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".A masterful and enlightening analysis of the frightening theological errors of a major and widely publicized Christian teacher/leader. As a commonly referenced 'grand old man' of the faith, even in secular news magazines, his false gospel is especially dangerous to the true Church. It seems the key failure in Stott is, 'emotionally I find the concept intolerable'. In the face of the reality of hell what else are people supposed to do but sear their conscience or crack under the strain and fall at the foot of the Cross!!" -- Dr. Gary L. Almy, author of "How Christian Is Christian Counseling?"
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More About C. H. Spurgeon
C. H. Spurgeonserved for thirty years as preacher and pastor of London s six-thousand-seat Metropolitan Tabernacle, which his growing congregation opened in 1861. His writings, including thousands of sermons, are still popular with pastors and devotional readers.
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Vital, Educational, & Compelling all weaved together... Jan 18, 2008
A topic that is too often overlooked, but far too important than most people will ever come to realize - especially before its too late. The example that Jim Cronfel illustrates here is a typical example of how such pertinent doctrines get rejected even from among respected teachers, (certainly cannot assign a title of scholar to a John Stott, in-light of the distortions of God's Word that he proliferates).
Jim Cronfel, does a great job of systematically describing all the Majors (important non-negotiables) of a true professing Christian heart. While thoroughly exposing the errant doctrines in Stott's work, he theologically explains what the Bible's standing is on the Major issues of accepting Original Sin, Penal Substitution - Atonement, Justification, and the punishment of Eternal Conscious Torment as the basis for one's salvation.
This book gets at the heart of illustrating the true biblical measure of the Christian faith, and one's salvation. It provides us with a benchmark to where we are being misinformed and misled by respected authors. As sincere believers in Christ, this will help to identify where we may have been led astray, thereby missing the mark, being left empty, and possibly even jeopardizing our own eternal destiny. This book in the very least will be quite educational to any believer.
While I believe Jim uses John Stott as a perfect example of such distortion, it greatly disappoints me that he didn't take the opportunity to expand on many more of these teachers that we need to be warned about. While this book falls short in exposing more of the teachers that proliferate these dangerous doctrines, this book does not fall short in its systematic expounding on the theological understanding of what is required of a true heart of a born-again of the Spirit Christian.
Whether Stott is truly deceived or intentionally deceiving, I don't have any idea. I had read a quote that Stott had supposedly changed his view. This should be taken with great caution, because if a true Christian did make this claim - true repentance would remove all false doctrines from the store shelf and thereby also renounce the reaping of financial gain. It is that kind of repentant heart that can rectify and secure a persons' right place of eternal destiny.
This book will in the very least, allow you to make an informed decision on your own walk with Christ and critically evaluate your own eternal destiny.
I John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
This is a topic often avoided because of the toughness people would rather not believe, but remember why we are warned in the Bible...
II Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
This is just one example the book uses to profoundly illustrate the seriousness of these matters:
"He who denies that he deserves eternal death cannot be saved from it so long as he persists in his denial... the error prevents penitence for sin, and this prevents pardon." Shedd, The Doctrine of Endless Punishment., 5
"Nor, as we have seen, has Christ by his sacrifice prevailed upon God to pardon us." Stott, The Cross of Christ, 173
controversvial but required--- the author, Jim Cronfel. Dec 27, 2007
The Cross of Christ Basic Christianity (Ivp Classics) Evangelical Essentials: A Liberal Evangelical Dialogue
Books that refute annihilationism:
Doctrine of Endless Punishment Repent or Perish: With a Special Reference to the Conservative Attack on Hell (John Gerstner (1914-1996))
Read parts of Eternal Christianity at Google:
This Sermon endorses Eternal Christianity: http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41807215916
Martin Luther is quoted in in my book on page 22 from Modern Reformation Magazine (Nov/Dec 1998) making infinite revelation (begining with inifintie sin and death) as opposed to finite human reason essential for a saving understanding of Justification by Faith Alone:
"Finite] Reason is naturally self-justifying, Luther says ... the law comes to condemn, as the preparation for the gospel, telling the person what his self-justifying reason would not: that he is a sinner. ... The person [is] thus humbled, [3 Justification] given the gift of faith in Christ, will then trust God even when God tells him that the penalty for sin is death -- [1 Original Sin] be that the death of the sinner or [2 Atonement] the death of the Substitute. ... it would be utterly insane for the reason of finite creatures to ignore the limits prescribed by the infinite God's revelation."
This same conclusion was also predicted by WGT Shedd in his treatment "The Doctrine of Endless Punishment" (as quoted on my page 53:
"He who denies that he deserves eternal death cannot be saved from it so long as he persists in his denial... the error prevents penitence for sin, and this prevents pardon"
1) By definition Dr. Stott as an annihilationist denies Original Sin, "The infnite death of the sinner" (as quoted in my book on page 32 from his book Evangelical Essentials page 318):
"Would there not, then, be a serious disproportion between sins consciously committed in time and torment consciously experienced throughout eternity?"
2) Hence also by definition, he finitly violate Luther's second infinite revelation of Atonement: "the infinite death of the Substitute"; (as quoted on my page 46 from his The Cross of Christ on page 329-330):
"Christ bore our sins and died our death because of his love and justice, we must not think of it as expressing eternal sin-bearing..."
3) Therefore Luther and Shedd are proven correct in thier rejection of finite human reaasn for "the infinite GOd's revelation" of Justififcation (Pardon) by Faith Alone when we see how on my page 53 I am able to quote Dr. Stott's The Cross of Christ (page 173) denying pardon from what he inisisted was not a sacrifice of "eternal sin-bearing" for what he also instisted was not "eternal sin" to begin with.
"Nor, as we have seen, has Christ by his sacrifice prevailed upon God to pardon us." --The Cross of Christ page 173
The conclusion is that all annihilationism ignores the limits prescribed by "the infinite God's revelation" and amounts to self-justifying fintie human reason. Dr. Stott is no envagelcial and rejects Justification by Faith Alone both by definition and in his own writing.
All evangelical endorsements and association with Dr. Stott is antichrist.
On Evangelical Annihilationism Jul 28, 2007
There are three works compiled in this book, one entitled Systematic Annihilationism by author Mr. Cronfel, one from Spurgeon's sermons and one from Calvin's tracts. In the work of Mr. Cronfel, one will find a critique of evangelical annihilationism espoused by prominent Evangelical Theologians of note. Specifically the book responds to the well known position of Rev. Dr. Stott that sides with annihilationism. It is a fair enough treatment of the subject in that the author tackles the heart of the issue - that of what sin is and why it is punished by God. Indeed, depending on what one understands these to be, will determine one's understanding of the atonement of the Lord Jesus. Hence, will also influence one's view of the final eternal states of believers and unbelievers alike. The work has ample documentation that the reader can check for accuracies and context. The citations are open for the reader to judge i.e. if the assertions therein are fair or unreasonable. Whatever the reader's conclusions might be, the reader will be led to reflect again on the major themes like original sin, justification, faith, the resurrection etc. found in Christianity, and this is always a beneficial exercise.
Under-researched and overly exaggerated conclusions Jun 10, 2007
Cronfel's book sets out to deal with the theology of John Stott. While the book is 195 pgs, Cronfel only writes 66 of them as the rest are re-publications of texts from Charles Spurgeon and John Calvin. This review will be limited to Cronfel's section alone.
The key presupposition in this book is that "everything [Stott] has written is affected by annihilationism" (16), and Cronfel's concern is given near the end of the section he wrote: "The only thing that matters is winning the 'argument' in God's eyes" (78).
The book begins with a bang by claiming in the preface that Stott denies original sin. As the first chapter begins, Cronfel quickly asserts that "Stott [also] rejects justification by faith alone" and that his annihilationist views also result in "unrepentance" (14). The issue at hand, Cronfel argues, is that there cannot be "a gospel without hell" (17). Shortly thereafter, he moves on to state that "[a]nnihilationists do not believe in heaven or hell or their need for an eternal sacrifice on their behalf" (18; unfortunately, at this point, Cronfel has neither proved this point nor has he shown where this may be the case). He then concludes that Stott "needs to be saved" (19; at other points Stott is called 'unsaved'  and 'unconverted, soulless' ).
In the next section (An Introduction to Eternal Christianity), Cronfel begins by assuming that "the entire Bible is eternal" (20). Without clarifying this ambiguous statement, he moves forward to argue that "if we deny eternity, we deny existence" (20) which, to me, also remains unclear as to what he's trying to argue. Finally, Cronfel begins to clear up his argument, noting that "if our heaven is eternal, so will be our hell" (21) and that "conversion depends upon the awareness in this life of eternal hell" (22). Thus, if hell is removed or seen as finite, there is no reason for conversion and revival cannot take place (cf. 24). Cronfel ultimately argues that hell is eternal, and so is sin (cf. 31). Thus, annihilationists (like Stott) reject sin, the atonement, sola fide, and are legalistic. The rest of Cronfel's section continues with similar arguments, eventually getting to a "top ten" list of "excuses" for propagating Stott's eternal perdition. Number 2 is "this is a poorly written book." Perhaps my review will be written off by him (or others) in this fashion as I do not agree with Cronfel's claims about Stott.
Cronfel also has some rather odd/interesting assertions worth quoting: He has been "more faithful to [Stott] than his own assistant and publisher and fans" (15); Those at Westminster Seminary in CA "taught [Cronfel] what original sin is, and they don't know it themselves" (17); "Imputation is about finite math... [it] is the key to all Scripture" (25); "Christianity is not about giving your heart to Christ or following Him. It is about the fear of God" (79), among others.
Unfortunately, there are multiple writing errors in the book (e.g. two in the Preface alone) and there are footnotes that cite a source and yet fail to give the page numbers (e.g. fn 7, 9, 14, etc.). This may say more about Holy Fire Publishing than it does Cronfel.
Also, the books research is grossly limited. Cronfel confines himself to only three of Stott's books: The Cross of Christ, Basic Christianity, and Evangelical Essentials. How can such dogmatic conclusions about a persons spiritual state be drawn from only 3 books when Stott has authored more than 42 books, edited 14 books, and has written 500 chapters, essays, articles, and booklets?
Overall, the argument of this book is disjointed, drawing conclusions in the early pages that would only be appropriate after research and other arguments have shown such conclusions to be the case. Thus, his early "conclusions" are mere assertions that provide little proof. These assumptions then serve as a springboard for greater claims, ultimately calling Stott a non-believer based on Cronfel's overly-selective evidence. Even where I may think he's onto something, I remain skeptical and do not trust his conclusions due to his lack of research and exaggerated claims.