From Publishers Weekly
Hate the sin but love the sinner is the gist of the paradox explored in this slender point-of-purchase book by minister Alcorn. The author of Deadline draws on his experiences of getting "proabortion" activists, unbelieving academics and his "resistant" father to see the light to argue that Christians must display grace-a spirit of humility, love and inclusion-while also insisting on the truth of Christian doctrine. Truth without grace, he asserts, yields a self-righteous Pharisaism, while grace without truth leads to "moral indifference" and a dilution of Christ's message. Alcorn writes in a contemporary idiom, likening grace and truth to a binary star system or the twin strands of the DNA double helix. But his is a traditional evangelical outlook that combines Biblical literalism, hell-fire and a deep acknowledgment of personal sin. Alcorn registers his fundamentalist views on such topics as relativism on campus, the fallacy of Darwinism and Oprah Winfrey's "have-it-your-way designer religion." But he also chides Christians for their holier-than-thou attitudes ("Jesus," he warrants, "would preach five sermons against self-righteous churches for every one against taverns") and compares himself with evil-doers ("I am Dahmer. I am Mao") in attesting to the fallen state of all humanity and their dependence on God's unmerited grace for salvation. Firm but forbearing, Alcorn's tract is a dose of old-time religion in a smooth modern formulation.
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"Randy Alcorn delivers his own work with a skill that sounds effortless. He discusses the differences between grace and truth, and why each is necessary to the other. Using modern stories to illustrate his points, he says that if Christians model Christlike behavior, their lives will reflect both truth and grace. Narrating with careful pacing and judicious timing, Alcorn states that grace is the cornerstone of salvation. The truth delivered without grace, he believes, leads to self-righteousness, and grace without truth breeds deception and moral compromise. A balance is needed. This is an audiobook to savor and to listen to time and time again."
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