- Series: LifeChange Books
- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: Multnomah; Edition Unstated edition (January 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781590520659
- ISBN-13: 978-1590520659
- ASIN: 1590520653
- Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.5 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 113 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Grace and Truth Paradox: Responding with Christlike Balance Hardcover – January 9, 2003
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Hate the sin but love the sinner is the gist of the paradox explored in this slender point-of-purchase book by minister Alcorn. The author of Deadline draws on his experiences of getting "proabortion" activists, unbelieving academics and his "resistant" father to see the light to argue that Christians must display grace-a spirit of humility, love and inclusion-while also insisting on the truth of Christian doctrine. Truth without grace, he asserts, yields a self-righteous Pharisaism, while grace without truth leads to "moral indifference" and a dilution of Christ's message. Alcorn writes in a contemporary idiom, likening grace and truth to a binary star system or the twin strands of the DNA double helix. But his is a traditional evangelical outlook that combines Biblical literalism, hell-fire and a deep acknowledgment of personal sin. Alcorn registers his fundamentalist views on such topics as relativism on campus, the fallacy of Darwinism and Oprah Winfrey's "have-it-your-way designer religion." But he also chides Christians for their holier-than-thou attitudes ("Jesus," he warrants, "would preach five sermons against self-righteous churches for every one against taverns") and compares himself with evil-doers ("I am Dahmer. I am Mao") in attesting to the fallen state of all humanity and their dependence on God's unmerited grace for salvation. Firm but forbearing, Alcorn's tract is a dose of old-time religion in a smooth modern formulation.
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About the Author
Randy Alcorn is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries. His books include the bestsellers The Treasure Principle, Deadline, Dominion, Lord Foulgrin's Letters, and The Ishbane Conspiracy. He has written seven other nonfiction books. Randy and his wife, Nanci, live in Gresham, Oregon, and have two grown daughters, Karina and Angela.
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I like books with more depth but for the purpose of educating people who need more surface level material, this is a good one.
I loved his segment on - "We've redefined Christlike" to be "nice." He writes - "By that defination, Christ wasn't always Christlike. He confronted people with sin, raised His voice, threw tables and called people snakes, blind hypoctires, and white washed tombs."
Randy, as usual makes me laugh. "In the 1930s, German church leaders defended Adolph Hitler as a leader who didn't smoke or drink, encouraged women to dress modesty, and opposed pornography. If that's your checklist, Hitler was a swell guy."
BTW I bought the book for one cent on Amazon (second hand.) Good on the Alcorn ministry group. Check it out....there are still some available.
"The Grace and Truth Paradox" is a tiny book that can be read in an hour. It is worth it's weight in gold.