Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
JOTGES 18:35 (Autumn 2005) p. 89
By the Members of the Grace Evangelical Society
The Passion of Jesus Christ. By John Piper. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2004. 125 pp. Paper. $7.99.
This is a short book containing 50 chapters (most are 2 pages or less) explaining 50 reasons why Jesus suffered and died. This is good theology and very practical.
There are, of course, places where the author’s Lordship theology comes through. For example, the title of Chapter 14 is “To Bring Us to Faith and Keep Us Faithful.” In that chapter he says, “The miracle is not only the creation of our faith, but the securing of our faithfulness…He will keep them. They will persevere. The blood of the covenant guarantees it” (p. 47). Similarly in Chapter 30 he writes, “The believer is dead to sin, no longer dominated by her attractions. Sin, the prostitute who killed my friend, has no appeal” (p. 79). While the author doesn’t press the point, if what he is saying is true, then our assurance is linked to our works. For if anyone finds sin appealing, he surely would be right to believe he was not regenerate if sin holds no appeal for the believer. Plus if one doubts he is being faithful in his service for Christ, he would reasonably doubt he was born again if the blood of Christ guarantees the faithfulness of all who are justified.
In spite of a few places like those, this is a good book worth having. I recommend it.
Robert N. Wilkin
Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society
JOTGES 18:35 (Autumn 2005) p. 90
Can it Be True? A Personal Pilgrimage through Faith and Doubt. By Michael Wakely. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publishing, 2002. 224 pp. Paper. $11.99.
The presently popular evangelical (in the most liberal sense of the word) postmodernist, Brian McClaren suggests in his writings that doubt serves as a Christian virtue. While he believes that doubt that is out of control can lead to unbelief, when in the proper balance, it is “our Geiger counter for error.” What essentially occurs is that faith changes from objective to humanistic. No longer does our assurance rest completely in the objective promise of God’s Word but partially in our own subjective emotions and feelings. This thinking is becoming increasingly common.
Michael Wakely shows a similar line of thought in his book, Can it Be True? In the introduction, Wakely orients the reader to the book’s subject: “This is a book about faith—to be specific, the Christian faith—not a book of doctrine and dogma, as many such books might be. What I have written is the product of a personal pilgrimage...in my experience, fa...
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