christ) has not only been hollowed out but now a pagan and foreign mystical fraud has been inserted in its place. So if you go to your local Christian bookshop, be warned that among all the good materials and also harmless trite offerings there lurks actual poison for the soul.




If you want a master list of books, videos and other materials to avoid, I have that on my site:


Paul Proctor of News With Views sums it up nicely this way:


Want a shock? Go to your favorite Christian website, more specifically, to the page where they sell books. Type the names of known heretics and false teachers into the site's search engine; names of authors from the church growth movement, emerging church movement, Word Faith movement and even the New Age and see what pops up on the screen for sale. Brace yourself though, because you're probably going to be surprised. Believe it or not, some Christian bookstores are even selling the published works of homosexuals, pagans and occultists!


The situation regarding Christian bookstores has become dire.  There are still some Christian bookstores who are not stocking heretical books and books promoting worldly sinful agendas.  But you have to look hard to find them.  One of the biggest booksellers around, CBD, not only sells heretical books but, by in large, gives them top billing.  Why?  You guessed it.  The bottom line is Money!  They have sold their opportunity to be a witness to the world for worldly profit.  This has been slowly deteriorating for decades.  I had a friend who was a distributing agent for Sparrow Records and other Christian labels to bookstores.  He told me in the 1980s that he was really disgusted with most Christian bookstores because they labeled themselves as being a “ministry” then turned around and sold their wares for far more than secular stores.  This is still happening today.  You can usually get a better price from non-Christian book outlets like Amazon. 


Christians are to mark and avoid false teachers and are not to even have them in their homes.


2 John 1:10  If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him.


Of course in the first century this was applicable to house churches which was all they had at that time.  But buying a book or video or watching a TV show is no less "taking them into your house" and "welcoming them".  When teachers depart from the teachings of the apostles and Jesus Christ we are to get away from them.  Sheep flee from a stranger's voice.  You should do the same.


John 10:5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice."