How the Church Lost the Way



by Steve Maltz

ISBN: 978 0 9562296 0 1     Publisher: Saffron Planet. 190pp


STEVE MALTZ is a writer, tour guide, web consultant and is the founder of Saffron Planet, the award-winning Christian web radio initiative and Saltshakers, the web community. He is married with three sons and two freeloading cats and lives in East London.

Tackling the ‘uncomfortable truth’ for the Church, this book packs a heavyweight punch in a lightweight package. With great clarity and style the author explains how the Church has been strangled by its past and how the faith in Jesus Christ was infiltrated by pagan ideas from Greek philosophy that have remained to this day. This book exposes and explains how this affects our understanding of the Bible, God, Church and everything in-between. In this provocative, entertaining and encouraging book, we will explore our true roots and discover practical keys to move forwards.

The Market:
This book is an eye-opener and has already made huge impacts on churches and individuals all over the world. The book encourages its readers to re-evaluate how they "do Church". The cover design and title are purposely provocative and will appeal to those unafraid to go deeper into (probably) unexplored areas.



  • did the early Church split over a single Latin word?
  • is there a painting of Plato in the Vatican?
  • do we meet in Churches?
  • were the descendants of the apostles so hated?
  • are priests celibate?
  • is the Bible so misunderstood?
  • is the Western Church in decline?
  • so many questions?


In this engaging and entertaining book, the author is very clear about his agenda: "to restore the understanding of the Hebraic roots of Christianity that has been lost, since the early days of the Church"(p43). Equally clear is that in this book he has succeeded in making a considerable contribution towards what is an immense but vital task. Maltz's style is chatty, but not trite. He pulls no punches – he admits he may not just be upsetting the occasional sacred cow but disturbing the whole herd – but his aim is analysis, rather than attack. Certainly at every point he makes you think, and feel, and search for a proper response.

Paul Luckcraft, Prophecy Today (April 2016)

… this important book, which if the Christian world were to take to heart would change the face of the Church as we know it today … Julia Fisher, writer and broadcaster

I believe that every pastor and ordinand in the country will benefit from reading this book … Mark Weeden, Senior Pastor, Worthing Tabernacle

Read this book; enjoy thi learn the lessons of this book. They are profoundly important for the successful testimony of the true Church in these end days ... Chris Hill, international Bible teacher and broadcaster

I wish this stimulating little book had been around when I was beginning to study theology. But, as they say, “Better late than never”. ... Mike Moore, Director of Christian Witness to Israel

... a telling style of writing, with witty and colloqial quips which bring smiles to the reader ... whetting the appetite for more David Pawson, writer and international Bible teacher

I would also again want to share with you how much I liked your first book. It is difficult to believe someone who did not attend seminary or bible college could take academic material and recycle it for the consumption of ordinary Chrfistians. The Lord allowed you to do a truly fantastic job by His grace. I would recommend this book. It echoes things that I have been saying for ages Jacob Prasch, writer, broadcaster and founder of Moriel Ministries

It's an extremely important book, a valuable book for anyone to read. Ken Hancock, radio presenter of "Stained Glass Radio"

I highly recommend this book. John Pantry, breakfast show presenter for Premier Radio

He urges today’s Christians to ‘return to the very beginning, to the mindset and beliefs of Jesus and His disciples, the Hebrew roots of Christianity.’ Much food for thought in this book. I am glad I read it. The Good Book Stall

Steve Maltz takes us back to the roots of our Christian faith. He reminds us that Christians come from Hebrew stock and then explains how within the first century the church became infected with pagan thought and attitude. For many, the great Greek philosophers are only names but it was their ideas and methods that crept into Christian thinking as a pagan virus. Christian doctrine and practice has become tainted and Christians have become increasingly isolated from their Hebrew origins. Learning to think as the Christians of the first century thought is more than an academic exercise, it is the abiding challenge to walk in the way of Jesus. Whilst written in a distinctive style, readers will be rewarded by the insights this book affords. Christian Marketplace (March 2010)

HOW THE CHURCH LOST THE WAY by Steve Maltz is a wonderful book that helps to explain the history of the Christian church. He takes you back to the days where Jesus walked the earth and shortly after his ascending to heaven. Here we find what happened to the church and why it is not the church described in the Book of Acts. A word of warning though as when you read this book you will never see things the same again. Steve connects the dots between the Jews and the Gentiles and gives us some creative ideas on how to get the "church" back on track. This would be an excellent study aid for small group studies and lively discussions. (April 2011) 


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