From The Pastor At St. Paul's UCC, Freeburg, IL

12 What Abouts

Well this post isn’t from my Nook, but it’s from a book I’ve been reading on my Nook: Twelve What Abouts: Answering Common Objections Concerning God’s Sovereignty in Election, by John Samson.He has many quotes from other authors which are memorable, such as this from Spurgeon:

Men will allow God to be everywhere except on His throne.

Or this from A. A. Hodge, in response to the objection that if salvation is by God’s election alone, evangelism is useless:

If God has eternally decreed that you should live, what is the use of your breathing? If God has eternally decreed that you should talk, what is the use of your opening your mouth? If God has eternally decreed that you should reap a crop, what is the use of your sowing the seed? If God has eternally decreed that your stomach contain food, what is the use of your eating?

I do enjoy a snappy theologian! But Samson himself has some good stuff to say. Here’s how he characterizes the “pendulum swing” of an over emphasis on the wrath of God to an over emphasis on the love of God:

Though at one stage in Church history, the Church over-emphasized the wrath and judgment of God…yet now the pendulum has fully swung the other way and all that many people have ever heard about is a very shallow and unbiblical presentation of the love of God. I remember some time ago reading through the book of Acts taking special notice of the preaching of the Apostles. What was it that they preached? What did they emphasize? What was the sum and substance of the Apostles’ preaching? I was more than shocked when this process revealed that…now wait for it…the Apostles never mentioned the love of God…not even once. This is not to say that God doesn’t love people. Far from it. But it was quite a shock to my thinking to realize that the love of God was not in view, especially as it is the “only” thing in view of much of the Church world today.

The Twelve Objections Samson deals with are:

  1. What about the love of God?
  2. What about free will?
  3. What about God’s foreknowledge?
  4. What about John 3:16?
  5. What about 2 Peter 3:9?
  6. What about 1 Timothy 2:4?
  7. What about Matthew 23:37?
  8. What about 1 Timothy 4:10?
  9. What about John 12:32?
  10. What about Reprobation
  11. What about lost loved ones?
  12. What about prayer and evangelism?

His answers to these “what abouts” are fairly brief but quite Biblical. Easy to read, it will challenge your mind to think. You can buy it through Amazon or Monergism.

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2 responses

  1. Pingback: Book Review | Effectual Grace

  2. Hi Pastor Earl,

    Many thanks for your kind words regarding my book. I appreciate your review very much.

    May God bless you and your ministry richly.

    February 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm

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