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The God Who Justifies

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The Heart of the Gospel

In today's culture where tolerance is the new absolute, James White proclaims with passion the truth and centrality of the doctrine of justification by faith.

"Finally--a contemporary, exegetical, doctrinal, and able defense of the historic Protestant doctrine of justification by God's free grace by faith in Jesus Christ alone. This is the best book on justification since James Buchanan's mid-nineteenth-century classic. We need to teach this material to uor congregations."
--Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

"I lost sleep over this book! I simply couldn't put it down. James White writes the way an exegetically and theologically oriented pastor appreciates. This is no book for casual reading; there is solid meat throughout. An outstanding contribution in every sense of the words!"
--Dr. Jay E. Adams, Author, Competent to Counsel and Godliness Through Discipline

Once the core of the Reformation, the church today often ignores or misunderstands this foundational doctrine. White calls believers to a fresh appreciation of, understanding of, and dedication to the great doctrine of justification and then provides an exegesis of the key Scripture texts on this theme.

About the Author

James R. White is the author of several acclaimed books, including The God Who Justifies and The Forgotten Trinity. The director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, he is an accomplished debater of Muslim apologists and an elder of the Phoenix Reformed Baptist

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764204815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764204814
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #738,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For those who want to understand the historic Protestant (and Biblical) understanding of justification this book should be the first place to start. White does an excellent job presenting the Gospel in its purity and wholeness without compromise. The structure of the book is well organized and easy to follow through. The first half of the book (pp. 17-123) deals with important themes related to the concept of justification. This includes topics like man's total depravity, sin, transgression, the meaning of justification, the reason for justification by faith alone, the grounds for our justification, and imputation of righteousness. The second half (pp. 125-374) is an exegetical defense of the historic Protestant understanding of justification. White goes over passages in Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, James, 2 Corinthians, and Titus. He makes a convincing and exegetically sound argument for the historic Protestant view of justification by faith alone. Though White gets very technical and detailed in his exegesis of these passages, even a layperson will have no trouble understanding what White is saying. Particularly valuable is his exegesis of James 2:14-26. Roman Catholics and pseudo-Protestants have often used this passage to attack the traditional Protestant understanding of justification by faith alone. However, White does an excellent job explaining what James REALLY meant to say in this passage (e.g., true faith is demonstrated before men by actions). This book is refreshing considering that in recent years the doctrine of justification by faith alone has not only been attacked by Roman Catholics, but also by those who claim to be evangelical Protestants! Yes, pseudo-Protestants are everywhere these days.Read more ›
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Martin Luther described the doctrine of justification - the topic of this book - as the article of faith that determines whether the church is standing or falling. Speaking of Luther, James Buchanan writes, "By this he meant that when this doctrine is understood, believed, and preached, as it was in New Testament times, the church stands in the grace of God and is alive; but where it is neglected, overlaid, or denied, as it was in medieval Catholicism, the church falls from grace and its life drains away, leaving it in a state of darkness and death" (14).

Justification, properly (and here briefly) defined teaches that God, solely out of sovereign mercy and grace, declares repentant sinners righteous on the basis of the perfect righteousness and subtitutionary death of Jesus Christ alone. This gift of justifcation is accessed by the believer through faith alone and is wholly apart from any works. Faith itself is not a work, nor does it contain any merit - rather, faith is merely the empty hands of the sinner laying hold of the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ - a righteousness that matches God's perfect standard of righteousness because it is, in reality, God's righteousness.

White, in his weighty, passionate, thorough, and nourishing treatment of justification, examines the historical and contemporary significance of a proper and highly nuanced understanding of the doctrine, and provides the exegetical basis for it from key texts like Romans 1-3:18, 3:19-31; 4:1-5:1 and 8:28-34. In the latter portion of the book, White also deals with problems raised in the book of James where some contend that Paul is contradicted by James' statement that Abraham was justified by works (James 2:14-26).
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Dr. James White in "The God who Justifies" expounds on the doctrine of Justification like a true theologian can, but preaches like a preacher should. This book is not for the theologically shallow and uses alot of Greek. For the well informed lay Christian, even with out the knowledge of Greek can still benifit greatly.

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James White's work is definitely the best treatment on this subject I've read in a long time. It is indeed two books in one. The first part is an explanation of the evangelical doctrine and its importance. The second part is thorough exegesis of relevant passages.
James White, in the first part, has hit the nail on the head with this issue. Error on this doctrine is an extension of another doctrine. When we misunderstand the holiness of God (please, please read the Sproul book of the same name), we misunderstand how to get right with God. That's what justification is about. How we get right with God. When we understand God is holy, we understand that He must judge sin. We understand that God He can't overlook our bad deeds. Then we should realize that good deeds won't overcome our past bad deeds, since we already owe God good deeds. I won't keep going on this tangent. Suffice it to say, that this is the key issue to understand which undergirds the rest of the issue.
The second part of the book capitalizes on James White's strength, very complete exegesis. He does not have the space to do this for every passage that pertains to the topic, Acts of the Apostles and the four Gospels have been left out for instance. However, a lot of Romans and James 2 are in there. They are the main passages that pertain to this topic. White clearly shows that justification by faith alone is taught by Paul. He touches on "works of the law." I've seen better James 2 commentaries (Matthew Henry comes to mind), but White does a very good job. The second part is a lot like his treatment of John 1 in "the Forgotten Trinity." He will use a lot of Greek. I do not know coine Greek, but I was able to follow along quite well.
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