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What Love Is This? Calvinism's Misrepresentation of God Paperback – April 1, 2002

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" Professed Calvinists will want to rethink their position when they realize the Biblical truths that are at stake." -- William MacDonald, Author of more than 80 books in 100 languages

"... a fascinating expose of modern five-point Calvinism...I especially enjoyed the section on perserverance and assurance of salvation." -- Bob Wilkin PH.D, Founder and Executive Director Grace Evangelical Society

"Blindfold your prejudices and be ready for a stunning and desperately needed perspective on this highly controversial area." -- Dr. Chuck Missler, Founder Koinonia House

"Calvinism makes our Heavenly Father look like the worst of despots and I join Dave in declaring Him: Not Guilty! -- Joseph R. Chambers, Pastor, author, Radio Host

"It is a must-read to understand the influence Calvin has had and continues to have on the Evangelical Church." -- Chuck Smith, Calvary Chapel

"Rarely has anyone undertaken the exhaustive task of detailing and documenting the misconception of God's sovereign grace as Dave Hunt." -- Arno Froese, Executive Director, Midnight Call

"This may well be the most important book written in the twenty-first century for all evangelical Christians to read." -- Tim LaHaye, co-author Left Behind Series


Calvinism...comes perilously close to blasphemy. And that is why I congratulate Dave Hunt for writing this excellent clarification of the doctrine that has its roots more in Greek humanism, from where it originated, than it does in Scripture.... Every evangelical minister should read this book. If they did, we would see a mighty revival of soul-winning passion that would turn this world upside down as multitudes saw the real God of the Bible, not the false God of Augustinianism and Calvinism. TIM LAHAYE, Author of more than 50 books and co-author of the Left Behind Series

Dave Hunt has done it again....stirred the Christian community into taking a serious look at the aberrant teachings... of John Calvin...and thoroughly documents his findings. It is a, must-read for those who are serious in their desire to understand the influence that Calvin has had and continues to have on the Evangelical church. CHUCK SMITH, Pastor, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa

Dave Hunt has given exact details to show the agonizing faults of Calvinistic abuses that most people have not considered. ELMER L. TOWNS, Dean, School of Religion, Liberty University

This book exposes traditional Calvinism for portraying God in a totally unscriptural manner....[and] will stand as a definitive work on the subject.WILLIAM MACDONALD, Author of more than 80 books in 100 languages
Dave Hunt continues his intrepid com-mitment to revealing the truth however unfashionable or politically incorrect it may be deemed. Blind-fold your prejudices and be ready for a stunning and desperately needed perspective on this highly controversial area. Here is another essential for the serious student of God's Word. DR. CHUCK MISSLER, Founder, Koinonia House
Rarely has anyone undertaken the exhaustive task of detailing and documenting the misconception of God's sovereign grace as has Dave Hunt....This book needs to be read by every communicator of the Gospel....ARNO FROESE, Executive Director, Midnight Call Ministry Editor, Midnight Call

This incredible book by Dave Hunt is imperative...[and] exposes the horror of spiritual apartheid for what it really is. Calvinism makes our Heavenly Father look like the worst of despots and I join Dave in declaring Him: Not Guilty! JOSEPH R. CHAMBERS, DD, DSL, Pastor, author, and radio host

Dave Hunt has given us a fascinating expose of modern five-point Calvinism that is both highly readable and practical. I especially enjoyed the section on perseverance and assurance of salvation.BOB WILKIN, PH.D., Founder and Executive Director, Grace Evangelical Society

As a biblicist, I find this to be a refreshing biblical review of things which for many years have brought confusion to believers. We've allowed words and ideas of men to determine our positions. This book reminds us to listen to what the Word of God has to say. HARRY BOLLBACK, Co-founder with Jack Wyrtzen of Word of Life International

In Dave's book, we are challenged to go back to the Scriptures as we evaluate the workings of God on this all-important subject of salvation. This is definitely a book that causes us to reflect on how we formulate our doctrine.JOE JORDAN, Executive Director, Word of Life Fellowship, Inc.

I am glad to see Dave deal with a tough subject, supply materials that many of us have not accessed until now, and challenge the Biblical basis for tulip. JIM CUSTER, Right Start Ministries --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Loyal Publishing; 1st edition (April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929125305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929125302
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Born in 1926, Dave enjoyed the advantages of a godly upbringing, and placed his trust in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord in his early teens.

He received a degree in mathematics from U.C.L.A. Marriage to his wife, Ruth, was followed by the birth of four children, a career as CPA/management consultant and, later, the management of several corporations. Along with church-related activities, Dave initiated and became involved in numerous campus ministries and meetings in his home, with a special outreach to Jewish young people and foreign students.

Since 1973 Dave's desire for fulltime ministry has found fulfillment through authorship of books dealing with the incursion, into Western culture and the church itself, of Eastern, psychological and selfist philosophies, ecumenism, and other unbiblical teachings. Concern over Islamic politics and religion are reflected in current articles, lectures and interviews.

At least 4 million copies of his books have been sold and have been translated into more than 50 languages. They include: The Cult Explosion, The God Makers, The New Spirituality, The Seduction of Christianity, Global Peace and the Rise of Antichrist, Occult Invasion, A Cup of Trembling, In Defense of the Faith, An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith , What Love Is This?, Countdown to the Second Coming, Seeking and Finding God, Honest Doubts, Judgment Day! Islam, Israel, and the Nations, Yoga and the Body of Christ, and his latest book, Cosmos, Creator and Human Destiny.

His video, Israel, Islam & Armageddon has become a tremendous tool for churches and others interested in helping spread the truth about events prior to and since the attack on the World Trade Center.

Dave's impeccable research and recognized scholarship are based on in depth studies of original documents and publications, interviews with key experts from around the world, and extensive travel--including to South America, Australia, Europe and throughout the Middle East.

Friday, April 5, 2013, Dave Hunt drew his final breath and entered into the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His beloved wife Ruth was at his side.

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165 of 208 people found the following review helpful By King Lemuel on September 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
I read an online version of this book. Then I read some of the one star reviews posted at Amazon by Calvinists. Besides this book, I recently read the "5 points of Calvinism weighed and found wanting."

Hunt's book is a fairly long (over 400 pages). It is written more at the popular level than, for example, Life in the Sun and Elect in the Sun by Robert Shank or God the Ruler by Cottrell. Shank's books frequently include references to Greek Grammar and quotations from the Greek New Testament. Hunt does not get down and dirty with the Greek exegisis.

Though written at a popular level, Hunt still includes many references to scriptures and his book continually argues scripturally against Calvinism. The 400 pages allow Hunt to develop his arguements in detail, yet it is not so long as to beat dead horses. It also is an easy read: the pages turn quickly and the points Hunt makes are clear, understandable, and easy to remember.

Many of the one star reviews say he misquotes or mischaracterizes those of opposing positions. This may be occaisionaly true, given the length of the book, perhaps a mistake in quotation inadvertingly now and then occurs, but, on the whole, he gets the Calvinistic position correct, he uses extensive and extended quotes from those on both sides of the debate. Overall, these do not mischaracterize.

Let's think about the debate for a moment: Hunt's book is only one chapter in this debate that has been ongoing since the days of Augustine (circa 400 AD) and John Calvin (mid 1500s). If the Lord tarries, Hunt's book certainly will not be the last.

For all the ire expressed here at Amazon in these one star reveiws, you would think Hunt had resorted to ad hominem attacks against Calvinism. Nothing could be further from the truth.
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101 of 129 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 2002
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First, a little background. I grew up as a believer blissfully unaware of the Calvinism debate. Then, a couple of years ago I got exposed to Calvinism through R.C. Sproul's ministry. Despite nagging questions, I became an ardent and enthusiastic 5-Point Calvinist. I read nothing but Calvinist authors (like Piper, Boice, Boettner, Lutzer, Macarthur and Sproul) and I began to filter everything through the grid of Calvinism. I also listened to Sproul every day.
However, since the "apparent" inconsistencies in Calvinism still haunted me, I decided to put Calvinism on trial. Since I had already heard one side, I decided to hear the other.
Despite the fact that Calvinists universally berated Dave Hunt as being an ignorant yokel, I figured I would have to read his book to find out what the hubbub was about.
Dave's book, along with George Bryson's, poked so many holes in Calvin's case that it could no longer hold water (at least in my mind.) I concluded that, at worst, Calvinism is flat out wrong, and at best, there is at least enough reasonable doubt about each of the five points to reject the whole system as a unbiblical.
Read this book, put Calvinism on trial. As for me, I will never call myself a Calvinist again.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Edward on October 19, 2011
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I recently switched to a Baptist church after moving to a new state. However, I did not realize that Calvinism was so prevalent until I sat in on some of the Sunday morning discipleship classes at my new church. One of the books that we read was J. I. Packer's "Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God" (which Hunt cites in this book). I didn't know much about Calvinism at the time, but some of Packer's views seemed so contrary to my understanding of the Bible that I started to research Calvinism a bit more. I was very surprised at how strange TULIP Calvinism seemed, and so I looked around for some works to defend and refute it so that I could develop my opinion better.

"What Love is This" contains a large number of quotes from historical and contemporary Calvinist authors, including many quotes from Calvin's works. From what I have read from Packer and McArthur and from what I have heard during many sermons on the radio and in church, I believe that Dave Hunt was able to accurately represent Calvinist theology (and its modern variations). For instance, I actually heard one of the radio broadcasts where R.C. Sproul (whom I respect) declared that those who are not elect are, through no action on their part, predestined to an eternal hell according to God's "good pleasure" - a notion that seemed shocking and abhorrent given my understanding of salvation according to the New Testament.

Ultimately, I have to agree with Hunt's conclusion that Calvinism misrepresents God's character in a bad way and can even lead people to resent God. I also have to agree that many Bible verses and terms (such as sovereignty) have to be altered from what seemed to be their clear, original meaning in order for the Bible to be in-sync with Calvinism.
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189 of 254 people found the following review helpful By Gary Osborne on May 8, 2002
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Dave Hunt has done it again. Some 20 years after his highly controversial, yet highly important book "The Seduction of Christianity", Dave has come up with another shocker! This time he examines what is surely the most divisive issue in Evangelical Christianity - namely CALVINISM.
From start to finish the reader of this book, regardless of his or her stand on the issues, will be compelled to hear Dave out. He does all he can to clearly explain what Calvinism is - not by simply telling the reader what Dave thinks it is, but by providing the reader with quote after quote from those leaders in the Christian community who are themselves Calvinists. Dave Hunt leaves no room for guessing here. He makes his case clear. Calvinism, in Dave's book, is clearly a false theological system that has its beginnings in 4th and 5th Century Rome. If anyone wants to understand the genesis of this doctrinal system, this book is a must.
Dave goes on to point out the glaring inconsistencies, the misapplied logic, and the oft used Scriptures that supposedly support the TULIP. He then proceeds to throughly dismantle the system with a plethera of scripture references and an overview of the true nature of God (which Dave feels is attacked by the concept of Calvinism).
This book will undoubtedly upset the staunch Calvinists. In fact, from the early returns, it appears that even reviews such as mine will suffer because I give the book a high rating. But the fact remains that if someone wants to know how non-Calvinists view the TULIP this book is a must! Dave Hunt clearly and concisely sums up the "other side" for everyone. Even if the reader disagrees with his conclusions, he or she can at least have a better understanding of how other Christians look at their doctrinal distinctives (ie Calvinism's 5 points).
I wholeheartedly recommend this fascinating book to Calvinists and non-Calvinists alike!
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