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Life changing and extremely inspirational.
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!
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3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
Of grace and gracelessness
posted by Anonymous on April 11, 2005Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 11, 2005
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 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
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Posted September 13, 2003
Self Proclaimed Theologian
A writer has an opportunity to inspire and uplift no matter what his point of view. This author totally depresses me. His book does not rise to the level of normal intellectual thought. Phil¿s views come closer to the thought of the early twentieth century not the twenty-first. Christian faith is not a plague it is a place where we can go to measure ourselves up to the best in society to understand and to love our fellow man. The Christ of Christianity has changed many hearts creating a society where I can find comfort. He died for my sins so I live for his love.
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