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Jesus: The Only Way to God: Must You Hear the Gospel to be Saved? Paperback – August 1, 2010
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If the church was ever too confrontational in its evangelism, those days are gone. In our shrinking, pluralistic world, the belief that Jesus is the only way of salvation is increasingly called arrogant and even hateful. In the face of this criticism, many shrink back from affirming the global necessity of knowing and believing in Jesus.
In Jesus: The Only Way to God--Must You Hear the Gospel to Be Saved? John Piper offers a timely plea for the evangelical church to consider what is at stake in surrendering the unique, universal place of Jesus in salvation. If you're concerned about the current state of evangelism--and the church--this book is a must-read.
John Piper (DrTheol, University of Munich) is the pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he has served since 1980. He is the author of more than forty books (including Desiring God, The Pleasures of God, and Let the Nations Be Glad!), and thirty years of his preaching and teaching is available at www.DesiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and an increasing number of grandchildren.
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It with this inclusive view of the gospel that Piper takes his aim and fires. His main concern (as my own) is that missionary activities are diminished when the gospel is seen as unnecessary for eternal life. If personal faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of sins is not based on belief in the gospel about Jesus then missionary work will greatly decrease. Like Piper, I believe that God's glory is revealed in the gospel of His Son and that it is only in His Son that we are saved and one must hear the gospel of Jesus to be saved (Romans 10:14-17).
I believe that Piper does a good job of presenting a strong biblical and orthodox view of the exclusive nature of the gospel in just 123 pages. He begins by covering the doctrine of eternal torment in an eternal hell. Piper points out that while this teaching on hell has become ignored in our times, the Bible has much to say about hell. And if we are willing, hell must exist due to the nature of sin and the nature of God's infinite holiness.Read more ›
In this short but deep and profound book, author John Piper proclaims Jesus as the only way of salvation. He discusses alternative popular beliefs among Christians: (1) Universalism--the belief that everyone will be saved eventually and that hell (if it exists) will lead to repentance and salvation; (2) Annihilationism--the belief that at death, if one is not saved, one just ceases to exist and experiences no torment or punishment instead of an eternity of suffering into hell; (3) Pluralism--the belief that many different religions can lead to God; and (4) Inclusivism--the belief that Jesus died to save everyone, and even those who have never heard of Him will be saved.
This book is written in an understandable, yet definitely theological style. It is not light reading, and although it is short, it took me a while to get through it (far more than the short hour I'd planned). Yet it is definitely worth the work. The writing seemed to me to be clear and brilliant, and the author's arguments--all taken from Scripture--were very convicting. It was powerful, challenging, and made me think.
In the book, John Piper thoroughly answers these three questions: (1) Will anyone experience eternal, conscious torment under God's wrath?, (2) Is the work of Jesus necessary for salvation?, and (3) Is conscious faith in Jesus necessary for salvation. He uses the Bible to defend all of his positions, which are "yes" answers to all three questions.
This an important book for Christians or highly interested non-Christians. I would not see this as an evangelistic text except for someone exceptionally familiar with theology and the Bible. I see it as a mandatory read for anyone concerned about the state of the church, orthodoxy, and evangelism.Read more ›
Talk about hell and people think you are hateful. Talk about a belief in Jesus as the only way to God and it gets worse. Recently I've even had people tell me that I'm the one who is taking a risk believing in Jesus. They seem to indicate that I should be researching other religions to make sure I'm believing the right things. And truthfully I have done some research into other religions over the years and have found nothing as powerful as biblical truth, especially truths from The New Testament.
John Piper presents his arguments well although I must say there is a lot of quoting going on throughout the book which sometimes can break up the flow of thought a bit. He backs up all his ideas with scripture and this makes the book powerfully convincing.
So what does John Piper really discuss. Well he basically answers a number of questions based on one question. Is Jesus the only way to God? He also discusses whether people from different religions can get to heaven through just their belief in God. Or do they need to hear the gospel first? Some of the questions John Piper answers include:
Will anyone experience eternal conscious torment in hell?
Is conscious faith in Christ necessary for salvation?
How were people in the Old Testament times saved?
Does hell have real fire and is it eternal fire?
These are important questions although I can see why they might make people
who don't believe a little upset. Still if you are reading this and want to know what
is in this book I'm willing to tell you.
What it really comes down to in the end is that repentance leads to eternal life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing little nugget of gold to show you the relationship between the various references in the bible aiding the investigation of the truth.Published 2 months ago by Tiji Varughese Mathew
Having had several recent discussions with friends and colleagues about the pertinent question that Piper addresses in his booklet, "Jesus: The Only Way to God," I was... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Chad Oberholtzer
In this little book, Piper addresses the "many paths" problem, and defends monotheism, and does a good job.Published 10 months ago by Greg Bahnsen Burner
In this slim book, handed out as chum at a local church, Baptist Minister John Piper provides New Testament references meant to corral the faithful by reasserting orthodox... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Maddog
A very good book, should be read by all serious Christians and promoted in the entire World. Jesus is Lord, there is no other. Every knee will bow to Him. To God be the glory! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Harvey Compton
Not a big book, nor very long, but it contains a strong missional message for the Calvinist Christian. Read morePublished 20 months ago by John Wolf