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James R. White
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May 1, 2007 0764204815 978-0764204814
A Comprehensive Study of the Doctrine of Justification



The history of the Christian church pivots on the doctrine of justification by faith. Once the core of the Reformation, the church today often ignores or misunderstands this foundational doctrine. Theologian James White calls believers to a fresh appreciation of, understand of, and dedication to the great doctrine of justification and then provides an exegesis of the key Scripture texts on this theme.

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Justification
The Heart of the Gospel

In today's culture where tolerance is the new absolute, James White proclaims with passion the truth and centrality of the doctrine of justification by faith.

"Finally--a contemporary, exegetical, doctrinal, and able defense of the historic Protestant doctrine of justification by God's free grace by faith in Jesus Christ alone. This is the best book on justification since James Buchanan's mid-nineteenth-century classic. We need to teach this material to uor congregations."
--Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

"I lost sleep over this book! I simply couldn't put it down. James White writes the way an exegetically and theologically oriented pastor appreciates. This is no book for casual reading; there is solid meat throughout. An outstanding contribution in every sense of the words!"
--Dr. Jay E. Adams, Author, Competent to Counsel and Godliness Through Discipline

Once the core of the Reformation, the church today often ignores or misunderstands this foundational doctrine. White calls believers to a fresh appreciation of, understanding of, and dedication to the great doctrine of justification and then provides an exegesis of the key Scripture texts on this theme.

About the Author

James R. White is the author of several acclaimed books, including The God Who Justifies and The Forgotten Trinity. The director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, he is an accomplished debater of Muslim apologists and an elder of the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church. He and his family live in Phoenix, Arizona. Visit www.aomin.org

Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764204815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764204814
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Presentation of the Gospel April 19, 2005
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For those who want to understand the historic Protestant (and Biblical) understanding of justification this book should be the first place to start. White does an excellent job presenting the Gospel in its purity and wholeness without compromise. The structure of the book is well organized and easy to follow through. The first half of the book (pp. 17-123) deals with important themes related to the concept of justification. This includes topics like man's total depravity, sin, transgression, the meaning of justification, the reason for justification by faith alone, the grounds for our justification, and imputation of righteousness. The second half (pp. 125-374) is an exegetical defense of the historic Protestant understanding of justification. White goes over passages in Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, James, 2 Corinthians, and Titus. He makes a convincing and exegetically sound argument for the historic Protestant view of justification by faith alone. Though White gets very technical and detailed in his exegesis of these passages, even a layperson will have no trouble understanding what White is saying. Particularly valuable is his exegesis of James 2:14-26. Roman Catholics and pseudo-Protestants have often used this passage to attack the traditional Protestant understanding of justification by faith alone. However, White does an excellent job explaining what James REALLY meant to say in this passage (e.g., true faith is demonstrated before men by actions). This book is refreshing considering that in recent years the doctrine of justification by faith alone has not only been attacked by Roman Catholics, but also by those who claim to be evangelical Protestants! Yes, pseudo-Protestants are everywhere these days. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Expounding on the Doctrine of Justification August 5, 2005
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Dr. James White in "The God who Justifies" expounds on the doctrine of Justification like a true theologian can, but preaches like a preacher should. This book is not for the theologically shallow and uses alot of Greek. For the well informed lay Christian, even with out the knowledge of Greek can still benifit greatly.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Martin Luther described the doctrine of justification - the topic of this book - as the article of faith that determines whether the church is standing or falling. Speaking of Luther, James Buchanan writes, "By this he meant that when this doctrine is understood, believed, and preached, as it was in New Testament times, the church stands in the grace of God and is alive; but where it is neglected, overlaid, or denied, as it was in medieval Catholicism, the church falls from grace and its life drains away, leaving it in a state of darkness and death" (14).

Justification, properly (and here briefly) defined teaches that God, solely out of sovereign mercy and grace, declares repentant sinners righteous on the basis of the perfect righteousness and subtitutionary death of Jesus Christ alone. This gift of justifcation is accessed by the believer through faith alone and is wholly apart from any works. Faith itself is not a work, nor does it contain any merit - rather, faith is merely the empty hands of the sinner laying hold of the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ - a righteousness that matches God's perfect standard of righteousness because it is, in reality, God's righteousness.

White, in his weighty, passionate, thorough, and nourishing treatment of justification, examines the historical and contemporary significance of a proper and highly nuanced understanding of the doctrine, and provides the exegetical basis for it from key texts like Romans 1-3:18, 3:19-31; 4:1-5:1 and 8:28-34. In the latter portion of the book, White also deals with problems raised in the book of James where some contend that Paul is contradicted by James' statement that Abraham was justified by works (James 2:14-26).
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent study on justification September 9, 2001
Format:Hardcover
The God who justifies, by James White, is an excellent study on the doctrine of justification.

Really, the book can be divided into two main sections. The first section (which is about a third of the book) preaches the doctrine of justification. I found it powerful and convicting. He emphasized over and over again that this doctrine cannot be appreciated unless it is set against the backdrop of our sinfulness and God's absolute holiness. He is right.
The second section is a defense of what he preached. It is an exegetical commentary of the most relevant sections in Scripture (Romans, Galatians, James, etc.) pertaining to the topic at hand. He does an excellent job doing just that. It is not discursive and it is not shallow. Rather, it is focused and scholarly. And I appreciated the frequent quoting and interaction with various theologians.
I think that Roman Catholic readers will be challenged by this work. And because Dr. White is such a well known apologist against Roman Catholicism one can expect this book to be the focus of some debate. I think his format and approach will lend itself towards constructive dialogue, in that Dr. White does not resort to emotional outbursts nor unguarded statements. Also, the tone that has been set is good in that it encourages rigorous study of the Word of God and not counter rebuttals to what someone else has said in previous pieces of literature. You don't get bogged down.

One complaint that I want to register here is his failure to discuss the relationship between being justified by God and the function of warning passages. How is it that a justified saint can be told to continue in the faith or else face condemnation- or face the potentiality for condemnation at all (1 Cor. 11:32)? This issue is not discussed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
Without a doubt, the best book I have read on the topic of justification. Extremely thorough, yet easy to read. Well laid out in content and format. Read more
Published 10 months ago by F. Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Kevin Failoni
James White has done his homework and has an incredible grasp of the scripture.. This work drives a stake in the Roman false doctrine of adding anything to faith to be justified. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Truth seeker
5.0 out of 5 stars This rock-solid defense of Justification should end all "New...
Simply put, Dr. James White is an exegetical scholar par-excellence. For any of you out there who may have been "rattled" by the so-called "New-Perspective on Paul" and are longing... Read more
Published on February 24, 2012 by Dr. Clapsaddle
4.0 out of 5 stars Standard James White scholarship and beyond!
A helpful comprehensive study. Includes Greek exegesis on important points. Good suggestions for further study on sections covered in the text. A great resource.
Published on June 14, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb work that explains and defends the heart of the gospel
The God Who Justifies isn't fluffy as so many theological works today are. Dr. White gets straight to the issues and in an expect fashion, defends this precious doctrine of... Read more
Published on August 9, 2010 by Malachi
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on the doctrine of justification in print
This is easily the best book on the subject available. In "The God Who Justifies," James White spends hundreds of pages exegeting the key texts which actually deal with the... Read more
Published on July 28, 2009 by M. Felker
5.0 out of 5 stars Serious scholarly exegesis
The first half of this book is a thorough discussion of the doctrine of justification. The second half goes into even more depth via a verse by verse exegesis of Romans. Read more
Published on April 19, 2008 by Jonathan D. Parker
3.0 out of 5 stars The God Who Justifies
We are using this book for our church's Men's Theology class. The first part of the book is very interesting and thorough. Great treatment of the subject. Read more
Published on February 11, 2008 by Robert E. Bland
5.0 out of 5 stars James R White is Tough!
I am constantly amazed at White exegetical prowess. This volume is quite scholarly. His approach to the doctrine of justification is significant. Read more
Published on March 22, 2007 by revtcr
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterful Exposition of Justification by Faith Alone
~The God Who Justifies: The Doctrine of Justification~ is a brilliant and erudite defense of the doctrine of justification by faith alone. Read more
Published on February 18, 2005 by R. Setliff
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