Whether you hold to Reformed Theology or not, this book is well worth the read. It’s super short, but straightforward. It’s not the writing itself that is compelling; There is not much lofty speech or poetic language involved. But in nineteen (short) chapters, the author humbly gives Biblically sound answers to twelve common objections raised by those who have concerns or questions about Reformed Theology or Calvinism’s position on God’s Sovereignty and Election.
If you have ever thought the doctrine of Election or Predestination was unfair or that it painted a picture of a different God than the one you know, I would advise you to do three things:
1. Pray. Admit that you have blind spots, like all of us do, and humbly ask God to reveal the truths of the Word with you. Drop fear and defensiveness and anger and ask that He may reveal what the Scriptures really say and really mean, and that you may judge all opinions, positions, and stances by Scripture alone.
2. Read Scripture like you have never read it before. Read with unbiased eyes. Read without the traditions of man’s influence upon you. Get a new bible and don’t read the notes that you have written in your old one. Read John 3:16 and direct the Greek language used therein. Read all of the passages again that have given you trouble in the past. Really study and dig in. Read someone else’s take on it, besides the commentators, theologians, or Bible teachers you already listen to or read. So read the passages used as a defense against election, and study them. Then, read passages like Acts 13:48: “As many as were appointed to eternal life believed.” and Romans 9 (the whole chapter) and 2 Timothy 2:25 where it states that repentance is a gift. Read Jesus’ many words regarding election in the Gospels.
3. Read a book like this one (or this one!) Read someone’s detailed defense to objections raised. It is helpful, even if you leave unconvinced. It is helpful to hear from “the other side.” To know, not where you think they stand, but where they truly stand. To let the words come out of their own mouths. That’s only fair, right?