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Definite Atonement & Antinomianism

Two new resources our readers should be aware of are the following:

From Heaven He Came and Sought Her: Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective. If you want to know why this book was written watch this video. And here is an interview with one of the editors David Gibson. Ligon Duncan comments on the book in this video.

I get the impression (I’ve encountered some) there are individuals who believe that justification should not lead to our sanctification. I can’t imaging they would put it in those term, but that is certainly what their theology boils down to. So whenever one speaks of doing good works, living they way Christ lived, etc. they say you’re putting them back under the law, and they automatically run to their justification. “Don’t put me under the law, bro!”

Now, perhaps there are ministers of the “gospel” who are simply preaching moralism. This is wrong and we should react to it. But one can not swing in the other direction and believe, that gospel obedience is foreign to the normal life of the Christian. As a matter of fact, in the great commission, the church is given the mandated to teach believers to obey Christ. John tell us that our walk and our talk should coincide with one another. “the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as that One (Jesus) walked” (1 Jn. 3:6).

This is why I’m thankful that Mark Jones has written Antinomianism: Reformed Theology’s Unwelcome Guest? You can read the first chapter by clicking here. You can check out two recent interviews with Dr. Jones here and here

Enjoy!

Systematic Theology (New Books)

FYI:

Two new books to note:

John Frame’s new Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief, which is %50 off now through the 14th of November. You can read a bit of the book by clicking here.

One more that might be worth taking a look at is Michael Bird’s Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic Introduction. Read a bit of it by clicking here.

UPDATE: I was informed by a friend that the reader needs to be cautious with Michael Bird on Justification.

Enjoy!

Covenental Apologetics on Sale

Friends, if you are thinking about getting this book, at 60% off, you’ll want to get it now. Click here to purchase.

Here is a good interview that Justin Taylor conducted with Dr. Oliphint, on the topic of his book.

Apologetics Resources

A few things I want to mention this morning:

Here is a short video of Dr. Scott Oliphint describing his new book, and the use of the term “Covenantal” Apologetics as opposed to “Presuppositional” apologetics. I personally like the term “covenantal apologetics” because of the theological implications. Lord willing, in about month I begin reviewing Dr. Oliphint’s new book. Oh, I guess I should mention the book itself: due out July 2013 is Covenantal Apologetics: Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith (Crossway).

After you watch the above video, check out How to Answer the Fool: a Presuppositional Defense of the Faith (due out in May) which features our friend Sye Ten Bruggencate. Need to insert “covenantal” in that title. 🙂

Bill McKeever and Aaron Shafovaloff (of Mormonism Research Ministry) have been responding to the video with Richard Mouw and Robert Millet at Eerdmans: Part 1 Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.

That’s all!