Saturday, August 3, 2013

Book Review: The Gospel Call & True Conversion

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Paul Washer's The Gospel Call & True Conversion "challenges such easy believism as he examines the real meaning of things like faith, repentance, and receiving Christ."

This book is a challenge for every Christian to thoroughly examine the manner in which they preach the gospel.  Through reading the well laid arguments of what the gospel is and is not, Paul Washer confronts the reader to examine the message they are preaching but more importantly how that gospel message has affected their lives.  Page after page, the reader is exhorted to examine his life to see if they are really in the faith according to the Bible and not based on a supposed declaration of faith that bore no fruit.  

The author  refutes the often misuse of the Scriptures themselves in evangelizing with numerous biblical references.  Clearly, this is not the author's opinion on the subject, but the truth found in the Bible which is too often neglected or flat out rejected to appease the carnal man.  The author does well to point out the consequences of catering to the carnal man.  Not only is the carnal man himself lost but he who preaches another gospel, which is no gospel at all, is equally lost.  

Paul Washer lays out the truths of the Bible clearly.  He demonstrates the fallacies of Western Christianity where the gospel is man-centered and rightfully so, redirects our attention to God, the One who began a good work in us is also faithful to complete it.  Not only does the gospel begin with God (because He is love) but also ends with Him (He is the One who gives the growth).  Our conversion is not based on a decision we once made but rather on His calling us.  Our remaining in Him is not based on our works but His through His Holy Spirit who is not only with us but in us.  

This book should set on the bookshelf of every Christian for two reasons.  First, we would do well to remind ourselves of the true gospel and evaluate our message in evangelizing.  Secondly, we would do better to test ourselves to see if we are really in the faith.  

Interview with Paul Washer:

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I received complimentary copy of this book from Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.

1 comment:

  1. The book seemed so interesting when I read the blurb. I should have picked one up for myself!

    Seems like a great read:)

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