Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
JOTGES 4:1 (Spring 91) p. 65
The Grace Awakening. By Charles R. Swindon. Dallas: Word Publishing, 1990. 311 pp. Cloth, $15.99.
One of the primary frustrations of the Free Grace Movement has been the popularization of Lordship Salvation over the past decade. Though many high-profile evangelical leaders have voiced their personal concerns privately, none has been willing to risk alienating his audience by standing up for the pure Gospel of Grace. Until now.
Charles Swindon has stepped forward in his newest book, The Grace Awakening, with a bold presentation of the uncomplicated and uncompromised grace of God and a call to the glorious freedom this grace offers to every believer. This is not the usual plea for dialogue and understanding which fails to confront the real issues. At the outset Swindon refuses to treat grace as simply another “theological football kicked from one end of the field to the other” (p. 4). This is a hard-hitting expose of the “grace killers” among us and a compelling argument to break away from their legalistic chains. “Enough of this,” he cries. “It’s time for grace to be awakened and released, not denied … to be enjoyed and freely given, not debated” (p. 4).
The following is an overview of Swindon’s presentation of the grace which awakens freedom in Christ.
Chapters 1–4 rightly concentrate on the primary problem-a heretical “gospel,” which is not really good news. Weaving support from Romans 4, 5, and 6 into his definition of the Gospel, Swindon concludes that God gives the free gift of salvation to all who believe in His Son (p. 26). Discerning readers will be delighted by his simple and straightforward definitions and clarifications: Grace is “absolutely and totally free … grace comes to us free and clear, no strings attached. We should not even try to repay it; to do so is insulting [to God]” (p. 9). Justification is “the sovereign act of God whereby He declares righteous the believing sinner-while he is still in a sinning state” (p. 24). And repentance is “a change of mind toward Christ” (p. 42). Swindon clearly distinguishes justification (“… [having] simply taken the gift of eternal life”) from sanctification (“… the process of growth toward maturity,” p. 42). And he states the doctrine of eternal security in unqualified terms: “When we do the things we should not, He may administer discipline,
JOTGES 4:1 (Spring 91) p. 66
sometimes quite severely, but He never turns His back … He doesn’t send His child to hell! Neither do we fall from grace and get ...
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