Joel Osteen, William P. Young, and Joyce Meyer are three of the biggest names in Christian publishing. None of their titles are sold through Lifeway Christian Resources.
The Southern Baptist-affiliated bookstore chain, which operates online and in more than 180 stores nationwide, has drawn attention in recent years when it stopped selling heaven tourism and Mark Driscoll titles.
On Wednesday, blogger Cameron Dobbins published a list of roughly 120 authors in a post entitled, “LifeWay Removes Unbiblical Resources from Their Stores.” In a phone interview with CT, Dobbins claimed he received the list from a LifeWay employee.
“I want to applaud LifeWay for this decision which will encourage Christians to be more discerning about what they read and share with others,” wrote Dobbins on his blog.”…LifeWay still has a long way to go because though their list is exhaustive it still is missing other authors who are harming the church with unbiblical doctrines.”
Along with Christian bestsellers, the list Dobbins published includes names like controversial philosopher Peter Singer, New Age author Deepak Chopra, and Matthew Vines, author of “God and the Gay Christian.”
But there are some errors. The list includes products LifeWay does sell, such as the New American Bible, albums from Randy Travis, and books by author RT Kendall.
If LifeWay had a list of books it doesn’t carry, it might resemble the list Dobbins published.
Marty King, a spokesman for LifeWay, said the retailer did not send out the list published by Dobbins. In a statement, he did confirm LifeWay does not sell many of the authors on the list.
“Although LifeWay Christian Resources does not carry titles by most of the authors included on a list recently posted on the Internet—and has never carried most of them—the list was not released by LifeWay,” he said. “Similar to most retailers, LifeWay decides—based on a variety of factors—which resources to carry from the tens of thousands available to us. Therefore, we do not comment on individual resource selections.”
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SOURCE: Christianity Today
Morgan Lee and Bob Smietana