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If Grace Is True: Why God Will Save Every Person

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Life changing and extremely inspirational.

I always considered meself to be a very strong Christian, and yet I found my eyes opened to a totally new perspective of God's love in this book. It is not a "utilitinarianism" view of all people being saved, but that the grace of God will be strong enough to bring eac...
I always considered meself to be a very strong Christian, and yet I found my eyes opened to a totally new perspective of God's love in this book. It is not a "utilitinarianism" view of all people being saved, but that the grace of God will be strong enough to bring each and every person to repentence and redemption through the grace of Christ.

I can not say enough good things about this book, and I've recommended it to everyone I know. It shows OUR need to be the ones who save ourselves choosing to accept God's grace. Those who don't accept His grace are damned. People have the need to be in control of their destinies, and need "justice" (or more correctly termed vengence) for those who act wrongfully. We just don't want to surrender to the fact that God's love for us is absolutely independent of our feelings and actions. Even if we hate Him, He loves us. He loves us and wants us saved. He has the desire and the power to do this. When we leave this life, He shows us His grace and love. This is so powerful that it will bring everyone to redeption. Those who lived a sinful life will realize the errors of their ways and be truly repentent. Of course, this would be quite painful and guilt ridden for them. It doesn't meant that "anything goes" and we can have a "get out of hell free" card. When we chose to live our lives on this earth separated from God's will, we are never happy. We are refusing the peace and joy that His grace gives. Our eternal life starts now. Don't you want to enjoy the unconditional love, joy, and peace that He offers us? In these trying times, we so often need Him to carry us through the sands of our hard lives.

Sorry this is so long, but it is truly a life changing book. It doesn't replace the Bible in ANY means what so ever. It bases most of its contents on the Word of God. However, it does give people who know the Word a wonderful view of our beloved Father who wishes to save all his precious children...not just those who agree with us. After all Christ came to heal the sick, not the well...and who amongst us is actually "well" afterall?

Please read this book!
Lisa

posted by Saved-by-Grace on March 13, 2010

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3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Of grace and gracelessness

Gulley & Mulholland gutted the tenants of the Christian religion so that it would conform to their doctrine of universal salvation. Obviously their argument is not a logical nor theological one, as it fails miserably to convince on those grounds. ------ One is left w...
Gulley & Mulholland gutted the tenants of the Christian religion so that it would conform to their doctrine of universal salvation. Obviously their argument is not a logical nor theological one, as it fails miserably to convince on those grounds. ------ One is left wondering what is their motivation for embracing a doctrine--universal salvation--that has been deemed heresy for more than 1,500 years? There seems to be two: the rigidity and gracelessness of the modern evangelical/fundamentalist church and a slight misunderstanding as to what God wants to do in comparison to what he will do. ------ I believe God does want every person to be saved; He certainly takes no delight in the condemnation and punishment of the wicked, as is demonstrated in the book of Jonah. However, it¿s one thing to believe in what God wants to happen as opposed to what will happen. The authors, not quite understanding the kindness and the severity of God, have decided that He will save everyone no-matter-what. ------ Gulley and Mulholland think fundamentalist/evangelical Christianity places too many restrictions on salvation. In order to compensate for the perceived stinginess of evangelical Christianity, the authors fell off the other side of the narrow road, and now proclaim that God will¿absolutely--save everyone. In many places throughout their book, the authors point out many places where the evangelical church has too narrow a view of God, the Bible, and Christianity; and as a result there is a Christian clique that is more interested in removing oneself from the world rather than saving it. In a self-revealing passage, the authors state: ¿So many people enter churches persuaded God is lurking in ambush. They come expecting fire and brimstone, and we¿ve been all too willing to heap it on. We¿ve slandered God¿s character too long. I regret the times I manipulated and coerced other with sermons designed to shame and frighten rather than celebrate the love of God. I failed to appreciate the depth of God¿s love.¿ (pg. 68) ------ Certainly churches exists like those the authors were apart of. However, this type of severity is not true of all churches, not even all evangelical churches. I have found several conservative churches that spend far more time preaching on the love and mercy of God then they do on eternal condemnation and the fires of hell, if they preach on those subjects at all! So it is obvious that Gulley and Mulholland are painting a select picture of fundamentalist Christianity using a very broad brush. ------ The authors are correct to state that God¿s love and grace must be the primary teaching of the Christian church; I have no problem with that. But God¿s unconditional love doesn¿t mean that we escape the fires of hell! Explicit throughout the scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation, is the need to take responsibility for your own actions, and God will reward or punish those actions in a fair and balanced way. If anything, God does not punish us nearly as severely as we deserve, yet there is a theme of punishment unto death throughout the Bible, and especially in the parables and teachings of Jesus. There are also times where Jesus explicitly states that punishment is eternal; but it is made clear that the ultimate decision concerning one¿s eternal destination is made by ourselves, not God! Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God has opened the door of eternal salvation, but we are constantly reminded that we must decide to walk through that door. ------ So while I do not agree with the author¿s solution to the problem of gracelessness in some churches, I do agree with their criticisms. It is my belief every church should extend as much love and grace as possible, and then even go beyond that! Churches more interested in your sins than your salvation only create pride and triumphalism, along with false expectations no one can rightly live up to. ------ God¿s unconditional love

posted by Anonymous on April 11, 2005

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2003

    amaizingly misleading

    I have been a christian for nine years now, I thank God for all those who with love, patience, and gifted true applicable teachings guided me to a relationship with God and to understand what Jesus did for me on the cross. Today everyone want's a 'make me feel good and quick fix books', let me live my life anyway I want, God want's me to be happy and I'll still go to heaven. Then why did Jesus have to die on the cross for our sins? for your sins?; Do you think he did it just because it was the thing to do? Look it's unpopular to tell people that they have to make choices here and now before they die. If you read the bible (NIV Life Application.)Jesus was pretty clear on that one, he never said if you don't make the choice now don't worry.. you'll have another chance 'in purgatory'; just try to find that word purgatory in the bible, it does not exit. Find out the truth of Gods great gifts he gave us free will, Jesus and grace, it's ours if we want it. But we do have to make that choice ourselves in this one and only life, like it or not. It's terrible to mislead seekers otherwise. And teachers will be held to a higher standard. That's is in the Bible!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2003

    A bunch of bull

    I do not agree with anything these men say. If you are a Christian then you will NOT read this book. It does not say what I believe. God does not 'save' everyone. If he did, then there would be no need for Jesus to come to the cross. Of course God does want everyone to be with Him in His Kingdom, but everyone has a free choice and some will make the wrong choice.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2004

    I'm with the law student

    The book is completely unbiblical. The law student summed it up very, very well. I'm not trying to be rude, but I wonder if the authors even used the bible in their research. How could you look past everything in the Word and come to such a false conclusion? You would have to believe that the Word wasn't inerrant and that God didn't mean what He said. Very dangerous.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2004

    If I can give NEGATIVE stars, this would be there.

    If sin is not so 'serious', or if God could overlook sin, then why did Jesus HAVE to die? This book is theologically unsound and completely distorts the gospel into a false gospel...where God is all-loving and not at all just. Grace is grace because it is given DESPITE sin, but God DID punish the sin in someone else. It completely ignores ALL of scripture -- including the BASIC gospel passage of John 3:16 which says 'whoever BELIEVES in him shall not perish'. So is Jesus Himself a liar? Do you want to believe in a God like that? (or will you turn to the old liberal excuse that the scripture is not necessarily authoritative and/or inerrant??...and if so, tell me what your standard for christianity is...because you can only get SO far from the standard before it is no longer Christianity, but some other man-pleasing/man-created religion). Enough with this False Doctrine 'from below' and back to theology 'from the top'. God is holy. He punished the sin that offends His holiness by pouring out His righteous wrath on His SON. You make a mockery out of the gospel by taking away the seriousness of sin and man's plight apart from faith in Christ. God punished the sin in His SON. If His SON did not get to go free, what makes anyone have the gall to think they will get away scott free? His punishing His SON tells you HOW MUCH he LOVES you. True love ALWAYS has a cost. If you want to believe in a weak, unjust, imperfect God that saves everyone regardless of their sin, then you believe in a God that is really no God at all. (it definitely isnt the God you come to know in the pages of the BIBLE--maybe the authors should try reading it instead of going on their 'feelings' -- b/c God NEVER goes contrary to His Word. Even Jesus' life was a fulfillment of SCRIPTURE, which He himself repeats with His own mouth over and over in the gospels!) This is offensive b/c ultimately, it is 'Slander' on God's very character, holiness and EVEN his mercy. Someone else PAID the price. Grace isn't cheap. In fact, grace is ALWAYS costly. It wasnt free. Dont cheapen grace by this false doctrine. It's not like the rest of us dont have a hard time thinking about our unsaved friends/family. But to make ourselves 'feel better' at the cost of slandering God's character? NO. Go read 'Grace Unknown' by R.C. Sproul or even ANY of Charles Spurgeon's books. (or any of the respected theologians throughout history). This book is a waste of your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2004

    Ridiculous

    It will be nice seeing Hitler and Stalin in heaven! Yeah right. These people totally misunderstand grace and human responsibility.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2004

    The Divine Hoax-Classical Liberal Theology

    Unfortunalty, the religion of men previals in the book stores of today. To say that no man will see the darkness of everlasting fire is to mock the only true God who is forever blessed, Amen. It also concludes that God doesn't really take sin seriously and would rather compromise His holiness and justice so that creatures, mind you, would all receive salvation. If we are to believe what the Bible says concerning those who fail to come to Jesus, then let us set aside what we feel is right rather than play cut and paste with the Bible. If one would like to take what these men have to say about God, you are not serving Jehovah and are walking is serious error. My suggestion would be to put down this book and pick up the one that contains the only message that will save your eternal soul.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2003

    Be Wary of This One

    Linda of New Jersey has it right. This book could mislead many people who are seeking for a genuine faith. It may be really 'comfortable' to think you can do whatever you please and God will still forgive. That's a sin of presumption. God came down to earth to tell us the Truth. We have only one choice: Accept that truth or deny it. Christ said the gate is 'strait (meaning difficult) and narrow.' Don't think just because it's fun to be a materialist that he'll let us all off the hook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2004

    Spend / Give your money elsewhere.

    Actually, I would give this book ZERO stars. Bottomeline, the authors may as well call God and Jesus a liar, since Scripture is very clear that not all will be saved. Now God wants all to be saved (e.g., I Tim 2:3-6 and 2 Peter 3:9); however, Jesus forwarns and tells (e.g., Luke 8:4-15) of the inevitable end (e.g., Matthew 24:31-46). Repentance, mercy, faith, and (a whole lot of) grace precede judgment. Seek (read your Bible and pray) and you will find the Truth, which is not in this book. You can trust God and the Bible.

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    Posted October 20, 2011

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