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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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- We don’t get to choose heaven, nor is it offered. God either chooses us or abandons us.
- God already knows who won’t get in, and there’s nothing you or anyone else can do about it. Not even the person in question, whether that is your mailman, your brother, your father, your wife, or yourself.
- Either God explicitly chooses someone before they die, or they burn in hell forever.
- Don’t argue against any of this, because the author has the Bible on his side. See? Look at these verses and these logical steps.
Even though the book was literally emotional torture to read, I kept pushing through it, determined to get to the end simply for “the sake of the truth.” I made margin notes and argued with the author in them, only to be beaten down and crushed again. “There’s a reason it’s called the ‘horrible truth,’” I told myself as I sobbed without any possible consolation, not even from God.
It took months and months for me to recover from this fear and misery and gain the internal power to reject this book. During the worst, I could not even smile at the people I worked with at my job. I had to rent the movie “Bruce Almighty” just to be able to smile and laugh again.
Months later, not being able to find my own copy, I considered buying another copy of this book for the sole purpose of burning it. The thing that stopped me is that it would then be permanently on my list of items bought from Amazon, and that was the last thing I wanted.
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.