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Number of Pages: 288
Publication Date: 2004
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If God is love . . . Why are so many Christians fearful? Why do so many Church leaders sound hateful? Why does religion often create more pain than healing? What would it take for our world to become more gracious? In If Grace Is True, pastors Philip Gulley and James Mulholland revealed their belief that God will save every person.
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nonny stearns5 Stars Out Of 5July 3, 2009nonny stearnsThis book was God inspired and sent to me. I stumbled upon it, and it has articulated what I have always believed. What a blessing!!!I recommend this book to all seekers who are looking for The Almighty in churches, whose primary function seems to be in the business of building businesses and making money.Bless the authors, for the giving me this great gift. Nonny Stearns
Wes5 Stars Out Of 5September 6, 2007WesOne of the best books I have read in a long time. As a lover of recent books by Anne Lamott, Barbara Brown Taylor, and others, I found this book to bring a freshness to the message of grace that is much needed. For me, even as a pastor who agrees with most everything they read, I found myself challenged and delighted as they spoke truths to me in ways I had never before been able to bring to light. I have told all of my friends, "Run, do not walk, to the nearest book store or computer."
Diane Lapenna1 Stars Out Of 5September 1, 2006Diane LapennaThis man is an apostate of the faith. He does not believe the Word of God but believes what he wants to believe. I believe this book is extremely dangerous to believers but, especially, to the unsaved. He does not believe in Satan, nor does he believe in eternal punishment in hell. C.S. Lewis said, "if there was one doctrine he could change in the Word of God, he would take away the doctrine of hell being eternal punishment." But he knew it was real and anyone who rightly divides the Word knows that too. This book fits it nicely with the Apostasy of the Church in the latter days. Dangerous! Stay away!