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Chosen By God
Chosen By God
By R.C. Sproul

Systematic Theology
Systematic Theology (Abridged)
By Charles Hodge

The Vanishing Conscience
Vanishing Conscience
By John F. MacArthur, Jr.


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The works which follow are listed by author in alphabetical order. By clicking on a particular title, you will be transported to the appropriate catalog page wherein will be presented the current price, availability, and complete online ordering information.

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Chosen By God, by Dr. R. C. Sproul

Published by Tyndale House. Copyright 1986 R. C. Sproul, Paperback

"PREDESTINATION. . . . The very idea starts arguments. Does God predetermine where we spend eternity?

R. C. Sproul used to hate the concept. But as he looked into Scripture, a beautiful doctrine emerged. If God is truly sovereign, and if man is radically sinful--then we would never choose God on our own. God must change our hearts.

Proceeding from the base of biblical teaching, Sproul shows that predestination can't be consigned to one corner of Christianity, nor does it belong only to scholars. All Christians should ponder the mystery and celebrate the glory of what it means to be . . . chosen by God." --(Book Jacket)--

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose. For whom he did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified." --(Romans 8:28-30)--

"The very word predestination has an ominous ring to it. It is linked to the despairing notion of fatalism and somehow suggests that within its pale we are reduced to meaningless puppets. The word conjures up visions of a diabolical deity who plays capricious games with our lives. We seem to be subjected to the whims of horrible decrees that were fixed in concrete long before we were born. . . .

Virtually all Christian churches have some formal doctrine of predestination. To be sure, the doctrine of predestination found in the Roman Catholic Church is different from that in the Presbyterian Church. The Lutherans have a different view of the matter from the Episcopalians.

It is not enough to have just any view of predestination. It is our duty to seek the correct view of predestination, lest we be guilty of distorting or ignoring the Word of God."

--(R. C. Sproul)--

Comments: For nearly two millennia tempests have raged throughout Christendom fomenting heated dissent, schism, discord and division, excommunication, and, in many cases, massive bloodshed. The church has been rent asunder by such volatile topics as the nature of Jesus Christ, the Holy Trinity, the election of saints, regeneration and salvation, icons, miracles, and the role of man. Yet, perhaps, no one issue has raised such intense debate and controversy as that of predestination and free will. It is a subject guaranteed to bring forth misunderstanding, contention, confrontation, and furor. While many of our most illustrious Theologians (Augustine, Calvin, Edwards, et. al.) have addressed this very issue, for it is one that may not, in good conscience, be avoided, there has yet to arrive a consensus or agreement among the body of Christ. In Chosen By God R. C. Sproul has, in my opinion, brought forth a simple, logical, straightforward approach to this mysterious, if not confusing, concept. While by no means simplistic, Dr. Sproul endeavors to approach the various arguments, both pro and con, in a manner that requires no knowledge of or familiarity with the language of Theologians, but, to the contrary, he has masterfully laid bare the essentials of an extremely complex subject in order that both the babe in Christ as well as he who has long held tight that nail-scarred hand may find enlightenment. Having read and re-read Chosen By God, we humbly assign this illuminating work our highest recommendation.


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Institutes Of The Christian Religion, by John Calvin. Translated by Henry Beveridge

This edition first published 1989 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. Reprinted September 1993. Single volume, 1318 pages, perfectbound.

"Theologian par excellence of the Reformation, John Calvin is best known for his Institutes Of The Christian Religion, written as a theological introduction to the Bible and a vindication of Reformation principles. After appearing in several editions beginning in 1536, Calvin's Institutes was finally published in this authoritative 1559 edition. Henry Beveridge's translation of Calvin's magnum opus is here available for the first time in one-volume paperback format." --(Back Cover)--

"No man can have the least knowledge of true and sound doctrine, without having been a disciple of the Scripture. Hence originates all true wisdom, when we embrace with reverence the testimony which God hath been pleased to deliver concerning Himself. For obedience is the source, not only of an absolutely perfect and complete faith, but of all right knowledge of God." --(John Calvin)--

"It was Calvin preeminently who set the pattern for the exercise of that sobriety which guards the science of exegesis against those distortions and perversions to which allegorizing methods are ever prone to subject the interpretation and application of Scripture. The debt we owe to Calvin in establishing sound canons of interpretation and in thus directing the future course of exegetical study is incalculable. It is only to be lamented that too frequently the preaching of Protestant and even Reformed communions has not been sufficiently grounded in the hermeneutical principles which Calvin so nobly exemplified.

One feature of Calvin's exegetical work is his concern for the analogy of Scripture. He is always careful to take account of the unity and harmony of Scripture teaching. His expositions are not therefore afflicted with the vice of expounding particular passages without respect to the teaching of Scripture elsewhere and without respect to the system of truth set forth in the Word of God. His exegesis, in a word, is theologically oriented.

However highly we assess Calvin's exegetical talent and product, his eminence as an exegete must not be allowed to overshadow what was, after all, his greatest gift. He was par excellence a theologian. It was his systematizing genius preeminently that equipped him for the prosecution and completion of his masterpiece."

--(Rev. John Murray, M.A., Th.M.)--

"Never will we glory enough in Him, unless we dethrone all glory in ourselves."

--(John Calvin)--

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The Vanishing Conscience, by John F. MacArthur, Jr.

Published by Word Publishing, Perfectbound, Copyright © 1994 by John F. MacArthur, Jr., 280 pages.

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"Have we lost our ability to recognize sin?"

"Have we become a people who shift blame, deny guilt, and excuse moral failure?"

"Do we feel the concepts of sin, guilt, and conscience are outdated?"

"'Nowadays the word sin is rarely used in public discourse,' says MacArthur in this explosive new book. 'Human misbehavior is usually treated as a medical problem rather than a moral one. Guilt is seen as a harmful emotion and, as a result, guilt feelings are denied rather than dealt with.'

And, unfortunately, the church has become part of the problem instead of the solution. Instead of proclaiming the Bible's teaching about depravity and guilt and repentance, the church too often seems to echo the world's thinking on the psychology of guilt and the importance of feeling good about ourselves.

'We lament the human anguish sin causes in our life,' Dr. MacArthur says, 'but we don't seem to realize how our sin offends a holy God and how it directly impacts our lives. As a result, we don't deal with sin as sin.'

The Vanishing Conscience resurrects the biblical doctrine of sin and shows how and why sin must be dealt with if we are going to live lives that please God. MacArthur sounds a clarion call for us to turn from the moral compromise gripping our society—and our churches—and restore the purity and power of Jesus Christ through His church." --(Book Jacket)--

Comments: As a child, adolescent, young man, and, yes, even as an adult, there stood ever before me one whose teachings and opinions guided my life. Although short in physical stature and of limited formal education, this man was and always will remain a giant in my eyes. In fact, my admiration and respect for him and that for which he stood grows greater with each passing day. That man was my Dad.

In his book, The Vanishing Conscience, John MacArthur, Jr. reiterates those teachings which I have both loved and hated throughout the majority of my life. My Dad, from my earliest recollection, taught my brother and I that regardless of what those around us might say or do, we were always, always to do that which we knew to be the right thing to do. We were instructed that we were, as individuals, personally responsible for that which we spoke, did, even thought and felt. There was made no mention of self-esteem, of political correctness, of compromise, of shades of gray; the moral rainbow consisted solely of two colors: white and black (right and wrong). That truth exists today as it has always existed, despite mankind's attempts to philosophize it into oblivion.

In this, the latter portion of the twentieth century, it has become fashionable to preach the gospel of self-esteem while eschewing the principle of personal responsibility. Psychology and Science appear to be able to place the blame for any deviant, aberrant, bizarre and/or socially unacceptable behavior on virtually anything or anyone excepting, and thereby pardoning, the individual who commits the breach of what was once considered reasonable behavior. Nothing and no one is safe from the finger of reproach with the single exception of the perpetrator. Perhaps the individual in question was abused as a child, was reared in poverty, deprived of love, and so on and so forth, ad infinitum. Blame, guilt, and retribution have given way to pity, leniency, and forgiveness. Where there were once credible norms, there now flutters in the societal winds an increasing tendency toward latitude and acceptance, regardless of the malignity of the act and the resulting impact on society as a whole. It seems that no behavior is to be demonstrated that is worthy of personal blame or public condemnation. The perpetrator of a crime has now become the victim while, alas, the true victim receives but cursory and transient empathy with no attendant justice nor equitable recompense.

Has this policy of moral liberality proven of benefit to society? One has but to peruse the daily newspapers to be made painfully aware that this standard of personal blamelessness has, to the contrary, proven empirically to be an abject and abysmal failure. Personal bankruptcies rise each year in a society where per capita income and personal standards of living have also risen. Murders, rapes, tortures, muggings, arsons, drug usage have increased at an alarming rate during this same period of improved self-esteem and public acceptance, liberality, and forgiveness.

In The Vanishing Conscience, MacArthur addresses, from a biblical perspective, the issues of self-esteem, personal guilt, and individual responsibility. How does modern psychology's obsession with personal forgiveness, high self-esteem, and the love of self stand in the light of Holy Scripture? What became of the little word sin with all of its grave implications, ramifications, and negative connotations? In an age of self-absolution, it would appear that Jesus Christ suffered and died in vain, for, if we are to believe the modern self-proclaimed and self-ordained prophets of the "feel good" philosophy, we are to forgive, each his or her own, transgressions and iniquities by blaming our environment, our genetic predisposition, our parents, our teachers, our political leaders, our role models, anything or anyone but our individual selves.

The Vanishing Conscience is an extraordinarily germane work in that MacArthur not only elucidates the church's adoption and endorsement of this secular abomination as well as the inherent dangers of this heretical philosophy, but does so in such a manner that the reader is made knowledgeable of that which a just God demands of His children. Of far greater importance than self-esteem is our relationship to a God who will hold you and I accountable for each act, thought, word, and deed. On that Great and Terrible Day, conscience may be either a dear friend or a damning foe, but it will not claim neutrality. Self-esteem, that placebo of modern psychology, will not be a factor.

--(Dr. David J. Thomas)--

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