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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2006
Jesus Christ did not die on the cross so you and I could have a nice day.
Ministers and teachers who water down the gospel of Christ in order to make it more popular and appealing may be leading their fun-loving audiences down the road to eternal punishment.
This book is John MacArthur's unflinching, unapologetic treatise on the modern tendency to alter the true message of Christianity in order to meet the whims and desires of a culture hoping for nonconfrontational messages, easy answers, and superficial commitments.
Too many people just want a Madison Avenue Jesus to make them well, make them happy, and make them prosperous. But Jesus Christ isn't a personal genie. He is the Savior. He died in agony to satisfy the wrath of a holy God and to forgive the sins of humankind. Faith in Him demands a willingness to make any sacrifice He asks. The hard truth about Christianity is that the cost is high, but the rewards are priceless: abundant and eternal life that comes only from faithfully follwing Christ.
John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of the Masters University and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. Grace to You radio, video, audio, print, and website resources reach millions worldwide each day. In more than four decades of ministry, John has written dozens of bestselling books, including the MacArthur New Testament Commentary series, The Gospel According to Jesus, Twelve Ordinary Men, Twelve Extraordinary Women, Slave, and The MacArthur Study Bible. He and his wife, Patricia, have four married children and fifteen grandchildren.
tootsdadRocklin, Calif.Age: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5This book totally confirmed God's truth.March 30, 2013tootsdadRocklin, Calif.Age: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Anyone who supposes being a Christian in an easy fix for salvation will get a wake-up call reading this book. When we consider everything our God is offering us when we believe in His son, the operative word is 'believe'.
Doctor MacArthur points out that this word is more complex than just saying; "I believe" and not considering what it is that believing really means and what is required of us.
Consider the rich young ruler who wanted to know what he needed to do to have eternal life and the decision he ultimately made.
MuffinRifle, CoAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great ReadOctober 10, 2012MuffinRifle, CoAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Really gives you food for thought that following our Lord Jesus Christ is not just saying a few words but a lifestyle change and heart committment.
David GoughAlexandria, VAAge: 55-65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Declaring the Gospel-in-full!September 5, 2012David GoughAlexandria, VAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4It is an insult to God to water down the Gospel. He who surrendered the life of His Son in order to fully reveal His mercy and grace to sinful man deserves to have His Gospel proclaimed "in full." John MacArthur writes to a culture that tends to reduce the narrow message of salvation to one of inclusivism or "anything goes." If, as an earlier reviewer puts it, the author is "in your face," it is because "the high cost and infinite value of following Jesus" has been replaced in the contemporary church by marketing ploys that attempt to make Jesus more appealing to the masses. Such strategies have forgotten that the way is narrow that leads to eternal life. Although salvation is a free gift to those who receive it, it came at an infinitely high price to God, who demands that we too "count the cost." Years ago, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote condemningly of the "cheap grace" that many professing Christians prefer. In truth, what really counts really costs, and we must never forget how much it cost Jesus. What's more, we must give heed to His call to die to ourselves daily if we are to be His followers! MacArthur warns us that anything less than the denial of self, the recognition that our sin was paid for at the cross, and the appropriation of the righteousness of Christ as our own falls short of the true Gospel. The message proclaimed by Jesus and expounded by the New Testament writers is an exclusive one. MacArthur forces the reader to take a long hard look at oneself in light of the Word of God to make certain that he is indeed in the faith. For one believing that "all roads lead to heaven" or that the clear message of the Scriptures can be tweaked to one's preference, the author points to the cross and the open tomb and all they mean. As the title of the book suggests, the Gospel is "hard to believe." But it is essential that its content be clearly presented and responded to in faith in anyone is to be saved.
Sabrina QuagliataNYAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5For those who long for truth.September 8, 2011Sabrina QuagliataNYAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A must read! John MacArthur has been used by the Lord in this book to speak truth boldly. Thank you Brother MacArthur for truth and boldness.
jechampDoha, QatarAge: 55-65Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5Too Hard Core for MESeptember 8, 2011jechampDoha, QatarAge: 55-65Gender: femaleI do not like this writer's style at all. This book has many Biblical truths in it and I wanted to like this writer but I felt like he was 'in my face' the entire time. If I was not a born again Christian already, it would have totally turned me away from Christianity. I will never read or buy another one of his books.