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Dr. Robert Shank is known internationally among Bible scholars for his significant books in the field of biblical theology, which are used in seminaries and colleges of many denominations. He has been preaching and teaching in the pulpit, classroom, and visiting lectureships for over fifty years and his writings have been viewed as a major doctrinal contribution to the Church.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; 2 edition (September 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556610912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556610912
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #721,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sam M. Tannenbaum VINE VOICE on December 15, 2007
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Dr. Shank gives an erudite, compelling (and in my opinion, correct) treatment of the doctrine of eternal security, which is so tightly bound up in the tenets of strict reformed theology. The beauty of the book is that he relies so heavily on scripture to back his points up. In a nutshell, he rejects the doctrine; if you want to know why, you need to read it (or at least see what he does with the scriptures traditionally used to support the notion). If not, please be intellectually honest and don't assert that you know why his conclusion is wrong, having never heard his argument. Highly recommended, for proponents of the doctrine, and opponents as well.
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I had personally misinterpreted many passages of Scripture on the subject of Eternal Security for many years until a friend recommended this book. Wow. Dr. Shank gives a most thorough and in fact exhaustive study, dressing down every one of my misunderstandings and showing that I was often failing to see the trees for the forest. His point ultimately is not that we must earn our salvation, of course, but that there can come a point where we can reject the gift God has given. This falls under the same heading as the "unpardonable sin" in that it takes quite a bit to get there, but once there it is impossible to renew (Hebrews 6).

"Life In the Son" is not a breezy read; it is for the serious student of theology and Biblical doctrine. While the saved person will persevere regardless of his/her understanding of this doctrine, there are many baby Christians who are led into misunderstanding and thus into license. For their sake it is critical that we be doctrinally correct, espeically those of us who teach, whether in Bible school, our children, or babes in Christ. No matter what you've read on this topic, don't think you have it settled until you've read "Life In the Son."
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Absolutely wonderful! This book was tremendously helpful for me as I wrestled with the question of eternal security. If anyone is seeking objective truth within the Scriptures, this is it. A book has not been written as clearly and profoundly as this. After reading this book it was clear what the Scriptures teach. An excellent book for anyone who is willing to be humble enough and accept truth. You cannot question his conclusions simply because he sticks to what the Word of God says in it's original context and language.
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Shank never finished his five part series, but this is his powerful start to his trenchant critique of Calvinism. He interacts with nearly all Calvinistic proof texts, displaying an expertise in the koine Greek language of the NT as well as intimate familiarity with Calvin's monumental work The Institutes.
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Stark uses he Greek witnesses to establish the ever present idea that we , as Christians, have always maintained that our Wills are our own to do as we wish. The totally absurd idea that God 'captures" our wills and forces His will down our throats is well investigated here. One is either Calvinistic or Armenian, and perhaps one can blend, but very little. To state that the Holy Spirit cares not how one can continue to sin, nor amount of sin is against God's own ideas and functions according to Scripture. Dr. Stark's work is priceless, and no matter which side you stand, everyone must read this side as presented.
I recommend this book to all.
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It's a great delight to finally read a book that gives an exceptional biblical intrepertation of the doctrine of perseverance. Dr. Shank cut through the popular traditions and theology of today and focuses on " sola scriptula" The issue at hand is, "what saith the scriptures?" It is'nt surprising that some may find issues with this study, since Dr. Shank only treats this doctrine with crictical exegetical focus on scriptual text, rather then traditions, or popular theology that are center around men dogma. I challenge anyone to read the scriptures for themselves, without the commentaries, and without the backdrop of today's hermenuetical arguements, and see what the scriptures saith. I've done that, and the end result looked pretty much like the work of this book. Not an easy pill to swallow, but a liberating truth that challenge all who call themselves " Christian" to examine themselves, as to whether they are in the FAITH. 2 Corinthians 13:5
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Life in the Son is a good critique of Eternal Security that doesn't contain much of the polemics that are so common in many books and articles (on both sides) on the issue of Eternal Security. Shank explains the key verses that always become flashpoints in debates in an easy to understand manner. There are a few problems with his book that I would like to point out. For instance, he seems to concentrate more on contradictory Calvinist commentaries of the verses rather than explaining the verses themselves. But all in all, its a pretty good book.
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I studied these issues and discussed them endlessly in seminary. This study brings together Scriptures with an exegesis that makes sense, rather than being enslaved to a dogma. It is a slight paradigm shift, that cuts through the knot. God is personal, and He is love; this book will help you. Unless you can answer it, you have no right to claim more accurate Scriptural ground. I found it refreshing, encouraging, freeing, and so, ultimately, motivating. It gave me fresh air in God. The writing is clear and straightforward, too.
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