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Alan and Pat live and work in Bordeaux. Alan is a pastor and Pat was a nurse. Now we work with UFM worldwide. Read on! (If you'd like to know what took us to Bordeaux, then start with the archives from September 2004)

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Review : Paul Washer : The Gospel Call & True Conversion

What is a Christian ? What is the Church ?

These are questions that face every pastor, preacher, Christian worker and everyone who professes to follow Jesus Christ. What is a Christian ? What is the Church ?

Other questions flow from them. What is an evangelical ? What is the gospel ? What is salvation ? Is evangelicalism a style ? A culture ? A current ? A movement ?

In this book Paul Washer takes us back to the Bible, and not just by quoting proof texts but by looking closely at what the Bible says when it speaks of salvation, of the Christian's nature and life and of the people of God.

And it's a very good book. It deals with guilt, not just as feelings but as fact. It deals with repentance, not just as feelings of sorrow but as a radical change of heart and mind and life. It deals with the call to discipleship and to serve Christ as Lord. It deals with the believers incorporation into the people of God. It scratches us where we itch.

It's a very wise book. Washer doesn't confront individuals or cite situations or name names, but he does confront the way evangelicalism thinks today and presents a biblical understanding of the grace of God in Christ.

I am sure the book will do a lot of good. How much good depends on the authority the reader gives to the Bible. Sadly sometimes lip-service is done to Biblical authority - so that where the Scriptures confront our way of thinking in the end we are judge and the Eternal Word is subject to my changing thoughts, attitudes, opinions and fancies. History shows that it was ever so.

Faced with that we are often swimming against the tide. It's hard to avoid drift. We need help, the occasional rope to cling on to to help us get back on track.

So all power to Paul Washer. May God use this book and others like it to purify our hearts and minds.

If you consider yourself to be, or aspire to be an evangelical Christian I strongly urge you to read this book slowly and thoughtfully, and to let it click you back, reset you, restore you to a more biblical view of God, man and the Good News of the Grace of God in Jesus Christ.

2 comments:

Stephen Dunning said...

This is the second book of three on the gospel. The first is The Gospel's Power and Message, and I don't know the title of the proposed third book. Looking at the first book made me realise that we will need the whole series to get a fully rounded understanding of what he is saying.

Alan Davey said...

Oh no ! And they only gave me book 2 to review.

Still, I did my best with the limited means at my disposal. Nobody can reasonably ask for more.

Heed friend Dunning ! Read all three books ! ( You can read books one and two now, ponder them long and hard, and then when book three comes out you may get a fully rounded understanding of what he is saying. )