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Chosen by God Paperback – September 21, 1994
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Predestination, says R. C. Sproul, isn’t just for Calvinists. It is for all biblical Christians. In this updated and expanded edition of Chosen by God, Sproul shows that the doctrine of predestination doesn’t create a whimsical or spiteful picture of God, but paints the portrait of a loving God who provides redemption for radically corrupt humans. There is mystery in God’s ways, but not contradiction.
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Dr. Sproul takes the classic acronym TULIP and expounds on each of its five major elements, actually suggesting alternate letters to comprise the acronym -- I think he ended up with something like RSLEP, which doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. Much of the book focuses on the critical need to understand the concept of human depravity and fallenness -- the "T" in TULIP. Once that doctrine is adequately communicated, the remaining four points follow almost of logical necessity. I personally love his nutshell summary of these great truths: "Some receive justice; others receive mercy. No one receives injustice."
Dr. Sproul is very thorough in defending the Calvinist model against all of the main criticisms and arguments leveled by Arminians. No stone is left unturned as he debunks each of these unbiblical myths. And he does it all in an extremely readable manner. The book is written for the layperson, and is very successful in speaking to its target audience without sounding like a dry dissertation.
When I finished this book, I was left with a new appreciation for just how marvelous God's grace is to us as sinful human beings. I was at the same time truly grateful and humbled that God would choose me of all people to enjoy his mercy, salvation and eternal blessings. In other words, Dr. Sproul provides a gift of perspective by articulating these wonderful doctrines clearly and in a way that hits the reader right where he lives.
This book is a "must read" for every Christian. Having a fuller understanding of these truths can only strengthen your walk with God.
I would recommend this book, therefore, only to those who are unacquainted with or uncertain of the doctrine of election. Those who are convinced of the doctrine or who, like myself, willingly admit that it is taught in scripture but find the contrived interpretations of Shank and Geisler to be of little use, should consider this book only as a supplement to another more scripturally-centered book such as Luther's Bondage of the Will.
Again, it is not that I feel this is a bad book. It is, in fact, an excellent book, but it is not what I was looking for. I needed a straight-forward exposition of the passages which speak of predestination--most notably Romans 9 and Ephesians 1. I had hoped that Dr. Sproul would use these passages to set forth the Reformed doctrine of predestination. He makes many good and logically accurate points, but I find that I cannot accept human logic apart from scripture. Interestingly, what I felt was Sproul's best point seems to conflict with the style of much of the rest of the book. It is found on page 12 in the middle of the autobiographical introduction.
"YOU ARE REQUIRED TO BELIEVE, TO PREACH, AND TO TEACH WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS IS TRUE, NOT WHAT YOU WANT THE BIBLE TO SAY IS TRUE." Amen, Dr. Sproul.
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Classic! Explains the Calvinist viewpoint very clearly and logically. It's detailed but not written in the language of someone with a Doctrine in Divinity. A must read!Published 10 days ago by Samantha Knight
This book is compelling because it is so thoroughly researched and documented by the Bible. It has changed my perspective, and caused me to examine my relationship with God much... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Delynn Siemsen
Loved it. Helped me understand the doctrine of predestination better!Published 2 months ago by Malcolm
Great read providing clarity to a very controversial topic within evangelical circles. I'm very appreciative of Dr. Sproul and his ministry.Published 2 months ago