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A Calvinist's Honest Doubts—Resolved by Reason and God's Amazing Grace
"We don't really know much about Calvinism," my dinner companions confessed. "But it was a strange experience. On the one hand, we had the impression that these people felt certain they were the elect. Yet there also seemed to be some insecurity, as though performance were a major difference of one's salvation."
As we got up to leave, a young woman who had sat through the entire discussion in silence asked if she could have a private moment of my time. We sat down again, and she began to tell a tale of grief . She was a pastor's wife. Their lives and ministry had been happy and fruitful until her husband and two close friends, also pastors, became interested in a new "truth" All three were aspiring "intellectuals." As a result of reading current Calvinist authors, they had been drawn to the writings of John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, John Knox, and others. Their study, taking them all the way back to Augustine, eventually became almost an obsession. Then each of them began to preach this new "light" from their pulpits. After being warned several times to desist, they were removed from their pastorates. Eventually, her husband began to worry whether he was really one of the elect. The nagging questions grew into full-blown doubts about his salvation. Calvinism, which had once seemed so satisfying, now began to haunt him with uncertainty. Was he really one of the elect?
The above excerpt sets the scene for Dave Hunt's 109-page paperback, created out of a need for a non-intimidating, easy-to-read "introduction" to Calvinism. Based on years of actual accounts and conversations, readers will become familiar with the key issues in a unique format that reads like a real-life drama, because the characters are composites of actual individuals, and the circumstances are equally real.
Discover the heart of a Calvinist "seeker"—and the surprising result of his quest for truth in this fictionalized but true-to-life dialogue: A Calvinist's Honest Doubts—Resolved by Reason and God's Amazing Grace. This friendly, inexpensive paperback is enjoyable to read and great to give away.
Table of Contents:
- Why This Book?
- An Issue of Great Importance
- Aggressive Promotion
- A Calvinist's Honest Doubts
- A Victim of Subtle Deception?
- Something Almost Diabolical
- "Hyper-Calvinism"? What's That?
- On the Brink of Atheism
- Confronted by God's Love
- Hell: Whose Choice?
- To God Be the Glory!
- Calvinism's Last Stand