This book was sent to me by the pastor of the North Road Chapel (Evangelical) in Bideford, England, along with the note: “This . . . book just published . . . has been written out of a deep concern as to the need in this present day for a clear statement of the ‘Doctrines of Grace.’ If after reading it, and should you consider it worthy, any publicity or recommendation which you can give, would be much appreciated.”
I consider the book worthy indeed of recommendation. It is written by one who himself has come out of Arminianism and is a clear exposition of the five points of Calvinism. Particular attention is paid to the truth of limited atonement, mainly because, while people can be found who have partly abandoned Arminianism and hold to one or more of the five points, almost none of these will admit to the truth of limited atonement. This is often the stumbling block. Not only is the author thoroughly Biblical in his development of these five points, but he also takes specific issue with Arminian errors and points out their unbiblical character and their danger when taught in the church. He even does this with the error of the well-meant offer of the gospel, though not in detail.
The only criticism I have of the book is that in its treatment of election, the author has nothing to say about reprobation. It seems as if he believes this doctrine, for passing reference is made to it elsewhere, but the truth is not developed, even though it has been a part of the historic faith of the church.
We recommend this book to all who love the truths of salvation by sovereign grace. It is simply written and easily understandable and can well serve as an introduction to those who know not these doctrines. That is, it can be used by those who encounter Arminians and are looking for an easily understood book on the truth of Scripture. The book has John Bunyan’s famous “Map Showing the Order and Causes of Salvation and Damnation” appended to the back. It can be obtained from: Mr. G. Jackson, Bookroom Secretary, 7 Stanhope Terrace, Northam Road, Bideford, Devon EX39 3JZ. When ordering, add 50p for postage and packaging.