Gospel Assurance & Warnings {Review}

Gospel-Assurance-Warnings-by-Paul-Washer-97x150 How can I know that I’m truly a child of God, that I’ve been born again of the Spirit? These are questions that all that claim Christianity need to know the right answer to. But many have been led to a false assurance of their salvation, due to a misunderstanding of what the Gospel actually is, and that puts many people that profess Christianity into a dangerous position, which will lead to them crying, “Lord, Lord, didn’t we … in Your Name?” and Jesus replying, “Depart from Me; I never knew you.” Paul Washer answers these very important, basic questions, by God’s Word, in Gospel Assurance & Warnings, the third book in the Recovering the Gospel series.

Washer takes the call of God to “guard this treasure that has been entrusted to us”  (the Gospel,) seriously, believing that many that are lost are not hardened to the Gospel, but ignorant of what it really is, and that many who think they know what the Gospel is and that they believe it, are also ignorant–and also lost.

Because the Gospel has been distorted in many ways, Washer clearly explains the Gospel, as given by God in His Word, at the beginning of this book, desiring that all know the truth about this truly Good News. He also lays out how the reduction of the Gospel to easy-believism, decisionism, and faith in the “sinners prayer” has led to many of the problems the church deals with, (being filled with many who have falsely believed they are “saved”.)

Then he jumps into the meat of this topic. This book is divided into 2 parts, the first, Biblical Assurance, consists of 14 chapters, each covering an area of evidence of the Christian life, such as; walking in the light, confessing sin, keeping God’s commands, imitating Christ, rejecting the world, purifying one’s self, etc. Washer calls us to examine ourselves to see if we are indeed in the faith.

The second part of the book, Warning to Empty Confessors,  (5 chapters,) lays out the dangers of a false profession, as given in Scripture. Washer’s tone is never condemning, but rather that of compassion and warning. While he doesn’t pull any punches, he lays the full truth out there in love.

This book is not light and easy reading, but forces one to think through the truth of salvation and God’s Word. I think it is a good read for all who profess to “believe in Jesus”. I believe the results of reading this book will bring joy and biblical assurance to believers. I also pray that those who think they are saved, but have never really heard the true Gospel, and have trusted in their own decision and “good works”, will through this book hear the true Gospel, perhaps for the first time, and by Grace through Faith will be led to true repentance and conversion.

In this world where the Gospel has been so distorted by easy-believism, decisionism, and assurance in the “sinner’s prayer”, may Washer’s presentation of the Gospel, and God’s Word on how to be assured of salvation, and warnings to false believers, be a clarion call that God uses to prevent many, who would say, “Lord, Lord …”, from hearing “depart from Me; I never knew you.”

 

782946: Gospel Assurance and Warnings Gospel Assurance and Warnings
at ChristianBook.com

By Paul Washer / Reformation Heritage Books

Also available at Amazon.com – Gospel Assurance and Warnings (Recovering the Gospel Series)

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for my honest personal review of it.

The Truth of the Cross

The Truth of the Cross would be great reading this month, as we perhaps spend even more time reflecting on what Christ has done for us on the cross.

What, you don’t have much time for reading? Has Ligionier got a deal for you. They are offering the Truth of the Cross, in audiobook format, FREE for the month of April. Head over to their website to download it.

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Free Crucial Questions ebook series

The Crucial Questions series of 14 books by R.C. Sproul covers many important topics.

To further help Christians know what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it, and how to share it, the eBook editions of R.C. Sproul’s Crucial Questions series will be free forever.

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Links are provided to download these for Kindle through Amazon, for iPad/iPod/iPhone through iTunes and through Ligonier itself. (For those that don’t have an iTunes link, click the book name and download it from the Ligonier site.) Even if you don’t have a Kindle or i-device, these can be read on apps for such on your computer.

These are great books to add to your collection. Go download now.

Systematic Theology Course – FREE

Dr. Wayne Grudem teaching his Systematic Theology (the best IMO) is available on mp3 CDs – 119 classes – for FREE from Monergism (just pay postage.) We use his book for our teens. This will be a great addition to that course.

The Christian church has a long tradition of systematic theology, that is, studying theology and doctrine organized around fairly standard categories such as the Word of God, redemption, and Jesus Christ. This introduction to systematic theology has several distinctive features:
– A strong emphasis on the scriptural basis for each doctrine and teaching
– Clarity, with technical terms kept to a minimum
– A contemporary approach, treating subjects of special interest to the church today
– A friendly tone, appealing to the emotions and the spirit as well as the intellect
– Frequent application to life

 

Trusting God ~ Free Audiobook

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christianaudio’s free audiobook for February is Trusting God by Jerry Bridges.

When unexpected situations arise that appear unjust, irrational, or even dreadful, we feel confused and frustrated. And before long, we begin to doubt God’s concern for us or His control over our lives. Adversity is hard to endure and can even be harder to understand. If God were really in control, why would He allow the tragic auto accident or crucial job loss? How could He permit cancer in a loved one or the death of a child?

Grappling with His concern for us we ask, “Why is God allowing this?” or “What have I done wrong?” In an effort to strengthen his own trust in God during a time of adversity, Jerry Bridges began a lengthy Bible study on the topic of God’s sovereignty. What he learned changed his life, and he now shares the fruit of that study with you in Trusting God.

Click to get yours now-Free. – Feb. 2012

Knowing God – Free Audiobook

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christianaudio’s free audiobook for January is Knowing God by J.I. Packer.

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by J.I. Packer and read by Simon Vance

A lifelong pursuit of knowing God should embody the Christian’s existence. According to eminent theologian J.I. Packer, however, Christians have become enchanted by modern skepticism and have joined the “gigantic conspiracy of misdirection” by failing to put first things first. Knowing God aims to redirect our attention to the simple, deep truth that to know God is to love His Word.

Click to get yours now.

 

 

90 Days of God’s Goodness

God is Great! God is Good! Though in the midst of suffering some may doubt that. But our Sovereign Omnipotent Father sees the end from the beginning, and knows what we do not, and works all things for good to those who are the called and love Him.

90 Day’s of God’s Goodness: Daily Reflections that Shine Light in Personal Darkness (book or audio) is a typical devotional book of short daily reflections consisting of a Scripture Passage, a true story illustrating its application, and a short prayer. But this devotional is a book of God’s goodness, even through suffering in the lives of His children. It is about the Ultimate Good from the One who sees not just the trial of the moment, but the eternal outcome of it.

 

I enjoy Randy Alcorn’s writing, and this book was no exception. Hearing of others who have gone through the fire and come out refined is an encouragement to all who walk through any kind of suffering. It also shows how light our suffering may be compared to what others have triumphed through. God indeed is Good! God is Great!

 

I listened to the audio version of this book, which may prove to be a perfect format for a daily devotional for some as they get ready for the day. If you are looking for a daily devotional that will strengthen your faith, this is a good one.

 

I reviewed this audiobook as part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program. You can find this audiobook here.

If you’d prefer a print version, check this link (for 33% off) or for ebook click here.

 

 

Free Audiobook – Jesus: The Only Way to God

072635: Jesus: The Only Way to God--Must You Hear the Gospel to Be Saved? This month christianaudio is offering a Special free audiobook, in addition to their regular monthly free book. Holiness of God, by R.C. Sproul is the regular free audiobook for March. (Click to get it if you haven’t yet.) Jesus: the Only Way to God, by John Piper, is being offered Free from today until the end of the month also.

 

This may seem like a simple topic, and it is the only one Piper deals with in this book, but it is no doubt one that needs to be covered in Truth. It’s a short book, only 2.5 hours on audio. I just downloaded it, and am looking forward to listening.

 

About Jesus: The Only Way to God christianaudio says:

If the evangelical church at large 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, 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.

 

To order these books in print, rather than audio, (not free) click these links:

Holiness of God

Jesus: The Only Way to God – also available as a downloadable ebook.

 

072635: Jesus: The Only Way to God--Must You Hear the Gospel to Be Saved? Jesus: The Only Way to God–Must You Hear the Gospel to Be Saved?By John Piper / Baker Books

In this pluralistic world, the belief that Jesus is the only way to salvation is often called arrogant and hateful—causing many Christians to shrink from spreading the good news. Piper provides a biblical basis for why Jesus is still our only hope. His insights will encourage you to proclaim your beliefs to the nations! 144 pages, softcover from Baker.