Raising the Alarm over False Conversion

Clinging to False Hope

Christian - Non-Fiction
100 Pages
Reviewed on 06/17/2013
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Author Biography

In his younger days the author was a free thinker. In the late1980’s, the Lord planted the seed of faith [word of God] in his heart in an evangelical service. At around the same time he came to
believe in the existence of God through an experience he had when his mother was critically ill. About 15 years later and at the lowest point of his life while he was crushed in spirit, God called the
author to salvation in the evening of 7th December 2003. He subsequently became a member of the Wesley Methodist Church in Singapore, and has been attending the Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) classes since August 2005.
In the beginning of his Christian life, the author assumed that every professing believer was a true convert. Later on it was from the late Bishop J. C. Ryle’s paper, “Having the Spirit,” he learned that
there was such thing as “not having the Spirit.” This implied that there were professing Christians who had not been born again. Since then the author has developed a keen interest in the topic of
false conversion, and the idea of writing a book ensued. Throughout the writing project the author was working under
inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Otherwise it would be an impossible task for a layman like him.
Base on the revealed truths in the Bible, his research and interactions with other Christians, the author is fully convinced that multitudes of professing Christians have been deceived into believing they are the true converts. Unless someone raises .........

    Book Review

Reviewed by Danita Dyess for Readers' Favorite

Alfred Chong, author of “Raising the Alarm over False Conversion”, is a man on a mission to save countless false converts - Christians who professed to be filled with the holy spirit but who are not actually true converts. So, they are not born again and are destined to eternal damnation. Matthew 25:46 says “Unless a carnal man receives a salvation during his lifetime or before the Lord Jesus returns, he will end up in eternal misery.” Chong helps us see the hidden, dangerous situations that are present in our churches, e.g. lack of strong spiritual leadership, strife within the church, false teachings, etc. But there is hope. True believers can learn to distinguish a real conversion and take action to educate themselves about God’s ways of dealing with salvation.

The cover design is graphic and explicitly captures the book’s message. The 100-page guide for spiritual salvation is fast-paced, comprehensive and succinct. The author patiently and expertly discusses the subject in layman’s terms. The flow charts, format and explanation of terms helped convey key concepts. Alfred Chong’s steadfast dedication to Christian teaching is evident. Predictably, some readers may find his work controversial and heretical. Previously, he was a free thinker. However, the author was called to salvation in 2003. Chong is a member of the Wesley Methodist Church located in Singapore. “Raising the Alarm over False Conversion” is highly recommended to anyone interested in deepening their understanding of the Bible.

Michael McManus

In his book “Raising the Alarm Over False Conversion” Alfred Chong first defines the state of a true conversion, mapping out the nine sub-activities that must occur in a prescribed sequence for the conversion of a natural man to a true believer to take place. He goes on to describe the six elements that preceded the conversion (salvation) and follow the conversion in their own sequences. Once he has defined the true conversion, he then describes the many ways that people are tricked or manipulated into believing they have been converted and saved, when they have been misled and are doomed to an eternity that eventually confronts them with the fires of hell. Mr. Chong goes into great detail and repeatedly warns that the practices of the modern churches, those who preach false doctrines and rush people toward false conversions, are a danger to Christianity, because they are being led by the devil’s wishes, not by God’s. In the end, however, the author offers hope and suggestions to those who are not true converts as to how, through God’s mercy, they can seek a true salvation from their sin.

For readers who are interested in expanding their understanding of what true believers perceive about how God deals with mankind, you will find plenty of material over which to ponder, all of it linked back to scripture. Alfred Chong presents his premise well, although the approach he has taken makes his explanations somewhat repetitive, defining one unfamiliar term with one that he later defines with yet another unfamiliar term.

Mary DeKok Blowers

"Raising the Alarm Over False Conversion: Clinging to False Hope", by Alfred Chong, is a unique description of the author’s view of Christian salvation. His belief is that many people around the world, even those who call themselves Christians and think they are saved, are living a life of delusion and are in reality doomed to eternal separation from God! He discusses grace as the means of salvation, but then lays out many false beliefs that lead people to imagine that they are in God’s good graces. In fact, he describes a specific means of salvation involving being first chosen by God. Chong believes one cannot come to Christ unless he is one of those chosen. Even more frightening, this book gives detailed characteristics of false gospels and false churches, casting doubt on such things as entertainment in church and misinterpretations of various Bible teachings. Many, many Scriptures are cited lending credence to this book.

I found "Raising the Alarm Over False Conversion" fascinating because I am a Bible reader and believer. Alfred Chong has cast an entirely new light on the means of salvation with the best intention of preventing false hope. It has changed my thinking as I encounter various beliefs, churches, and people in my own life. It is true that there are many conflicting beliefs in the world, all claiming to be the true religion, or more frighteningly, that any way to God is valid. I do personally believe that a person can choose salvation apart from the specific choosing and direction of God, but Chong gives very specific rationale for this theory and it gave me a lot to think about.

Scott Albert

This nonfiction text, written by Alfred Chong, is an argument that forces Christians to re-examine their beliefs. While he does make certain assumptions about the reading level of his audience by writing lines like, “. . . very important exhortation for the global Christian community. Millions of professing Christians have been misled and are unknowingly living under the delusion of false conversion”, which can come off as a little high-brow to some, in this reader’s opinion, the message is not lost amongst the lofty verbiage. The author introduces concepts and states that many Christians have been living under a “false conversion” which makes me wonder why he hasn't chosen a vocabulary more aptly targeted to a wider audience.

Overall, I found that Chong makes a sound argument, stating a number of scriptural references as evidence for his claims. This text will get readers to ask themselves some very probing questions while taking a look at what the church has done to its own detriment. Chong states that Christians who fail to act, or who simply turn a blind-eye to the situation he outlines in his book, are adding to the already out of control situation. His definition of the two forms of conversion, the true and the false, seem to reach out to those who have felt this change in their faith and want to do something about it. His book is formatted well and is visually and mentally engaging. A must read for anyone who senses the importance of hearing and understanding the true meaning of the Gospel.