Evangelicals Adrift Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  December 15, 2015
Evangelicals Adrift: Supplanting Scripture with Sacramentalism Book Cover Evangelicals Adrift: Supplanting Scripture with Sacramentalism
Matthew E. Ferris
December 1, 2015

Evangelicalism has always been an eclectic movement, with believers picking and choosing what helps to advance the gospel, with the lodestar of Scripture as the ultimate authority for doctrine and practice. In recent years, some Evangelicals have begun to look to other traditions, not simply to inform their worship, but as alternate sources of authority. The high-profile conversion of some Evangelicals to Catholicism or Orthodoxy demonstrates this phenomenon; an embracing of the sacramental principle.

Many converts accept Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox claims of continuity with the earliest church, without a more thorough investigation into the history of how the church developed. A closer look into the evidence tells a very different story.

This book argues for a careful analysis of exactly what Evangelicals give up when they allow other sources of authority alongside Scripture, and for a re-engagement with the Bible as the sole ground of authority for the Christian life.

The Cross Focused Reviewers share their thoughts on Evangelicals Adrift: Supplanting Scripture with Sacramentalism by Matthew E. Ferris.

“This book is a most excellent encouragement to the saints of God and, I pray, a wakeup call to those who are drifting into dangerous waters in the Tiber River…”
Reviewer: Stuart Brogden
Rating: 5 Stars

Evangelicals Adrift calls to us as evangelicals to take a long hard look from a Biblical perspective at what the early church taught and how the Sacraments were originally practiced and where we are at today as far as our teaching and the practice of the sacraments…and there are major differences.”
Reviewer: Harold Cameron
Rating: 5 Stars

“Overall this book is a great resource and the best that I have read which is devoted to addressing the historical and biblical claims of sacramentalism.”
Reviewer: Aaron Cerda
Rating: 5 Stars

“I myself do not care if evangelicals convert to Roman Catholicism or Eastern Orthodoxy, for I respect those religions as paths on which people can find God. At the same time, Ferris does well to warn about the possible spiritual effects of certain Roman Catholic beliefs and practices. His historical discussions were also informative.”
Reviewer: James Pate
Rating: 5 Stars

“The simple admonition to compare all teaching with Scripture and throw away that which does not square with the Bible is the motto of the day.”
Reviewer: Joseph Westbrook
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a very useful book in showing why the views of the Roman and Eastern churches are unbiblical and how the Scripture is better understood on these issues. This book would prove useful in talking to others in these churches or those thinking about joining these churches.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler, Jr.
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you desire to examine Sacramentalism through the lens of Scripture, then Evangelicals Adrift by Matthew Ferris is the book for you.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

“…if you want to read an in depth study of sacramentalism in the light of Scripture it will be worth your time and money.”
Reviewer: Bill Mazey
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you are a history-lover and one who loves to compare the differences between beliefs than this is the book for you! You will be fascinated at the similarities but also the differences that are causing this drift.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 3 Stars

“All in all I found this to be a rather helpful book. Ferris makes a number of important and valuable points for the reader to grab hold of and he does an excellent job of examining church history in order to see where we as the body have wavered and drifted and where perhaps we seem to be maintaining our hold on the lifeline of Scripture.”
Reviewer: Michael Boling
Rating: 5 Stars

“Matthew Ferris presents a good understanding both the issues and weaknesses of Evangelicalism and Sacramentalism.”
Reviewer: Steven Bricker
Rating: 3 Stars

“All in all I found the book helpful, engaging, and stimulating. It is not the final word, but it would be a good entry point for those interested in the topic.”
Reviewer: Ben Franks
Rating: 4 Stars

“Ferris holds to the idea that evangelicals have a tendency to pick and choose what helps to advance the gospel, while sacramentalists choose to hold traditions and other writings to the same standard as scripture. What Ferris has found is that in recent years evangelicals are actually converting to sacramentalism by way of Orthodoxy or Catholicism… I think this is a great book to make you think.”
Reviewer: Amanda Talbert
Rating: 4 Stars

“Discussion on Scripture vs Traditions Sacramentalism… academics will find this book to be useful but the general reader might take some time to get used to the rather academic tone and style.”
Reviewer: Xi Ming
Rating: 3 Stars