Saturday, April 26, 2014

Book Review: Gospel Assurance & Warnings

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In Gospel Assurance & Warnings, Paul Washer 'shines the light of gospel hope as he cautions against the dangers of making an empty profession of faith and carefully explains from Scripture the basis for establishing and maintaining a sound assurance of faith.'

Having read Paul Washer's second book in his Recovering the Gospel series, I looked with anticipation at being able to read the third part.  I was not disappointed.  The making of a well written book is one that takes you to the Scriptures and not man's opinion.  Washer does just that.  Each page is saturated with Scripture references.  

The book is divided into two sections.  The first part is titled Biblical Assurance and the second part is titled Gospel Warnings, or Warnings to Empty Confessors.  In this book, Washer takes us through 1 John to demonstrate how the believer can be assured of his salvation and how the unbeliever should be convicted of his lost state.  The distinctions Washer makes are relevant.  Preaching a watered-down gospel produces false converts.  The consequences are catastrophic--leading multitudes to hell.

Washer is not condemning nor condescending.  He sticks to the Word of God as the ultimate authority. The severity of the subject matter and the love Washer has for the souls is evident.  After each chapter, there are personal reflections, warnings, and encouragement.  

His exposition of Scripture will give you plenty to contemplate.  One of my favorite parts is his clarification of eternal life on page 148:

The first, most common error is to regard eternal life as merely a quantity of time rather than a quality of life and ignore the nature of it.  

This book serves not only as a warning to the false convert, but as an admonishment to the believer.  Let us not grow weary.  

I highly recommend this book for every believer so that through reading it, he may be reassured concerning his salvation and encouraged to remain in Jesus.  

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

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