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God Chose to Save: Why Man Cannot and Will Not Be Saved Apart from Election Paperback – April 1, 2002
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<DIV>Joseph M. Bianchi spent many years as a journalist before his ordination. His other books include 21st Century Corinthians, God Chose to Save, and My Friend Grace. He has written on a wide variety of subjects including constitutional law and urban planning.</DIV>
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For an alternative, challenging attempt at understanding the biblical parallel between Adam and Christ (and the so-called "universalistic texts") than the one usually given by most Calvinists, Bianchi included, I recommend the books of Calvinist Neal Punt, a retired pastor in the Christian Reformed Church and a graduate from Calvin Theological Seminary. Although Punt's books didn't make a Calvinist out of me, he certainly contributed to my eventual renunciation of Arminianism with its "conditional" divine election of some based on God's foreknowledge. For additional insights, see my reviews of Punt's three books: "Unconditional Good News," "What's Good About the Good News?," and "So Also in Christ."
While others have criticized this book as if it sought to be the "last word" on the subject, most of the criticism has come across as an emotional diatribe against its position, rather than a critique of the book, itself.
If you agree with the author's view on election, you will find a clear and concise statement of this position, supported by appropriate references to Scripture.
If you disagree with the author's view, an unbiased reader will find a logical and Biblically-based argument that will send you back to the Biblical texts to re-examine your views.
As the author mentions at the outset, the book is not intended to be the last word on the topic, but to be a clear and straightforward analysis of the texts. In that effort he has certainly succeeded.
Obviously from the title Bianchi believes that Calvinistic divine election (predestination) is biblical and further that if we fail to accept it we fail to truly understand salvation. Bianchi believes passionately that Arminians are simply not reading their Bibles for if they had they would be Calvinist.
In 96 pages Bianchi takes the reader through several key passages of Scripture that deal with election and seeks to show from them that salvation occurs because God chooses to save. The problem with the book is that Bianchi doesn't really interact with the whole of Scripture over the subject. He touches on popular election passages such as John 6:44 or Acts 13:48 or Romans 8:29-30 or Ephesians 1:4-13 yet he doesn't deal with the entire context of these passages or the entirity of the Bible.
So while Bianchi believes the question is answered in 96 pages on divine election, I would argue it is not. There are better works on predestination out there and I would recommend the reader go elsewhere for this debate. This book simply has too many holes.