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Informed - Destructive Interpretations of Scripture

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Informed is intended to help thoughtful readers of the Bible in their efforts to distinguish between biblical and man-made teachings about God and his Word (Colossians 2:8). Many popular teachings are just tangles of opinion lead to a compromised Christian lifestyle, diluting the gospel's intended impact on the world around us. Others skew the gospel message or confuse to the point of wanting to give up.

As with the labyrinth of ancient mythology, finding our way can be confusing. Douglas Jacoby and Joseph Harris tackle the most common distortions and misunderstood teachings of the Bible. 
  • Clergy & Laity - The Most Common False Construct
  • Health & Wealth- The Gospel of Materialism
  • Signs & Wonders- History and Hysteria
  • Fear & Fascination - Futile Speculation
  • Rapture & Tribulation - Exiting Earth?
  • Predestination & Perseverance - God's Good Pleasure?
  • Sex & Pleasure - The Pursuit of Happiness
  • Heaven & Hell - Instant Rewards?
  • Zion & Palestine - Israel and the Church
  • Visions & Dreams - It's All About Me
  • Bow & Pray - The New-Fangled Doctrine of 1835
  • Gospel Plus - When Guidelines Undermine Scripture

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Malcolm Cox
Challenging assumptions

This is one of those books you want to keep on your bookshelf so you can come back to it and reference topics when you or someone you know has a question. It's also one of those books you want to give people and point people to when they have their own questions.
The book is punchy, clear and contains enough information to give a well–rounded picture of an issue without going into extraneous detail.
As Lamb points out, "we come to a text informed by a tradition of reading and interpretation. All of this informs and shapes our own reading and interpretation." (Lamb, William R S. Scripture: A Guide for the Perplexed. Bloomsbury Publishing) We are already informed and shaped by our background, our culture and our context in general. Occasionally we need authors like Douglas and Joey who can show us where we might be unintentionally misinformed.
I published a podcast ( and Youtube review of the book ( back in 2019. You can find more of my thoughts there.

Geordan Bennie

This book equipped me to think through common unhealthy teachings, and how to address issues Biblically and with reason.

Colby Soule

Whether you have experienced abuse or conflict from the misuse of scripture or not, Informed provides a healthy view of scripture among these often misunderstood topics.

Gary Adams
Very Useful Little Book

I am grateful for this resource written by Douglas and Joseph. Each chapter is concise and address many destructive umbilical teachings. A great resource for any biblical truth seeker. This book helps followers of Jesus have conviction about how important sound doctrine is in our abilities to persuade other truth seekers. Thanks for writing this very useful little book.

Get it correct

The outstanding principle I was able to glean was the importance of reading the word with the correct context. Too much of my past learning was incorrect because I was not like a Berean. We get lazy and don’t do our homework.