Book Review – Gospel Reset

Gospel Reset: Salvation Made Relevant by Ken Ham.

I received a free copy of this book a few months ago, likely sent to Christian pastors across the country.  I’m familiar with who Ken Ham is but I’ve not read or listened to any of this material.  I’m sure we have some theological differences along denominational lines, but trust that we’ll laugh about that together some day in glory.

The basic premise of this book is that many Christian churches have made a grave mistake.  In an effort to accommodate secular theories of origin, they have moved away from really talking much about Genesis.  And if you don’t know the book of Genesis – at least the first quarter of it – you really don’t understand anything else the Bible says or why it matters and applies to you.  I resonate with Ken’s insistence that if we are going to make sense of the Gospel to people unfamiliar with Christianity and the Bible, we need to do so not be ignoring or skipping over Genesis as unnecessary or embarrassing, we need to start there as the key to understanding everything else in the entire universe.

Most of this book describes the problem of Biblical illiteracy in American culture, offering some ideas about how we’ve reached this point.  Ken also highlights two different sermons – one by Peter to people who understood most of his terminology and assumptions (fellow Jews) in Acts 2, and one by Peter to non-Christians in Acts 17.  The Church needs to understand this distinction today as well.  We can’t make assumptions, use shortcuts, utilize insider lingo, or otherwise just assume that people with no exposure to the Bible or Christianity or Church will understand what we’re saying.  They won’t.

Unfortunately, the book does a typically good job of summarizing a problem most people in the Church are somewhat familiar with, but not so good in offering solutions.  The last pages of the book draw attention to resources his organization, Answers in Genesis, has created to be of help.  I think it would have been better if he had provided a synopsis at least of some of the main issues in Genesis he sees as foundational.  It would be a big help to folks who don’t know how to talk to non-Christians.  I appreciate that he’s trying to sound the alarm.  Tragically, most  Christians just don’t understand how big the shift in our culture is from when they were young until now.  That’s dangerous for the Church in America.  This book might be a good start in summarizing some of these shifts.

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