This gem by White is a masterful exegesis of passages of the Bible relating to the topic of predestination and Calvinism. It is his response to the antithesis book, Chosen But Free. Geisler takes the position of a “moderate Calvinist.” However, this position is a “straw man” that really does not exist. We are faced with only two choices: either believers come to Christ because they are God’s chosen vessels or man can choose to come to God through believing in Christ of his own accord. Geisler attempts to fuse these two views. It makes for a confusing task indeed.
White does a thorough job of doing just that throughout the book. He is very graceful and persuasive in his arguments. White defends four of the five points of Calvinism directly throughout the book. These five points are also known as the “doctrines of grace,” the truths that Luther defended himself during the Reformation. Our church celebrates the Reformation and the work of Luther every year on Reformation Sunday.
Worthy of particular note is chapter 9: Responding to Chosen But Free on Romans 9. Pastor Ben preached his sermons in this very chapter this week and last and will continue through this month. The passage deals directly with God’s sovereign choice in salvation. Pastor Ben and White are like-minded in their teachings of this subject. Reading this chapter alone would be worth checking out this book.
I know that this subject is hard and difficult to accept for many. My hope is that we will listen to what God has to say to us through His Word. Consider consulting The Potter’s Freedom in addition to reviewing the pertinent Bible texts to guide you through this hotly debated topic.