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Overview Provides today's Christians with a thorough understanding of justification, the foundation of Christianity. Scholarly, yet accessible writing, promises valuable exposition to pastors, teachers, and Bible class leaders alike.
Publishers Description A Comprehensive Study of the Doctrine of Justification
The history of the Christian church pivots on the doctrine of justification by faith. Once the core of the Reformation, the church today often ignores or misunderstands this foundational doctrine. Theologian James White calls believers to a fresh appreciation of, understand of, and dedication to the great doctrine of justification and then provides an exegesis of the key Scripture texts on this theme.
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Studio: Bethany House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.41" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.93" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2007
Publisher BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS #7
ISBN 0764204815 ISBN13 9780764204814
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More About James R. White
James R. White is the author of several acclaimed books, including "The God Who Justifies" and "The Forgotten Trinity." The director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization, James also blogs at www.aomin.org. He and his family live in Phoenix, Arizona. Shabir Ally holds an MA and a PhD from the University of Toronto. He is the president of the Islamic Information & Dawah Centre International in Toronto, where he functions as Imam. He explains Islam on a weekly television program called "Let the Quran Speak."
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The God Who Justifies Feb 12, 2008
We are using this book for our church's Men's Theology class. The first part of the book is very interesting and thorough. Great treatment of the subject. Starting about half way through, the author uses a significant amount of Greek to go more in depth. Unfortunately, unless you are a student of the Greek language, it makes the book significantly more difficult to read. We just started the Theology class and our instructor will get us through it, but it could be tough for new believers or those without any knowledge of the Greek.
All Glory To God Sep 23, 2007
James White is an apologist. As a Professor and pastor, he has more flight time than all NASA's astronauts combined, debating and establishing the truth. So hopefully this serves as a primer for what to expect from him in written form.
The book lives up to expectation. It is a hefty subject, which White does not hesitate in presenting the Calvinistic view. This leads then to the one vital point of discussion amongst the major Christian divisions. And so White interacts with Catholicism as well, explaining sufficiently how their works theology was insufficient in attaining righteousness.
'Nothing can be a more convoluted view of what is an instantaneous act in the Word of God.' John MacArthur
Catholics are real hard nuts to crack. They somehow look past the all-important fact that their works theology is an attack on the sufficiency of the Cross and the efficacy of the Atonement. Imputation, Propitiation, Justification and Atonement remain warped in their world. To add to this, the Charismatic and Pentecostal pendulum swings heavily in their direction.
White provides ample theology upfront, and then enters into the last third of the book explicating the verses in contention. So there is a lot of Greek and LXX etc. investigation and formulation involved in his work.
'But man's religion cannot bear a perfect work of salvation that gives no place to man. The very nature of these religious systems requires that salvation be conditional upon continued works on the part of the followers. The idea of failure, falling away, has to be held over their heads by those who wish to control thru religious power.' pg 121
I found White to be a great teacher, who apologizes in the modern sense as well as the old. The many references to Luther etc. also added a touch of history to the whole.
This modern work which defers to the old greats, is definitely up there with the best, on this subject. It sits high up on my book shelf and will never venture far from my sight.
A Solid and Passionate Defense of the Biblical Doctrine of Justification May 21, 2007
Martin Luther described the doctrine of justification - the topic of this book - as the article of faith that determines whether the church is standing or falling. Speaking of Luther, James Buchanan writes, "By this he meant that when this doctrine is understood, believed, and preached, as it was in New Testament times, the church stands in the grace of God and is alive; but where it is neglected, overlaid, or denied, as it was in medieval Catholicism, the church falls from grace and its life drains away, leaving it in a state of darkness and death" (14).
Justification, properly (and here briefly) defined teaches that God, solely out of sovereign mercy and grace, declares repentant sinners righteous on the basis of the perfect righteousness and subtitutionary death of Jesus Christ alone. This gift of justifcation is accessed by the believer through faith alone and is wholly apart from any works. Faith itself is not a work, nor does it contain any merit - rather, faith is merely the empty hands of the sinner laying hold of the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ - a righteousness that matches God's perfect standard of righteousness because it is, in reality, God's righteousness.
White, in his weighty, passionate, thorough, and nourishing treatment of justification, examines the historical and contemporary significance of a proper and highly nuanced understanding of the doctrine, and provides the exegetical basis for it from key texts like Romans 1-3:18, 3:19-31; 4:1-5:1 and 8:28-34. In the latter portion of the book, White also deals with problems raised in the book of James where some contend that Paul is contradicted by James' statement that Abraham was justified by works (James 2:14-26). White further bolsters the truth of justification by tapping into other texts like Galatians 1-3, II Corinthians 5:17-21, Titus 3:4-7 and Ephesians 2:1-10, demonstrating the unity of the New Testament regarding this particular doctrine.
Every New Testament text quarried is examined in the original language. For each key text studied, White provides the Greek reading of the text with an English translation following. White often references and discusses Greek words, phrases, and grammer throughout the book as well, so some knowledge of the original language is helpful, though probably not essential. A lay-person who does not have any working knowledge of Biblical Greek will, I believe, also greatly benefit from this book.
'The God who Justifies' a solid and heart-felt treatment of the glorious - and often neglected - doctrine of justification. It is not a quick read, and it is not an easy read. But the riches mined by a careful, prayerful and thoughtful reading of this book are more than worth it. I highly recommend it.
James R White is Tough! Mar 23, 2007
I am constantly amazed at White exegetical prowess. This volume is quite scholarly. His approach to the doctrine of justification is significant. Of particular interest to me is to discover that sola fide was not original with Luther, but predates him and there are documentation to show. Rome again cannot answer this. Thank you, White!
Expounding on the Doctrine of Justification Aug 6, 2005
Dr. James White in "The God who Justifies" expounds on the doctrine of Justification like a true theologian can, but preaches like a preacher should. This book is not for the theologically shallow and uses alot of Greek. For the well informed lay Christian, even with out the knowledge of Greek can still benifit greatly.