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From Forgiven to Forgiving: Learning to Forgive One Another God's Way [Paperback]

By Jay Edward Adams (Author) & D. James Kennedy (Foreword by)
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When you've been wronged, the best thing to do is forgive and forget, right? That's what many Christians believe, but is it biblical? Adams dispels misconceptions about forgiveness, reveals God's true plan for absolution, and shows you how to apply it to your own relationships. Learn how to "forgive and forget" God's way. 175 pages, softcover from Calvary.

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What do the following statements about forgiveness have in common? Forgiveness is obtained through apologizing. The best thing you can do is "forgive and forget." You aren't forgiven until you feel forgiven. In this book, Dr. Jay Adams carefully explores all dimensions of the process of forgiveness.A He can help you understand biblical forgiveness from beginning to end and apply that understanding to everyday situations ranging from forgiving your straying spouse or prodigal child - and being forgiven by them as well.

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Studio: Calvary Press
Pages   175
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 22, 2007
Publisher   Calvary Press
ISBN  1879737124  
ISBN13  9781879737129  

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More About Jay Edward Adams & D. James Kennedy

Jay Edward Adams For over 40 years Dr. Jay Adams has been a modern day prophet calling God's people back from their dalliance with unbiblical psychological theory to a renewed confidence in the power of the Holy Spirit and the sufficiency of God's Word to equip the man of God to help his people with problems of living and relationship. Happily, many have heeded his call and over the years a movement, both deep and wide, has developed, consisting of pastors and other Christian workers who have been trained in and are practicing the kind of truly biblical counseling God intended for His people to receive.

Jay Edward Adams was born in Baltimore on January 30, 1929 and was born again about 15 years later in response to the reading of a New Testament that was given to him by a friend. He received his formal training at Reformed Episcopal Seminary (B.D.), Johns Hopkins University (A.B.), Pittsburgh-Xenia Seminary, Temple University School of Theology (M.ST.), and the University of Missouri (Ph.D.). He pastored churches in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, served as a denominational official, a professor at Westminster Theological Seminary, the director of the Doctoral program at Westminster Theological Seminary in California, and then as a church planting pastor in South Carolina. He was also the the founder of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation in Philadelphia, the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors, and Timeless Texts which now publishes his books.

In 1999 Dr. Adams retired from the pastorate of the church he had planted in South Carolina and has devoted his time to writing and lecturing. In the fall of 2001 the Redeemer Biblical Counseling Training Institute (RBCTI) was established at the Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, SC to provide a vehicle by which Dr. Adams could continue teaching.

When word got out that Dr. Adams was lecturing regularly again we began to get requests for tapes and inquiries about studying by extension. While many of the lectures Dr. Adams has given over the years are available from a variety of sources we have concluded that it would be a blessing to God's people if we could make a quality, structured, video taped course of study available for those who desire to be better equipped to minister the Word of God. Thus INS was born.

While health problems have restricted Dr. Adams' travel schedule, requiring him to slow down physically, he is still anxious to have an ongoing ministry, especially to pastors. He continues to write and though he has to sit behind a desk when he teaches, his lectures are still energetic, lively, and challenging. Those who have been enrolled at RBCTI this past year have given the Institute high marks and report it has been a great blessing in their lives and ministries.

Jay Edward Adams was born in 1929.

Jay Edward Adams has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Christian Counselor's Commentary
  2. Christian Counselor's Commentary
  3. Curso de Formacion Ministerial: Consejeria
  4. Ministry Monographs for Modern Times

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Pastors, PLEASE READ THIS BOOK...  Apr 13, 2008
...and help your church members to gain a biblical understanding of forgiveness. There is far too much superstition out there about this (and many other) subject(s) among Christians. BACK TO SCRIPTURE!!
Great, Eye-Opening Book  Dec 13, 2007
Forgiveness. You think it's an either you do or you don't kind of thing. Not really! Scripture has quite a bit to say about this subject that, frankly, is quite a bit different than what our culture, and even our churches are teaching. Jay Adams is direct, clear, and easy to follow. He makes this important subject make a lot more sense to me than it did before.
A Badly Needed Message for Christians  May 4, 2006
Forgiveness is an essential component of the Christian faith, not only in terms of God's forgiveness of our sins, but also in terms of our willingness to forgive others who hurt us. That much is clear from the Lord's prayer and many other scriptures.

Unfortunately, however, a lot of Christians distort scriptural teachings about forgiveness in a way which has the effect of preventing Christians from holding one another accountable for the sins they commit.

There is no doubt that we are required, as Christians, to love one another unconditionally. Unconditional forgiveness, on the other hand, is unbiblical.

God, after all, loves all human beings, even those who blatantly disregard God's laws. It was on account of God's infinite love that He sent Jesus to die for us on the cross.

God's love is unconditional. But God's forgiveness is conditional. And since our forgiveness of others who sin against us is supposed to be modeled on God's forgiveness of us, it therefore follows that our forgiveness of others should likewise be conditional.

It is true that God has made provision for every human being to be forgiven. But making provision for forgiveness, and forgiving, are two different things.

If God forgave every human being, there would be no Hell. Like it or not, though, Hell does exist. The only way to believe otherwise is to ignore or dismiss large portions of the Bible.

If God forgave everyone unconditionally, then it would be accurate to say that substantial numbers of people were destined to go to Hell, even though God had forgiven them! That makes no sense at all! Forgiveness is worthless if it does not alter the way in which the person who has been forgiven is treated.

When people are taught that they are responsible for forgiving people unconditionally, regardless of whether or not the people they forgive have repented or even acknowledged wrongdoing, it has the effect of making it impossible to hold people accountable for their actions. Yet, there are scriptures which make it clear that we are responsible for confronting offenders with their sins, and those scriptures make it equally clear that their responses to such confrontations are very relevant to how we ought to continue to treat them in the future.

I can't help but think that one of the main causes of various church-related scandals, such as the scandal involving sexually abusive Catholic priests, is our naive willingness to forgive people who have furnished us with no indication of their repentance or contrition. When people are forgiven unconditionally, despite their unwillingness to acknowledge wrongdoing, they have no incentive to repent, so the consequence is often that such people continue to commit similar sins. So there is a definite sense in which unconditional forgiveness has the effect of encouraging people to sin against one another and abuse one another.

By definition, any church doctrine which has the effect of encouraging or condoning sin is a heretical doctrine.

In my opinion, Jay Adams' book makes an enormous contribution to discussions on the subject of forgiveness. I highly recommend the book to every Christian.
Everything you never knew about forgiveness!  Apr 19, 2005
I have been attending Evangelical Christian churches for many years and have never heard anyone teach the aspects of forgiveness from a true Biblical perspective. Jay E. Adams gives so many different situations that all ages can benefit from this work, which I suspect will become a Christian classic. It awakened me to the distortions of forgiveness and forgiving, many of which I had previously accepted. It has blessed my life and and my relationships. It deserves 5+ stars.
Dangerous license to withhold forgiveness  Jan 8, 2005
Forgiveness from the heart: is the Christian obligated to forgive the unrepentant? Adams says no in the strongest terms. In fact, in footnote #10 he says, "Since the Bible requires at least an affirmation of repentance, it is wrong, and, therefore, sinful to grant forgiveness to those who do not care."

Adams errs in several ways. First, he fails to recognize two kinds of forgiveness. He fails to rightly distinguish between unconditional forgiveness from the heart and the verbal forgiveness that is made possible when someone repents (heart forgiveness vs verbal forgiveness). In fact, he says that forgiveness from the heart is not really forgiveness at all, just willingness to forgive.

Secondly, his comparison of God's forgiveness with human forgiveness is simplistic. He says that since we are to forgive like God, and since God requires repentance, so should we.

However, God has every right to make His forgiveness conditional because God is sovereign; God is holy; God punishes; and God judges. Jesus suffered and died for the sins of His people. The most painful and heart-rending forgiveness between humans is dwarfed by the magnitude of what God did so that He could forgive His people.

Jesus warns that those who refuse to forgive will not be forgiven. Dare we ignore this warning? Dare we encourage others to withhold forgiveness? The teaching of Jay Adams on inter-personal forgiveness is the blot that soils his legacy of so-called biblical counseling.

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