This book is very well written. I do however find it interesting that people give a bad rating to "So Great Salvation" even thou it too is well written. Although I do not agree with the doctrinal stance of this book, I do admire MacArthur's desire for Christian's to live a godly life. Just be willing to read with an open mind and interpret his "support" scriptures for yourself. Don't confuse discipleship verses with salvation.
When you compare the quotes of modern day easy-believism teachers with those of Scripture and historical church theologians, you see a sharp contrast in the value of grace. Today, grace has come to mean "the reward for uttering a prayer" instead of the free gift of forgiveness to a repenatant broken sinner. This book brings the reader back to Jesus' original calling and message. It does not add works to salvation. Quite the contrary, it removes the 'work' of our simple magic formula prayer and looks for a spirit that is obviously broken by God's work; the changing of a man into a new creation by the Creator. Read the book without previous bias and you will grow to love the Lord for His marvelous work of grace.
This book should be required reading in every church! John MacArthur tells it like it is, holds no punches...just straight up, unadulterated gospel truth! I especially like that he explains the background and cultural details that the average Christian bible reader would not necessarily have known.
One of the most important books you will ever read. Explains the issue of "Lordship Salvation" and explains how Jesus commanded us to submit to his authority and be sanctified slaves in Jesus' own words. BEst book I have ever read!