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Truths We Confess, Three-Volume Set Hardcover – November 26, 2007
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R.C. Sproul (Drs, Free University of Amsterdam) is founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries. He has written more than sixty books, including The Holiness of God, Faith Alone, Scripture Alone, Chosen by God, What Is Reformed Theology?, The Glory of Christ, The Mystery of the Holy Spirit, and Getting the Gospel Right. He is also general editor of the Reformation Study Bible, which has been published with the New King James Version and the English Standard Version. Dr. Sproul was professor of systematic theology and apologetics at Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale until 2004 and, before that, taught at Reformed Theological Seminary. He serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew's Chapel, Sanford, Florida, and teaches on the national daily radio program Renewing Your Mind.
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The material will inform, mature and assist one in doctrinal
and historical concepts of the Westminister Confession of Faith. They are well worth the purchase. Thank you Amazon for offering them!! Thank you Dr. Sproul for helping the Kingdom in varied ways!
John Nelson Darby (1801-1882, the father of dispensationalism and later espoused by C. I. Scofield, wrote "I believe that predestination to life is the eternal purpose of God, by which before the foundations of the world were laid, he firmly decreed, by His counsel secret to us,to deliver from curse and destruction those whom He has chosen in Christ out of the human race, and bring them, through Christ as vessels made to honor, to eternal life". This sounds to this reviewer that Darby and Scofield are in total agreement with Calvinistic theology concerning predestination and preservation of the saints. This is more than can be said of Calvin himself who never wrote on eschatological subject matter, especially the translation (rapture) of the saints.
Calvinisms covenant theology conforms very well with Dispensationalism since in every dispensation (period of God's testing) there was an accompanying covenant made with either an individual (ex.Abraham/Noah) or nation (ex.Israel).
Sproul contends that there was no dispensationalism before Darby; however, one can say with assurance that there was no Calvinism before Calvin. Isn't possible as we perhaps rapidly approach the Lord's return that God is opening the eyes of Biblical scholars to those things that were heretofore never contemplated in Scripture. World events certainly have a direct bearing on canonical revelation.
This criticism of Sproul's evaluation of dispensationalism is a somewhat incidental viewpoint of an overall excellent commentary on the Westminster Confession of Faith. His devotion to his Savior and Lord is paramount throughout.Though we differ on certain theological matters, it does not distract from his sincere desire to educate us on the tenets that we as Christians hold most sacred and are firmly affixed to our belief in the One
who knew us in our mother's womb.
For those unfamiliar, the Westminster Confession is an in your face, no holds barred, biblically based assault on sissy-nice interpretation and politically correct church direction. Sproul builds a modern reflection of the Confession and brings the magnificence of the original to life.
You will either thoroughly enjoy this book ... or you will just say "NO" ... based on your churched preconceptions. There will be no middle ground among readers. Sproul's answer to the question of "For whom was the Bible written?" may do the trick.
This is a seriously important primer on reformed theology brought to modern seekers through Sproul's genius.
At the conclusion, Sproul offers the 'catechism' of Q&A's in both short and long examination form. We have nothing like it that survives as a benchmark of understanding for pew sitters today. I think it would be a Christian desired `baseline'.