Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 101:401 (Jan 1944)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

It Is Time. By Vance Havner. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 96 pp. $1.25.

This is another of Vance Havner’s so interesting books. As in other volumes there is a rare wisdom, insight, and power which is couched in terms which captivate. This volume is the best. It is commended to all lovers of truth who are also able to appreciate rare ability in diction. The publisher’s own word as quoted from the author is sufficient: “Is the world growing better or worse? It is growing both better and worse. The wheat and the tares both are growing until harvest. Real Christians are turning back to their Bibles, drawing nearer to God, separating from evil, witnessing to Christ. There is the sound of a going in the mulberry trees. Bible schools, Bible conferences, radio preachers, youth movements, laymen’s movements, all are a sign that the Spirit of God is stirring among the saints. God is in the sifting business these days. He is drawing unto Himself out of all the churches those Christians who mean business with Him and separating them from the great mass of Sunday-morning churchgoers who have never caught on to what it is all about.

“The issue is between two different viewpoints of the plan and purpose of God through the ages. It boils down to this: Will the preaching of the Gospel and the work of the churches gradually win this world to Christ, until evil is mastered by righteousness and the devil is put out of business? Or will the world steadily grow worse while God calls out a people to Himself, until Christ returns personally and suddenly to rule and reign?”

President Lewis Sperry Chafer

The Varieties of New Testament Religion. By Ernest F. Scott. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. 310 pp. $2.75.

In this volume a writer with keen imagination has enlarged upon what may be construed as an evidence of diversity of thought in the early church. The title of the book

well intimates its purpose and the reader will soon be aware of the fact that the writer has given very much attention to these what he feels are more or less conflicting ideas. It may be conceded that early Christians as more recent Christians have different viewpoints; but the revelation God has given is clear and without conflicting ideas when rightly interpreted. The unity of the New Testament testimony needs recognition far more than the diversity of human opinion about it. As a study in a restricted viewpoint, this book is of real value. It would be far more useful had the author evinced a knowledge of the great unifying doctrines of the New Testament.

President Lewis Sperry Chafer


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