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The Gospel of Free Acceptance in Christ: An Assessment of the Reformation and 'New Perspectives' on Paul [Hardcover]

By Cornelis P. Venema (Author)
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The church is being challenged with "new perspectives" on Paul's doctrine of justification. This book examines both the "older perspectives" and the claims being made by those who propose a newer reading of the apostle's letters. This will enable a careful study of a very timely issue-the defense of the gospel itself.

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Studio: Banner of Truth
Pages   337
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.82" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.99"
Weight:   1.16 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2006
Publisher   BANNER OF TRUTH #535
ISBN  0851519393  
ISBN13  9780851519395  

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A masterful job!  Feb 20, 2010
Venema has done a masterful job. This book arrived three days ago, and I haven't been able to put down since. The author has done fine job of responding to N.T. Wright and others who are espousing 'new perspectives' on Paul, the gospel and the meaning of justification. Venema concludes, "The carelessness with which writers of the new perspective speak of a final justification on the basis of works threatens the heart of Paul's gospel, which teaches that the acceptance and standing of believers before God rests on the work of Christ alone. An unqualified doctrine of final justification, which is suspended upon the works of believers, is tantammount to 'another gospel' and merits the Paul's apostolic 'anathema' of Galatians 1:8-9.

Venema suggests that "At no time since the Reformation of the sixteenth century has justification taken centre stage as it has done in the biblical and theological discussions of the last ten years." Once again the truch church must "hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that...[we] may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it (Titus 1:9)." Indeed, we must stand ready to part ways with those who will teach any other gospel.

Since "the doctrine of justification by grace alone on account of Christ alone through faith alone... was [and is] the article of the standing or the falling of the church" the present discussion is an urgent one and one that cannot be avoided. The present debate is not one of mere scholastic interest. As Venema notes, "Whatever the gap between academy and pew, ideas tend to have legs that will eventually carry them into the church. Seminary students who are taught by professors sympathetic to the new perspective will likely allow the seeds to germinate and produce fruit in their own ministries."

This book comes as a gift to the church. May God help us fight the good fight of faith, so that we may one day say, with Paul, "to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you."
Justification: Free and Full Acceptance  Feb 10, 2010
Dr. Cornelis P. Venema, president and professor of doctrinal studies, Mid-America Reformed Seminary, Indiana, with precision and great depth scripturally instructs the reader on the problems involving aberrant views regarding Justification, including the New Perspective on Paul. Additionally he delivers the accurate biblical view of this essential Christian doctrine. Erudite, patient, and congenial, Dr. Venema in "The Gospel of Free Acceptance in Christ," reveals the truth, necessity, and importance of the biblical doctrine of justification by faith alone.

Much of this page-turner is outstanding exegetical and expositional scholarship of Professor Venema. In this volume the author converses:

- The history of the Reformation and Justification
- The advocates of the New Perspective
- The necessity of Expiation and Imputation
- Proper interpretation of important biblical texts (Book of Romans, etc.).

Romans 4:5-7 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, 6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:
7 " Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
And whose sins are covered.

Dr. Cornelis P. Venema is also the co-editor of the Mid-America Journal of Theology. His writings include Getting the Gospel Right, The Gospel of Free Acceptance in Christ. He earned his doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary.
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Clearly Delineating  Nov 26, 2007
Cornelis Venema accurately handles the issues relating to the New Perspective on Paul, yet with graciousness and humility. He demonstrates the proper use of the pertinent scriptural texts, staying in context and succinctly and efficiently exegeting the text. In the first half, Dr. Venema correctly identifies and represents the issues relating to justification throughout Reformation History. The second half, which is the real bread and butter of the book, and what makes the book truly worth it, Dr. Venema expends a considerable effort in the exegesis and application of the scriptural data. I commend this work to all who happen to be dealing with proponents of the New Perspective on Paul.

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