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The Gospel of Free Acceptance in Christ: An Assessment of the Reformation and 'New Perspectives' on Paul Hardcover – November 1, 2006
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Venema suggests that "At no time since the Reformation of the sixteenth century has justification taken centre stage as it has done in the biblical and theological discussions of the last ten years." Once again the truch church must "hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that...[we] may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it (Titus 1:9)." Indeed, we must stand ready to part ways with those who will teach any other gospel.
Since "the doctrine of justification by grace alone on account of Christ alone through faith alone... was [and is] the article of the standing or the falling of the church" the present discussion is an urgent one and one that cannot be avoided. The present debate is not one of mere scholastic interest. As Venema notes, "Whatever the gap between academy and pew, ideas tend to have legs that will eventually carry them into the church. Seminary students who are taught by professors sympathetic to the new perspective will likely allow the seeds to germinate and produce fruit in their own ministries."
This book comes as a gift to the church. May God help us fight the good fight of faith, so that we may one day say, with Paul, "to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you."
Much of this page-turner is outstanding exegetical and expositional scholarship of Professor Venema. In this volume the author converses:
- The history of the Reformation and Justification
- The advocates of the New Perspective
- The necessity of Expiation and Imputation
- Proper interpretation of important biblical texts (Book of Romans, etc.).
Romans 4:5-7 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, 6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:
7 " Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
And whose sins are covered.
Dr. Cornelis P. Venema is also the co-editor of the Mid-America Journal of Theology. His writings include Getting the Gospel Right, The Gospel of Free Acceptance in Christ. He earned his doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary.
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