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Overview What is salvation? How does God work this miracle in our lives? One of the greatest themes that challenges the mind of man is salvation. It is not a trivial subject; it is a matter of life and death. Many pastors and authors have attempted to expound upon it. Yet how difficult it is to comprehend God's grace that forgives all our sins every day and night, without preconditions, without works. Scholar and theologian Charles Ryrie writes on the subject of salvation with humility and compassion. He brings clarity where there is confusion. While he quotes carefully and accurately from a wide range of authors, his final authority is the Word of God. The gospel is the good news of the grace of God to give forgiveness and eternal life. So Great Salvation shows us that we can be confident of your salvation, certain we are forgiven by God, and sure we are destined for heaven.
Publishers Description What is the Gospel? Confusion about the Gospel is a serious problem of tremendous magnitude. It's not just semantics. It's the eternal difference between heaven and hell. But there is Good News. Follow along in this scholarly yet readable work as Dr. Ryrie carefully explains what the Bible has to say about salvation, discussing man's hopeless state before meeting Jesus, God's grace in saving us, and our call to obedience as we walk with Him. In "So Great Salvation," Dr. Ryrie also addresses many questions raised by those who hold to the lordship salvation position. Does Jesus have to be the Lord of every area of our lives before we are saved? What about backslidden Christians? What is 'easy-believeism?' Join Dr. Ryrie as he studies the important topic of salvation. Discover how God's grace is all we need to enter the kingdom of heaven
Awards and Recognitions So Great Salvation: What It Means to Believe in Jesus Christ by Charles C. Ryrie has received the following awards and recognitions -
Gold Medallion Book Awards - 1990 Winner - Theology/Doctrine category
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Studio: Moody Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.45" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 1997
Publisher Moody Publishers
ISBN 0802478182 ISBN13 9780802478184
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More About Charles C. Ryrie
CHARLES C. RYRIE (A.B., Haverford College; Th.M. and Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of Edinburgh; Litt.D., Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary) was a renowned author and scholar. He wrote numerous books, including The Ryrie Study Bible, Basic Theology, Balancing the Christian Life, The Holy Spirit, Dispensationalism Today, Revelation, Survey of Bible Doctrine, and So Great Salvation, which rank among his best-selling titles.
Charles C. Ryrie currently resides in Dallas.
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Legalist reviews convinced me... Jun 1, 2008
Well, as a former (and very very sad) legalist, after I read the reviews from the obvious legalists giving their reviews about this book, it convinced me it must be an excellent book, describing the TRUE way of salvation. Unfortunately for the practicing legalists (their posts are obviously negative), their "gospel" is not Good News at all, it is the same message that Satan used to beguile Adam and Eve..., 'Oh, did God really say...?' And yes, God really did say that it is by GRACE we are saved, not of works (ANY works), lest any man should boast. Saying God isn't adequate enough to save me, that I MUST do SOMETHING, is boasting.
Lucid, Pastoral Response to MacArthur May 17, 2006
Charles Ryrie's So Great Salvation was first published in the summer of 1989 as a response to John MacArthur's bestselling 1988 book The Gospel According to Jesus. As a response, it will be of most value to people who have read MacArthur's work.
The fundamental issue that divides Ryrie and MacArthur is a major one: What must a person do to receive salvation? Other associated issues arise: To be in God's family, must you submit to Christ as lord? What does it mean to repent and turn to Jesus Christ in faith? Do Christians always show visible signs of their regeneration by the Holy Spirit?
On these issues, there are similarities and differences between the authors. Both believe that Christians must bear fruit and be sanctified; the difference between them lies in Ryrie's willingness to allow that some Christians' fruit may never be visible to others. A far more critical distinction revolves around the issue of salvation. Ryrie contends that a person must believe in Jesus' death for your sins and his resurrection from the dead. To Ryrie, this is not a simple acknowlegment of some facts; rather, belief involves a trust in Christ. MacArthur, in contrast, argues that there must at least be a willingness to submit to Christ as lord when you turn in repentance and faith to Christ; Ryrie argues that such willingness often comes later and may never come.
These are important issues, and whether you agree or disagree with him, Ryrie tackles them succinctly and with clarity. He also displays a warm, pastoral concern for people that is mostly lacking from The Gospel According to Jesus. (MacArthur is much more concerned with being hard-hitting in his points. That's not to say that MacArthur is unloving, just that he expresses that love by sounding warning bells, while Ryrie is much softer in temperament and, often, more nuanced with his prose.)
Whether you agree or disagree with Ryrie may well depend on how much of a dispensationalist you are. Ryrie's dispensationalism leads him to draw sharp distinctions in several areas: between salvation and the Christian life, faith and works, Jesus' gospel (which Ryrie, as a premillenialist, sees as applying to a millenial kingdom) and Paul's gospel (which Ryrie sees as applying to our time today, the period that some dispensationalists call "the church age"), salvation and discipleship, receiving the gift of eternal life and repenting of sins, and positional sanctification and practical sanctification. MacArthur, on the other hand, sees all of these issues as being interrelated and an essential part of the life of a Christian.
Personally speaking, I'm neither a premillenialist nor a dispensationalist, so Ryrie's strong lines of demarcation don't sit well with me. This is particularly true of his contrast between "Jesus' gospel" and "Paul's gospel," a distinction that seems way out of left field and even dangerous to me. Ryrie also is too quick to label something that God leads you to do, such as baptism, a means of grace, as a human work. Additionally, I believe that MacArthur's correct in saying that the call to salvation is also a call to repentance, submitting yourself to the lordship of Christ, and discipleship; you cannot separate these elements of the Christian life.
Still, So Great Salvation is an important contribution to what was termed the "lordship salvation" debate that attracted much attention in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and which is still relevant today. On the positive side, So Great Salvation is just about as breezy of a read as theology books go; Ryrie covers his points simply but effectively, and with an economy of words. Even if you disagree with him, as I do, Ryrie makes his points charitably and effectively.
Salvation Free and Easy? Oct 4, 2005
The Bible agrees with Ryrie that salvation is by grace through faith alone and that it is a gift from God. But this is not to ignore the picture of a man dead in trespasses and sins, and that it is God that has quickened us (waken us up to our horrid condition), and prepared our hearts to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Ryrie thinks that repentance towards sin is a "work" for salvation, and uses this as a strawman to attack lordship salvation. However he fails to see that this repentance is not a "work" of the sinner, but is a condition GIVEN to the sinner by grace from God. It is a work of God on the sinner's heart to make him aware of his great needfulness for salvation, and draw him to the cross of Christ.
Ryrie devotes an entire chapter to Carnality, arguing that carnal Christians are still saved. That could be the case on a case by case basis, and who is to know how the Holy Spirit works in each Christian's life. However I'm afraid that some people reading this book will be lulled into thinking that they are "saved" and can still be carnal (which means that they are still dead in their trespasses and sin).
I really think he misinterprets the Lordship people, not that I'm in that camp either. So I urge the reader to consider both sides, and use the Bible as your guide. Take each of the scriptures quoted to illustrate each point of view, and look before and after to get the context to which it is used. Who is it addressed, what happened immediately before, and what was the effect. For example, the often quoted Ephesians 2:8 is preceeded by Ephesians 2:5 and followed by Ephesians 2:10.
Grace- it's too easy for some Jan 29, 2005
This book has literally saved my life. The freedom which Christ preached has been perverted for centuries by men who self righteously portray themselves as judges of mens souls instead of their actions alone. Certainly I can judge a mans deeds- but his soul is not my domain. Where he or she came from and the fruit they display in their lives is not mine to make SOUL judgements of- I may doubt their salvation- but to know is to truly play God. Lordship advocates talk of playing God by "easy believism and cheap grace" yet in reality their's is true playing of God. Churches where the hurt and empty can come and the "Easy (there's that word again) yoke" of Jesus can be taken have turned into looking good Christians with harsh attitudes and great fear that "you or I may not be doing it right". The fear that grace might lead to "go ahead and sin anyway" was answered by Paul in Romans 6- and he stated in Galatians that the gospel was an offense to the works righteous Jews of his day. While I won't judge the Lordships advocates souls I will say that it appears they would be appalled at the people Jesus hung out with.
Salvation in laymans terms Jan 8, 2004
This book was an excellent read and really clarified the issue of what it means to beleive in Jesus Christ. By no means an antinomian, Ryrie sets forth a clear exegesis of the issue of exactly 'what it takes' to be saved. He responds with integrity, balance, and grace to the Lordship salvation view.
Any serious born again Christian should ponder over this book. Most notable is his exegesis of the passage on the rich young ruler which lordhsip advocates take as a prime text for their view.