Monday, July 16, 2012
Book Review: The Truth About Grace by John MacArthur
Most of the time MacArthur is a very biblical, engaging writer. When it comes to pet theologies of his, he makes the same mistake of going beyond the biblical evidence. This book has some great stuff, but his belief in predestination tints his exposition on this subject. Sadly, that is the one point that affects the whole doctrine of grace. Either God’s grace is for everyone or only for the elect. MacArthur says, “Grace is not coercion. But by transforming the heart, grace makes the believer wholly willing to trust and obey.” (p. 13). The problem is, in this view, the non-elect do not receive this grace and therefore remain completely unable to believe. They can not be “willing” to believe without God’s grace, but since He did not predestinate them for life but condemnation, He didn’t grant them this special grace.
Because of this, I cannot recommend MacArthur’s book.
Disclosure: The book was received for free from the Thomas Nelson Publisher's BookSneeze review program. The program does not require a positive review, only a truthful one.