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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Book Review: Mark Jones - Antinomianism: Reformed Theology’s Unwelcome Guest?

http://prpbooks.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Antinomianism.jpgA strict definition of Antinomianism is "Against Law". Mark Jones shows us that in theological history it is not that simple. There are so many minute subtleties that define Antinomianism.

What use is the law to the life of the believer?
Is there a place for works in salvation?
Does God reward us for our good works?
Does God love us more when we do good works and less when we sin?

These and many other questions are answered in this intriguing book.

I have always enjoyed reading books on the study of God's Law. One of my favorite books is, "The Grace of Law" by Ernest F, Kevan. Ever since I read that book, I have purchased many other books looking for the same clarity and depth concerning the use of the law in the believer's life. Until now, I have not been satisfied in that search. That is - UNTIL NOW! Like, "The Grace of Law", this will be a book that I read and reread. It will be one to study slowly with a pen and open Bible.

Jones not only teaches us about what antinomianism is and is not, he calls upon the puritans to further enlighten us. The book has challenged and clarified my understanding of the use of the law in the Christian life and salvation. He shows us that there is a difference in the way we are justified and sanctified. Justification is by grace and sanctification is by working with the spirits help. God calls us to work and will reward us accordingly. Even our rewards are by grace because we can not live perfectly in this life. Never the less, God still rewards our efforts in the light of Christ's life and sacrifice.

I honestly can not say I understand every nuance of Law and Gospel. But considering the big debate that has raged for years, I see others have not either. I believe I have a lot more understanding than I did before reading this book. I would go as far as to say out of all the books I have read this year, this is the best of the lot!

I enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book, free of charge, from P & R Publishing and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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