Bo GiertzFortress Press / 2004 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$15.495 out of 5 stars for The Hammer of God (Revised Edition). View reviews of this product. 3 Reviews
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PastorLee's Summit, MOAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A Novel about Trusting in Jesus ChristFebruary 5, 2019PastorLee's Summit, MOAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This unique novel is actually three stories about the same parish in Sweden. You are introduced to a young firebrand pastor who has good intentions of preaching people to repentance, but lacks discernment to know when to offer forgiveness and grace. Then years pass and a new pastor is assigned. This one believes his feelings are important, and is convinced that everyone in the parish must also develop a personal feeling of closeness with God. But seeing the inconsistent behavior and faith-ideas of the people, he realizes it's more important for them to trust God's promises than to trust their feelings. Then years pass and a new pastor is assigned to the same church, now nearly deserted. He had been trained as an "enlightened thinker" to look at life from a modern point of view. The remaining faithful Christians, however, demonstrate a living trust in Jesus risen from the dead, and he is humbled by their Christ-like mercy. All three stories remind the reader to believe the historic Christian faith, to live as Jesus' disciples in our present day, and to serve the neighbors around us.
int3grity5 Stars Out Of 5Engaging and Practical Cure for Common Traps of Subtle Gospel WanderingOctober 4, 2014int3grityQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5The hammer of God is an excellent book that exposes many of the subtle traps that devout believers can fall into as it relates to the purity of the Gospel. as a reformed Baptist, I found this book to be very refreshing and sound as it relates to the Gospel but I did not find the shorts section related to infant baptism and the Lutheran view of it to be very persuasive. I would recommend this book to any seasoned Christian or Pastor but I do not believe it is ideal for younger Christians or those who are not mature in the faith if they are not receiving some guidance through it since it exposes subtle divergence from the purity of the gospel that may not be so discernible to the immature Christian reader. for my Baptist brothers and sisters, this book needs to be read with a grain of salt as it relates to the issue of infant baptism. I did find the concept of looking to one's infant baptism as the source and means of rest in regards to salvation despite having no fruit of genuine repentance or faith to be confusing since Scripture clearly teaches that it is by one's fruit you will recognize them and the book seems to give the impression that so long as a person has undergone Lutheran baptism they are definitely a Christian regardless of where they go in their lives and whether they even continue to believe. in the case of one character who seemed to have completely abandoned the faith, it was assumed that he was still a Christian regardless of his denial of scripture and its authority and life of open gross immorality. In the end he proved to have repented but the book seems to give the impression that anybody who is in that state is a Christian if they had received a lutheran infant baptism .
i think this book should be read by any young pastor.
Kristina5 Stars Out Of 5October 17, 2008KristinaOne of the best books I've read - can be read over and over again. It's really comforting when you are struggling with your faith.
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