Many churches have a library, but does anyone ever oversee what goes into these libraries? The above book was found in our Sunday school library. It may look like a “Christian” book on the outside and yet if you venture inside, it reveals itself for what it is. In this case, a book published by the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
I’m sure this book was donated with the best of intentions by someone who didn’t know any better and that’s why it’s important to have knowledgeable people like pastors help discern what books ought to go into your church’s library or even your personal collection.
I hope your church library has many fine books, faithful to God’s Word and your church’s confession of faith. My experience though, tells me that there are church libraries that may have developed with little such discernment. Your church library may be filled with all kinds of heresy and false teaching.
Am I calling for a book burning or censuring? No. What I am suggesting though, is that books in your church’s library should be carefully selected to reflect your congregation’s confession of faith. Yes, take the time to cull out from your library what is obviously bad theology, and then as you add books, get the advice of your pastor in what is faithful. If you want a safe source for books, check out your church’s publishing house.
Of course, if you want to look at some good heresy just visit your local Christian book store. There you can peruse it without buying it or polluting your own library.