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God Chose to Save: Why Man Cannot and Will Be Saved Apart from Election [Paperback]

By Joseph M. Bianchi (Author)
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Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.62" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.28 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 23, 2007
Publisher   Evangelical Press
ISBN  085234497X  
EAN  9780852344972  


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In God Chose to Save, God's wonderful plan of election is explained in a clear and readable fashion. Rather than stacking a dizzying array of verses together to 'prove a point', the author carefully explains key texts as they pertain to the overall themes of the Bible. Charitable, yet refreshingly honest, this book needs to be read by all Christians who desire a closer walk with the sovereign Lord of the Universe and who want a better understanding of the immeasurable richness of God's grace in choosing to save sinners.

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Who is in control of salvation...God or man? In "God Chose to Save, " God's wonderful plan of election is explained in a clear and readable fashion. Rather than stacking a dizzying array of verses together to "Prove a point." The author carefully explains key texts as they pertain to the overall themes of the Bible. Charitable, yet refreshingly honest, this book needs to be read by all Christians whom desire a closer walk with the sovereign Lord of the Universe and who want a better understanding of the immeasurable richness of God's grace in choosing to save sinners.

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Short Work on Divine Election But The Debate Goes On  Nov 27, 2005
I am sure when Joseph Bianchi sat down to write this short work on divine election, he firgured the debate was wrapped up. In fact, he takes only 96 pages to take a theological subject that is hotly debated and sums his conclusion up in his title.

Obviously from the title Bianchi believes that Calvinistic divine election (predestination) is biblical and further that if we fail to accept it we fail to truly understand salvation. Bianchi believes passionately that Arminians are simply not reading their Bibles for if they had they would be Calvinist.

In 96 pages Bianchi takes the reader through several key passages of Scripture that deal with election and seeks to show from them that salvation occurs because God chooses to save. The problem with the book is that Bianchi doesn't really interact with the whole of Scripture over the subject. He touches on popular election passages such as John 6:44 or Acts 13:48 or Romans 8:29-30 or Ephesians 1:4-13 yet he doesn't deal with the entire context of these passages or the entirity of the Bible.

So while Bianchi believes the question is answered in 96 pages on divine election, I would argue it is not. There are better works on predestination out there and I would recommend the reader go elsewhere for this debate. This book simply has too many holes.
 
An Excellent Primer on election and Calvinism!  Oct 23, 2002
"For those who need a clear, understandable and lucid definition of the Doctrines of Grace, better know as the Five points of Calvinism, this is it! Bianchi's theological training and experience as a journalist really come through! He is easy to understand, and his profound yet simple exposition of God's Word will make every "free willer" who is lauding Dave Hunt's abomination, What Love is This? cringe in embarrassment at their own position. Honestly, it is really hard to understand after reading this book how anybody in their right mind could be an Arminian. This is the best treatment of the subject I've ever read. The book was given to me by a friend...I just could not thank him enough!!!"
 
A Simple Intro. & Defense of Calvinism  Oct 5, 2002
James White, author of The Potter's Freedom, states that Bianchi's book raises thematic issues rather than lists of texts. Although this is true, I would qualify it by saying that the book raises, and defends, Calvinistic themes. Bianchi's intent is to provide a simple, clear and consistent presentation and defense of the Reformed understanding of the Gospel without extensive exposition and stacking of "proof texts." This does not mean, however, that Bianchi doesn't utilize his own "proof texts" in an effort to support his Reformed interpretation of them. Although this is a good, simple introduction to some of the key doctrines of Reformed thought, there are better, more in-depth introductions that I'd recommend instead such as R.C. Sproul's "Chosen by God." There are also better Calvinistic defenses such as James White's "The Potter's Freedom" (which Bianchi suggests for further reading). As a non-Calvinist, however, I think Bianchi's book fails to address certain crucial issues like the divine rationale for establishing the so-called "total depravity" of ALL of Adam's descendants in the first place. He merely posits the doctrine, based on certain scriptures, and then argues for the merciful divine election of SOME based on it. This implies an unconditional divine reprobation of all those not elect in Christ. I can't tell whether Bianchi is a supralapsarian like, for example, R.C. Sproul, Jr. who, in his book "Almighty Over All," does provide a rationale for unconditional divine reprobation with, I might add, disturbing clarity. Personally, I think Sproul, Jr. is more consistent than many other Calvinists (including his dad) when it comes to the implications of Calvinism (such as the unconditional divine reprobation of some), although I fundamentally disagree with Calvinism in general because of its understanding of the biblical parallel between Adam and Christ in Romans 5. I think Calvinism does not do justice to the biblical parallel because it defines original sin as the total depravity of ALL in Adam which is then used to support the unconditional divine election of SOME in Christ. This, to me, supports the idea of unconditional divine reprobation and/or damnation.

For an alternative, challenging attempt at understanding the biblical parallel between Adam and Christ (and the so-called "universalistic texts") than the one usually given by most Calvinists, Bianchi included, I recommend the books of Calvinist Neal Punt, a retired pastor in the Christian Reformed Church and a graduate from Calvin Theological Seminary. Although Punt's books didn't make a Calvinist out of me, he certainly contributed to my eventual renunciation of Arminianism with its "conditional" divine election of some based on God's foreknowledge. For additional insights, see my reviews of Punt's three books: "Unconditional Good News," "What's Good About the Good News?," and "So Also in Christ."

 

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