Christian book seller, LifeWay, carries books by false teacher Beth Moore, Word of Faith prosperity preachers, anti-trinitarians, New Agers, Roman Catholics, those who allege they’ve gone to heaven and returned to tell about it, “gay Christian” activists, and the controversial The Message “bible” written by apostate Eugene Peterson. The retailer announced that all its stores will be closing. Reformation Charlotte has the story:
LifeWay Christian Stores is the retail chain of the Southern Baptist Convention under the direction of Thom Rainer who has been under fire for many years for peddling heresy to Christians for cash. Previously, LifeWay announced that they would be closing “a number of stores” in a letter sent out to employees in January due to “accelerated rate of erosion.” Today, LifeWay announced that they would be closing all stores.
Christianity Today reports,
“The decision to close our local stores is a difficult one,” said acting president and CEO Brad Waggoner, who is succeeding longtime LifeWay president Thom Rainer.
“LifeWay has developed close connections with the communities where our stores are located, and we have been honored to serve those communities. We will continue serving local congregations as they meet the spiritual needs of their neighbors.”
LifeWay produces a number of curriculum and training products for Southern Baptist churches including The Gospel Project, a curriculum for Sunday School classes. However, LifeWay also sold books by nefarious authors and outright heretics. Some of the highly problematic materials the chain carried in stores over the years were T.D. Jakes, a non-Trinitarian heretic, Sara Young’s Jesus Calling, and various “heaven tourism” books — one of which the story was recanted.