A few weeks ago I received from Reformation Trust Publishing (a division of Ligonier Ministries) a couple of their new publications.
One is None Other: Discovering the God of the Bible by John Macarthur (2017, 133pp.). The publisher gives this by way of summary:
The Bible’s teaching on God’s love, holiness, and sovereignty is often met with questions about human responsibility, suffering, and evil. If God is in control of everything, can we make free choices? If God is good and all-powerful, how can we account for natural disasters and moral atrocities? Answers to these questions are often filled with technical jargon and personal assumptions that don’t take into account the full scope of biblical truth.
In None Other: Discovering the God of the Bible, Dr. John MacArthur shows that the best way to discover the one true God is not through philosophical discourse but a careful study of Scripture—the primary place where God has chosen to reveal Himself.
These are the chapter titles:
- The God of the Bible is Gracious [strikingly about sovereign election!]
- The God of the Bible is Sovereign
- The God of the Bible is Good and Powerful
- The God of the Bible is Holy
- The God of the Bible is Loving
- The God of the Bible is a Saving God
In that first chapter Macarthur makes this statement, which sets the tone for all he says about God’s sovereign election of some sinners to salvation in Christ:
Frankly, the only reason to believe in election is because it is found explicitly in God’s Word. No man, and no committee of men, originated this doctrine. It’s like the doctrine of eternal punishment: it conflicts with all the natural inclinations and preferences of the carnal human mind. It’s repugnant to the sentiments of the unregenerate heart. And – like the doctrine of the Holy Trinity and the miraculous birth of our Savior – the truth of election, because it has been revealed by God, must be embraced with simple, solemn, settled faith. If you have a Bible and you believe what it says, you have no choice (p.8).
The second new RTP title is A Time for Confidence: Trusting God in a Post-Christian Society, authored by Stephen J. Nichols (2016, 152pp.).
Concerning it the publisher gives this brief summary:
As members of a society that is quickly abandoning its Christian past, followers of Christ often feel disoriented or even frightened. When human leaders and political advocates fail us, doubts arise and the road to compromise beckons.
In this book, Dr. Stephen J. Nichols points to the almighty God as the source and ground of our confidence. Though the whole world may shake around us, His kingdom is unshakable. This is a time for confidence.
The chapter headings are as follows:
- A Time for Confidence
- Confidence in God
- Confidence in the Bible
- Confidence in Christ
- Confidence in the Gospel
- Confidence in Hope
In that first chapter, after describing the dark and dangerous time in which we are living – culturally and ecclesiastically, Nichols writes this:
We live in a momentous time. Through the technological advances of our age, information can be disseminated instantly. Change, even dramatic and substantive change, can occur rapidly. Consequently, the stakes are high. Change occurs rapidly, and it already has. There seems to be a seismic shift occurring. We easily think of the changes occurring now as indicating that far worse things are to come. Like tremors before an earthquake, we all simply assume the worse is yet to come.
We see the cultural shifts and capitulations and we instinctively know they only portend worse things yet. The world is coming to an end (again).
But this is not a time to cower, cave, or capitulate. It is a time for confidence, and our confidence must be in the right place. Or, better to say, our confidence must be in the right person. Our confidence must be in God. All else will disappoint” (pp.14-15).
If either of these books is of interest to you for reading and reviewing in the Standard Bearer, let me know. Both look to be good reads!