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The Bible Answer Man, Hank Hanegraaff Chooses Different Authority for Salvation

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on April 11, 2017

tanc-m2Apparently, the Bible answer man, Hank Hanegraaff, has converted from mainline Protestantism to the Greek Orthodox church. How could someone so immersed in the Protestant tradition for so many years switch to another religious system? The answer is simple: it’s all the gospel of authority ice cream—different flavors. One is saved by displaying humbleness in submitting to “the authority of godly men.” When it gets right down to it the only cardinal sin is thinking for yourself and being accountable to God as an individual.

Nevertheless, what is more evident than the fact that we will all be accountable to God as individuals anyway? Yet, as one example in volumes of Protestant cognitive dissonance, the church demands that we give up individual discernment and submit to its authority while assuming that Christ is in total agreement because they say He is. And oh, by the way, you are charged a temple tax for all of this as well.

According to an article posted on Pulpit and Pen,

The Orthodox Church is a false expression of Christianity, much like the Roman Catholic Church, that is highly driven by graven images and denies the biblical doctrine of salvation by grace alone through faith alone, and instead, trusts in meritorious works and a sacramental system for salvation. This flies in the face of Ephesians 2:8-9, which states,

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Um, excuse me, BOTH Protestantism and the Orthodox Church hold to progressive salvation. Although Protestantism excludes graven images of people in exchange for graven images of crosses everywhere you look, BOTH have sacrificial systems that maintain salvation. While more ambiguous than Mass, the Protestant “means of grace” [viz, means of salvation] are the Lord’s Table, church membership, prayer, sitting under formal preaching, and a perpetual return to the same gospel that originally saved us through “a lifestyle of repentance” or “deep repentance.” What Protestantism calls “faith alone” really includes works to maintain salvation that are classified as faith alone works. Preaching the gospel to yourself every day is obviously a work, but since the gospel is by faith alone anything that is a gospel work or the “obedience of faith” isn’t really a work. Right.

In contrast, the real gospel ends works under the law because the law is ended and interprets all good works via the motive of love. If one is still under the law all works must be categorized by church orthodoxy as faith alone works or work works with each claiming the others as heresy because of how they categorize the works and other issues. For example, people raising their arms to a huge cross behind a praise band isn’t idol worship. Right. Being faithful to the “means of grace salvation” isn’t really a “means” of salvation either. Right. I guess it depends on what “means” means.

Whether Protestantism, Catholicism, Orthodoxy, or whatever, it’s all the pot calling the kettle black. And it’s all a morass of contradiction scripted in a soap opera on steroids. Examples are found by poking the institutional church’s Jabba the Hutt body anywhere you choose while blindfolded. According to Pulpit and Pen this is just another example of the great falling away that we should expect in the last days while the Neo-Protestant movement lays claim to a great “Resurgence” expressed in viral conferences attended by thousands, a plethora of dynamic teachers hanging on trees everywhere you look, and thousands of megachurch campuses located in every American city. Yes indeed, a great revival during a great falling away. I remind you that Christ asked if He would find any faith at all when He returns. In addition, Pulpit and Pen decries…

… this is merely an example of what happens when professing Christians elevate something other than Scripture as the final authority on all things.

Right, we can tell that the Bible is an evangelical authority by the massive volume of books about the Bible that have all but totally replaced individual Bible study. Yet, after 500 years and oceans of Protestant ink, Pulpit and Pen bemoans the following,

So what is the significance of this? This should be a testimony of the dismal state of the evangelical church in our modern day. There is a sure lack of biblical truth and doctrinal stability to which many can be left wandering.

Dismal state? Again, the Neo-Protestant movement is defined by billions of incoming dollars and thousands of splendid megachurch temples with huge infrastructure budgets. Yet, Protestant teachers effectively pull on the heartstrings of their followers while picturing the movement as a destitute few huddled together in the wilderness suffering for Christ…while sitting in a multimillion dollar sanctuary.

Trust me folks, there is nothing more willingly ignorant than a Protestant.

As history moves forward, all of these religions will come together as one because they are all predicated on progressive justification and positional justification apart from the new birth. What is the element of progressive justification that will bring them all together?

Only time will tell.




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  1. Jo said, on April 11, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    Well, as the saying goes, “you could’ve knocked me over with a feather”. I used to listen to Hank every day during my drive time. I seldom, if ever, even slightly disagreed with him. Now this…… Sadly, I’m sure we’ll all be watching for further clarification. I’d like to say I don’t get it, but I guess I do.


  2. John said, on April 11, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    Pulpit and Pen, one of the worst and most condescending and know-it-all websites in Internet history, spreading a vicious false anti-biblical gospel…all with fake humility and a see-through piousness. Oh, please, spare me that lot.


  3. republican mother said, on April 11, 2017 at 1:56 PM

    I have an Orthodox friend who I enjoy discussing theology with. She laments the rise of the Orthodox book market, which is a direct result of converts like Hank. So the tsunami of books, books and more books is beginning to hit the Orthodox world here in America.

    It’s also funny how she noticed that the evangelicals are becoming like the Catholics. Of course, regular readers here know why that is.


  4. Argo said, on April 11, 2017 at 8:23 PM

    Excellent, Paul,


  5. Argo said, on April 11, 2017 at 8:25 PM

    And so true…why we should gasp at such a display of “hypocrisy”?!

    It’s all the same philosophy.


  6. Alan said, on April 11, 2017 at 8:51 PM

    I have been referring to Hank as the “Bible Ego Man” for 3 decades. One author called him “The Babylon Answer Man”. He unscrupulously took over Walter Martin’s, author of The Kingdom of the Cults, CRI organization.

    “Hanegraaff reportedly made his move to take over CRI (Christian Research Institute) by manipulating Martin’s widow to announce to the mourners that he was Martin’s appointed successor when indeed he wasn’t.”

    I once heard him go on and on while answering a woman about a charismatic practice that has some scriptural precedent, while completely failing to address that caller identified herself as a Mormon!

    Flee this man and his so called ministry. Poor biblical application and easily questionable character. He’ll be defending religious icons and transubstantiation next.


    • Jo said, on April 12, 2017 at 12:53 PM

      Alan….thanks….I personally appreciate your comments. It’s been a while since I listened to HH, so I wasn’t aware of these further details. I understand what you’re saying.


      • Anonymous said, on April 13, 2017 at 5:59 PM

        You are welcome. The benefit to HH’s change is that hopefully more people will figure out he is the proverbial emperor with no clothes and disregard him as we have done.


  7. lydia00 said, on April 17, 2017 at 2:24 PM

    Frankly, I think a lot of Protestants especially of the more Neo Cal variety are going to be attracted to the Eastern Orthodox Religion over doctrines of Trinity (ESS) and PSA. And we are seeing many opt for a sacrament system. Frankly, the historical aspects of the Orthodox are not much different than the Protestants when you look at issues like authority, church/state, etc.


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