Saturday, December 7, 2013

Review of Five Points by John Piper

            If you are familiar with Piper at all then you know how much he loves Christ, the body and the Book. In this short book he gives us a good introduction in to the doctrines of Grace (a.k.a. Calvinism). He does something very interesting instead of sticking with the old acronym TULIP he switches the place of irresistible grace, and unconditional election. However, he does it in a way that it does not feel disjointed it actually seems to flow better; each chapter he writes builds upon its successor.
            Before he gets in to the points themselves he gives us a brief history lesson which I for one did appreciate. He tells the reader things like, “So the so-called Five Points were not chosen by the Calvinist as a summary of their teaching.  They emerged as a response to the Arminians who chose these five points to disagree with.” (pg. 12) He spends the majority of the rest of the book giving us detailed yet concise material dealing with each of the five points, and closes the book out with his and other pastor’s testimonies in how important Calvinism is to the faith, read especially the testimonies of Whitfield and Spurgeon. 

            I would happily recommend this work to anyone and everyone. It does not matter if you have been part of a reformed tradition for years this book can help you explain/argue your stance much better. And if you have no idea what I have been talking about this is a great introduction into reformed theology. I was given a copy of this work in exchange for a fair review, I did not have to give this book a good review in order to receive it.  So go pick up a few copies and have them to give out to those you know and those you don’t.   

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