To the author’s knowledge this is
the very first book to tackle the taboo subject of excommunication. It defines what excommunication is, and
highlights the shameful fact that thousands of genuine Christians are either
forced out of their churches by leaders, or by their own consciences.
The book looks at examples from
history and from both Roman Catholic and Reformed cases. Particular mention is made of John Knox’s
formulation, but the main aim of the book is to describe what the Bible says. Dr. Napier believes that God’s word is the
only measure a church should use, and so he sums up the scriptural position as
the only feasible one to use.
In the 1990’s the Toronto
Blessing took control of thousands of churches worldwide. Dr Napier was on of only 3 Christian teachers
to recognize this as a false movement of God.
So he led opposition to it, much to his cost.
The Alpha course, so
enthusiastically accepted worldwide, is the ‘theologising’
arm of the Toronto Blessing and charismaticism. For this reason the Alpha course has been
examined by Dr. Napier, who completely obliterates its teachings as a ‘false
This book is not afraid to speak
out against the thousands of cases of excommunication resulting from
charismatic teaching and the Toronto Blessing, which devastated authentic