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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801072638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801072635
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Is Jesus still the only way?

If the church was ever too confrontational in its evangelism, those days are gone. In our shrinking, pluralistic world, the belief that Jesus is the only way of salvation is increasingly called arrogant and even hateful. In the face of this criticism, many shrink back from affirming the global necessity of knowing and believing in Jesus.

In Jesus: The Only Way to God--Must You Hear the Gospel to Be Saved? John Piper offers a timely plea for the evangelical church to consider what is at stake in surrendering the unique, universal place of Jesus in salvation. If you're concerned about the current state of evangelism--and the church--this book is a must-read.

John Piper (DrTheol, University of Munich) is the pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he has served since 1980. He is the author of more than forty books (including Desiring God, The Pleasures of God, and Let the Nations Be Glad!), and thirty years of his preaching and teaching is available at www.DesiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and an increasing number of grandchildren.

About the Author

John Piper (DrTheol, University of Munich) is the pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he has served since 1980. He is the author of more than forty books, including Desiring God, The Pleasures of God, and Let the Nations Be Glad!, and thirty years of his preaching and teaching is available at www.DesiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and an increasing number of grandchildren.

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John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem. John is the author of more than 50 books and more than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at desiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and twelve grandchildren.

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I highly recommend this book for anyone thinking about evangelism.
james street
Overall, great job John Piper on writing another sound book that clearly answers questions that the church of the now generation need to know where they stand.
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This book is written in an understandable, yet definitely theological style.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Seeking Disciple VINE VOICE on July 30, 2010
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The subtitle to this book says it all, "Must you hear the gospel to be saved?" In this short book (123 pages) John Piper seeks to answer that question and he seeks to build a defense for the traditional Christian view that one must hear the gospel and believe in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins or there is no salvation. Piper's main complaints are against those within Christianity who recently have been advocating an inclusive gospel view that, according to D.A. Carson, means "the view that all who are saved are saved on account of the person and work of Jesus Christ, but that conscious faith in Jesus Christ is not absolutely necessary: some may be saved by him who have never heard of him, for they may respond positively to the light they have received."

It with this inclusive view of the gospel that Piper takes his aim and fires. His main concern (as my own) is that missionary activities are diminished when the gospel is seen as unnecessary for eternal life. If personal faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of sins is not based on belief in the gospel about Jesus then missionary work will greatly decrease. Like Piper, I believe that God's glory is revealed in the gospel of His Son and that it is only in His Son that we are saved and one must hear the gospel of Jesus to be saved (Romans 10:14-17).

I believe that Piper does a good job of presenting a strong biblical and orthodox view of the exclusive nature of the gospel in just 123 pages. He begins by covering the doctrine of eternal torment in an eternal hell. Piper points out that while this teaching on hell has become ignored in our times, the Bible has much to say about hell. And if we are willing, hell must exist due to the nature of sin and the nature of God's infinite holiness.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By O. Brown HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 31, 2010
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In this short but deep and profound book, author John Piper proclaims Jesus as the only way of salvation. He discusses alternative popular beliefs among Christians: (1) Universalism--the belief that everyone will be saved eventually and that hell (if it exists) will lead to repentance and salvation; (2) Annihilationism--the belief that at death, if one is not saved, one just ceases to exist and experiences no torment or punishment instead of an eternity of suffering into hell; (3) Pluralism--the belief that many different religions can lead to God; and (4) Inclusivism--the belief that Jesus died to save everyone, and even those who have never heard of Him will be saved.

This book is written in an understandable, yet definitely theological style. It is not light reading, and although it is short, it took me a while to get through it (far more than the short hour I'd planned). Yet it is definitely worth the work. The writing seemed to me to be clear and brilliant, and the author's arguments--all taken from Scripture--were very convicting. It was powerful, challenging, and made me think.

In the book, John Piper thoroughly answers these three questions: (1) Will anyone experience eternal, conscious torment under God's wrath?, (2) Is the work of Jesus necessary for salvation?, and (3) Is conscious faith in Jesus necessary for salvation. He uses the Bible to defend all of his positions, which are "yes" answers to all three questions.

This an important book for Christians or highly interested non-Christians. I would not see this as an evangelistic text except for someone exceptionally familiar with theology and the Bible. I see it as a mandatory read for anyone concerned about the state of the church, orthodoxy, and evangelism.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Noah Hutchison on October 21, 2010
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"The question for the church in every generation is: Will we submit gladly to the Scriptures? Will we devote ourselves to understanding them truly, valuing them supremely (under God himself), applying them properly, obeying them wholeheartedly, and speaking them courageously and publicly? In every age, some things in the Bible fit nicely into the spirit of the times and are not controversial. They may even win you some popularity. But in every age, there are other things in the Bible - important things - that do not fit the spirit of the times, and speaking them will be criticized or even persecuted."
- John Piper, Jesus: The Only Way to God, p. 117 -

I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing John Piper's new book. This book deserves four stars because it articulates clear biblical truths all Christians need to know by answering the following three questions:

Will anyone experience eternal, conscious torment under God's wrath?
Is the work of Jesus necessary for salvation?
Is conscious faith in Jesus necessary for salvation?
John Piper divides the book's chapters up with each of the above questions. He uses scripture and various illustrations to answer yes to all three. One thing any reader will appreciate about this book is that it is only 123 pages. However, while short, Piper was not hindered in answering each question.

Personally, I loved the amount of scripture and referencing of other individuals Piper uses to solidify each and every argument. With over 60 footnotes I would say he has done a thorough job. Also, he lets the reader see a common thread of our call to fulfill the Great Commission in this book. He notes that much is at stake if we as the Christian community begin to doubt John 14:6 which says, "Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.
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