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For David Jessup,
who cared enough to start from scratch

"Impressively documented, this spirited criticism of the religio-political
left sounds a needed alarm over widening revolutionary and 'liberationist'
commitments of church leaders. It ought to be read in every congregation
for its timely factual data and penetrating insights."
-- Carl F. Henry
Evangelical Theologian and Author

"It stands to reason that, if there is a Religious Right, there must be a
Religious Left. Outside the circles of the Religious Right, however,
one finds little mention of the Religious Left. One reason for this curious
situation is that, in 'mainline' Protestantism and Catholicism, the Left is
typically viewed as the center. The authors of this book make abundantly
clear that the Religious Left is very Left indeed. Far from fueling partisan
recriminations, their thoughtful analysis should invite a fresh deliberation
on the proper role of the churches in the search for public justice."
--Richard John Newhaus, Director
The Center on Religion and Society

"The espousal of any political ideology as the gospel of Jesus Christ is
truly a 'betrayal of the church.' In their book by that name, Ed Robb and
his daughter, Julia, have clearly documented the startling story
of the leftist drift of much of the leadership of the so-called mainline
churches of America. This is a compelling book, telling the story of
how these leaders seem to hold a clear affinity for leftist politics, while
they also advance a partisan bias against Western democracies and the
free market economy. Even more importantly, this book portrays how the
essence of the gospel has been radically distorted through liberation
theology to embrace political and economic revolution as the core
of the Christian faith in place of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus
Christ. This is the other side of the story which you owe to yourself and the
cause of truth to read."
--Ira Gallaway, Senior Paster
First United Methodist Church
Peoria, Illinois

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Edmund W. Robb is an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church. For the past seventeen years he has been an evangelist, after having served for twenty years previously as a Methodist pastor. He has been active in the Good News renewal movement in the United Methodist Church, serving as the movement's chairman, and is Chairman of the Institute on Religion and Democracy in Washington D.C. He is the author of numerous articles, and holds the doctor of divinity degree from Asbury Seminary.

Julia Robb, the daughter of Dr. Robb, is an author and journalist.

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The Betrayal of the Church is the alarming story of how the leaders of the mainline denominations have abandoned the gospel in favor of the religious and political ideology of the Left. Its message of apostasy and the possibility of renewal in the mainline churches is of vital concern to every Christian in America.

Permission has been granted to include this book on our website by Dr. Ed Robb.

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The Betrayal of the Church Copyright © 1986 by Edmund W. Robb and Julia Robb. Published by Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Westchester, Illinois 60153

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in retrieval system or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publisher, except as provided by USA copyright law.

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