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The Law of Perfect Freedom: Relating to God and Others through the Ten Commandments [Kindle Edition]

Michael Horton , J Packer
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Book Description

The Ten Commandments are not Moses' bright ideas or simply God's suggestions;
they are God's categorical requirements. In The Law of Perfect Freedom, Michael
Horton weaves theological truth with practical application to help believers live
out the Ten Commandments. Understanding how to live out these commandments brings
vitality and victory to our walk with God.

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  • File Size: 829 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers (January 1, 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CJ943O
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5.0 out of 5 stars God's Law Defines His Holiness February 25, 2008
Any manifestation of God's grace, even His law, is a gift (James 1:17).

A decade ago Michael Horton emphatically stated: 'That is why, throughout this book we will make a conscious effort to see these commandments not merely as stones to throw at secular society, but as a witness to our unfaithful record at the end of the 20th century.' Horton starts out by immediately directing our attention to important distinctions that have now become blurred, e.g. God's revealed will and God's secret will; the sustainability of the moral (God's) law and the passing of the Jewish ceremonial and civil law; the confusion between the gospel and civil 'righteousness', as set forth by J Gresham Machen a century ago; and the false dichotomy created repeatedly between the Spirit and the Word, as if they had competing agendas. 'Only the Spirit can take those dead in trespasses and sins (Eph 2:1) and make them alive. And once one is made alive, he or she is able to respond positively and affectionately to the law of God for the first time.' p 26

Throughout the Bible sin and its consequences are depicted in uncompromising terms. Israel's failure to walk before God alone and forsake her unfaithful ways brought God remorse. 'We cannot be expected to put God at the centre of our existence if He is not at the center of our theological system.' p 76 Yet that is precisely what happened. "There is no hesed (covenant loyalty), no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land." Hosea 4:1 Horton recounts the enormity of the consequences this had on Israel as a nation, as divine judgment followed.

Though they were a people under the law, Israel was still expected to maintain the spiritual relation presupposed by the patriarchs in the covenant of grace.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, except for 4th commandment July 11, 2011
By Ben W
I liked this book, it really went after the heart attitudes & what is positively required by the commandments, not just forbidden. It was like a huge expansion on the Shorter Catechism. Unfortunately, he believes in the 9 commandments, greatly weakening this book (Lord's Day).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best I have found May 10, 2012
By Luke B.
Though I didn't agree with everything he wrote; I did find his applications pointed, interpretation to be in depth, and the book very well written. I ordered other books dealing with the Decalog and believe this to be far and away the best. For the pastor preaching through Ex 20 this book is a great resource.
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Very easy to read, deep in its teaching, not a list of dont's but rather thorough exposition of Ex 20.
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More About the Author

Michael S. Horton

White Horse Inn, President
White Horse Inn Radio Show, Co-Host
Editor-in-Chief, Modern Reformation Magazine
J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California

B.A., Biola University; M.A., Westminster Seminary California; Ph.D., University of Coventry and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.

Michael Horton is the president of White Horse Inn, a multi-media catalyst for Reformation. He is editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine ( and co-host of the nationally syndicated White Horse Inn radio broadcast ( Michael Horton is also the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California. Before coming to WSC, Michael Horton completed a Research Fellowship at Yale University Divinity School. A member of various societies, including the American Academy of Religion and the Evangelical Theological Society, Michael Horton is the author/editor of twenty books, including a series of studies in Reformed dogmatics published by Westminster John Knox, whose final volume (_People and Place: A Covenant Ecclesiology_) was published in 2008 which won the 2008 Christianity Today Book of the Year award in Theology.

His most recent books are _The Gospel-Driven Life_, _Christless Christianity_ and _People and Place: A Covenant Ecclesiology_. He has written articles for _Modern Reformation_, _Pro Ecclesia_, _Christianity Today_, _The International Journal of Systematic Theology_, _Touchstone_, and _Books and Culture_.

Michael Horton is associate pastor of Christ United Reformed Church in Santee, California, and lives in Escondido, with his wife, Lisa, and four children.

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