Monday, September 22, 2014

Review of book Gospel Assurance and Warnings by Paul Washer

Image 1Gospel Assurance and Warnings by Paul Washer

This third book in the author's 'Recovering the Gospel' series is full of Biblically-sound truths! Chapter after chapter, I was amazed at the soundness and depth of doctrine. This book covers the entire doctrine of salvation, making it a must-read for all. Whether an unbeliever or a saved person, and whatever point you might be in in your seeking salvation, or living out your faith, this book is important to read.  As many know, Paul Washer is a wonderful evangelist. He understands the true doctrine of saving faith, and he also shows Jesus' love to people!
I quote the author:
''How is it impossible for a person to have an encounter with even the smallest vehicle without being dramatically changed, and yet it is possible to have an encounter with the living God without even so much as a dent or a paint scrape on a person's character? How is it that so many people claim to have had an encounter with God, yet show so little evidence to back their claim?'' (chapt. 18)

Personally, this was one of the most impacting (no pun intended) quotes from Paul Washer. This goes for those in conservative groups as well! And you can't blame everything on ''sanctification''. I encourage everyone to examine his heart while reading this book. 

Another example of the wisdom this book is full of...
   Christianity is not about us trying to be something that we are not. Although doing righteousness is still contrary to our fallen flesh, it is not contrary to our new natures or adverse to our affections. (Galatians 5:17) We are new creations, recreated in the image of God in our true righteousness and holiness. We do righteousness because we love righteousness and loathe ourselves when we deviate from it. Although our complete transformation will be consummated at the resurrection, it began on the day of our conversion. Through the new birth, we became new creatures in the fullest sense of the term. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Paul Washer in Gospel Assurance and Warnings chapter 18

   I hate to be even slightly negative about such a fundamental work, but I will warn you that it takes some time to get through. Personally, I felt like each chapter could have been published as a separate book! That is how thorough Gospel Assurance and Warnings is.
In short, this book is a wonderful book for any individual or family. I suggest reading each chapter slowly, taking time to really meditate on the Biblical truths contained. Everything in this book is based completely on the Bible. Paul Washer doesn't add his own opinions or unusual ideas.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review! Thank you.