I have only recently, after a few years of struggling, become a five-point Calvinist and this is the book that helped me see the clarity with which the scriptures teach the doctrines of grace. The author, James White, sticks to the text of scripture to prove the five points. He offers kind, but pointed critique of the book "Chosen But Free", exposing the fallacious reasoning and faulty exegesis that the anti-Calvinist must resort to. This book is a must read for anyone struggling to see the truth of scripture on the topic of Calvinism.
If you are not a Calvinist, and you desire to have a faith that is based solely on the scriptures then this book is a must-read.
This Book Should Be Required Reading For All Pastors And Bible Teachers Everywhere!!!
January 7, 2016
I just finished reading this exegetically sound book and highly recommend it. Dr. James R. White proves from Scripture, logic, and Church history that Biblical Calvinism is nothing more and nothing less then Biblical Christianity.
This book was a hard read for me in the sense that I am a huge fan of Dr. Geisler. I have read many of his books and even more articles and have always appreciated his ability and desire to clearly present and defend the Christian faith. But I have to admit the author of this book clearly, but kindly, decimates Geislers arguments in Chosen but Free. I do not consider myself a "hard Calvinist" but more along the lines of Geisler's "soft" Calvinism. This book, though, has at the very least "hardened" me a bit more, so to speak. Presented politely but firmly, White breaks apart the arguments of arminians and Geisler, who claims he isn't one. I don't believe he is either, but White's book will make you think hard about where you stand on the election issue. Plenty of scripture support for his views accompanied with thorough exegesis. You really need to read this book, even if only to challenge yourself and the views you may or may not hold.
I am thankful to be part of a church that is unashamedly Calvinistic. Such churches are hard to find these days, and even many churches that hold to a Reformed view of salvation shy away from publicly proclaiming it. Ever since I came to the conclusion that Calvinism is Biblical, they have helped me to make sense of how my salvation came about and how everything works towards the fulfillment of Gods plan and towards Gods glory. However, the doctrines of grace frequently misunderstood and criticized today in many Evangelical circles. Indeed, I find that Calvinism is often used as a term of derision these days. After all, how could a God who predestines people to hell be loving? Besides, dont texts like John 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:4 and 2 Peter 3:9 show that God wants everyone to be saved?
The Potters Freedom tackles all of these challenges to Reformed Theology, in the form of a response to another book, Chosen But Free by Norman Geisler (a popular apologist and critic of Calvinism). Popular Arminian prooftexts (such as those just mentioned) are examined and shown not to be inimical to the Reformed position. A careful exposition of the doctrines of grace is provided, with all the biblical support provided to show that the plan of salvation as shown in Scripture cannot make full sense except in their light.