Book Review: The Second Exodus Generation

The Second Exodus Generation: How Ignorance Regarding Israel Has Cost The Church, by Dr. Ephrain Tristan Ortiz

This is a book that is deeply muddled but also deeply earnest and undoubtedly sincere. It would no doubt come as a great surprise to the author, who has very severe and passionate views about the importance of Orthodoxy (as he would define it as a Latin American evangelical, possibly even a Pentecostal) that two of the main sources he uses to justify his positions, Rick Warren and Joyce Meyer, themselves have come under serious fire for not being true to even fairly debased standards of mainstream Christianity. Likewise, it would come as a surprise to the author that despite his beliefs that he is preaching the restored biblical truth of the Bible that his Trinitarian views, his refusal to worship the biblical Sabbath and Holy Days, and his own misrepresentation of the positions of others amount to placing himself within the camp of those opponents of God that he condemns so harshly in this book.

The author, whose credentials are rather unknown, presents himself as a somewhat self-appointed teacher and preacher who rails against social injustice and especially against cohabitation and holds very strong views about repeating scriptures and appropriating those promises for ourselves, in what appears to be a form of the prosperity gospel. On the plus side, he appears to claim that those who support the people of Israel receive blessings by God and those who are opposed to the people of Israel are bound to fail. With this general argument I have no disagreement, but it is only a focus of the first section of the book. For the remainder of the book, the author shows himself somewhat inconsistent, accepting Catholic authority about the nature of God and Sunday observance while rejecting the obvious corruption and doctrinal innovations of the Catholic Church; he simply does not have enough understanding to know when those innovations began.

Among the most interesting points the author makes, and the reason why I picked up this book to begin with in the first place, is the apparent connection between the troubles of our contemporary society (including Christians who do not bring a good example to others) and the struggles of the wilderness generation whose carcasses scattered the wilderness. This particular connection is not really brought out, though, leaving the title of the book as a bit of a tease. This book does not succeed in presenting the author of an authority in reforming Christian education practices, nor does the author show either a sound or a biblical view of truth and practice. Nevertheless, there is some value of this book in presenting an obvious statement of concern with the way that our contemporary religious practice is lukewarm, lacking in enthusiasm or zeal, and is often lacking in biblical knowledge and obedience. As is often the case, the author correctly diagnoses many problems but does not offer proper solutions. At least the book is full of quotes from the Bible and from others who are more articulate and polished as authors than he is, as well as intriguing but somewhat self-serving personal stories.

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