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Apostasy from the Gospel (Puritan Paperbacks: Treasures of John Owen for Today's Readers) Paperback – January 1, 1992
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Reading the abridged edition of this book (recommended) by R.J.K.
Law is quite helpful in sorting out the great Biblical truths that John Owen shares. Full of Scripture references and important definitions with distinctives allows this composition to be a crucial read in a church age when warnings and admonitions are tossed away as "legalism" or "just being too hard and lacking grace".
Owen's long first chapter, "The Nature And Causes Of Apostasy", reveals four great privileges that do not accompany salvation (Heb. 6:4-6): 1) spiritual illumination; 2) tasting the heavenly gift; 3) partakers of the Holy Spirit; 4) and tasting the good Word of God. This section reveals the important distinctions between the sincere/insincere (read William Gurnall, The Christian In Complete Armor - Book 2). The author (Owen) cogently states, "Many are partakers of Him in spiritual gifts who are never partakers of Him in His saving graces." The falling away refers to a persistent rebellion and disobedience to God and His Word, declares the author.
Owen further states that people have difficulties with the Gospel and even forsake it, because of a "rooted enmity in our minds to all spiritual things." (Rom. 8:7). Therefore, when evangelical truths are in Owen's words, "...pressed against the consciences of men...," this enmity rises in our hearts in rebellion and rejection against such truth.
The aim of Biblical truth is to get the eyes of men off of themselves and their own righteousness, "for present peace and future glory.Read more ›
Other good books I have find on this theme are The Truth War, John MacArthur which takes an historical as well as a modern view of the apostasies of our times. Also JC Ryle's 1800's classic "Warnings to the Churches". We often forget the many warnings our Lord gave against false teachers, doctrines, etc. they fill the whole of scripture. Our biggest discernment tool like JC Ryle once wrote is pure Bible study, diligence in searching Him in the Scriptures.
Many in the pulpits of today's churches claim all one must do is "Accept Jesus in their heart" which is NOT in the Bible any where. That "Doctrine is not there period no matter how hard they try and NO Revelations did not mean Jesus is standing at the door of your heart hoping you will let Him in. That was to a CHURCH not to YOU.
This book will share with you a DEEP inside look at the truth, your own salvation, and so much more.
I warn you, if you want to go on with your dreams of God being loving and loving you JUST AS YOU ARE, you better go read something from the guru Joel Osteen because this book is TRUTH not fiction.
If you are serious about your faith in Jesus Christ and want the truth even if it means you find out everything you think you know is a LIE, as did I many years ago as a minister, than this IS the book for you. ONLY THE TEACHABLE WILL GET ANYTHING OUT OF THIS. Those set in their fantasy will be angered only.
God bless I pray you see the truth in this book as so many have.
Pastor Ron Godwin
I would not recommend this kindle download if you are looking to read John Owen's "Apostasy from the Gospel" in any form.