The Gospel of Self



"When a former right-hand man of Pat Robertson and one of the key players of the religious right tells you what he really thinks, you'd better listen. I'm grateful for Terry Heaton's courageous new book, The Gospel of Self: How Jesus Joined the GOP. It could not be more timely."
—Brian McLaren, author, The Great Spiritual Migration

"Heaton’s stories of his involvement with Pat Robertson and The 700 Club, as well as other fascinating stories, pepper his incredibly deep and insightful analysis of contemporary Christianity in the West. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a thorough exposition of the state of Christianity, theology, and the Church today." —David Hayward, The Naked Pastor and Questions Are The Answer

"In this masterful apologetic, Terry Heaton has skillfully analyzed the trend of modern Christian politics from a self-incriminating perspective as the former executive producer of the Christian Broadcast Network’s flagship program, The 700 Club with Pat Robertson. ...The Gospel of Self is a must-read for anyone grappling with the great taboos of polite society—the corruption of politics and religion" —Danuta Pfeiffer, author, Chiseled, A Memoir of Identity, Duplicity and Divine Wine and former co-host, The 700 Club

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The bitter political and religious divides we see today in America have roots that go back many decades. The televangelist Pat Robertson was one of the first to determine how battlelines were drawn. Robertson, now a leading and unflinching Trump supporter, rose to national prominence in the 1960s with his Christian Broadcasting Network and his hit show The 700 Club.

Terry Heaton, who worked alongside Robertson at The 700 Club and became its executive producer, provides the inside story of how evangelical Christianity forced itself on a needy Republican Party in order to gain political influence on a global level. Using deliberate and strategic social engineering, The 700 Club moved Christians steadily into the Republican Party–and moved the party itself to the right.

With a gospel message that appealed to self-interest, The 700 Club violated numerous laws in an attempt to create a Shadow Government of Evangelicals, all in the name of doing God’s work on earth. The results of this longterm campaign were fully on display in the 2016 electoral season.

222 pages • Paperback ISBN 978-1-682190-83-8 • E-book 978-1-682190-84-5

About the Author

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Terry Heaton is a former executive producer of the Christian television news show The 700 Club, where he assisted Pat Robertson in his run for President in 1988, and where he was in a unique position to observe and participate in the development of the Christian right. A media theorist, he is the author of Reinventing Local Media and has written for media news websites and media companies throughout the United States. Heaton plays guitar and five-string banjo and is a bluegrass music aficionado. He lives in Madison, Alabama.

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