Spiritual Growthby Arthur W. Pink
"The name which is usually given to our subject by Christian writers is that of "Growth in Grace" which is a scriptural expression, being found 2 Peter 3:18. But it appears to us that, strictly speaking, growing in grace has reference to but a single aspect or branch of our theme: "that your love may abound yet more and more" (Phil. 1:9) treats of another aspect, and "your faith groweth exceedingly" (2 Thess. 1:3), with yet another. It seems then that "spiritual growth" is a more comprehensive and inclusive term and more accurately covers that most important and desirable attainment: "may grow up into him in all things, which is the Head, even Christ" (Eph. 4:15). Let it not be thought from this that we have selected our title in a captious spirit or because we are striving after originality. Not so: we have no criticism to make against those who may prefer some other appellation. We have chosen this simply because it seems more fitly and fully to describe the ground which we hope to cover. Our readers understand clearly what is connoted by "physical growth" or "mental growth," nor should "spiritual growth" be any the less intelligible."
Arthur Walkington Pink was an English Christian evangelist and Biblical scholar known for his staunchly Calvinist and Puritan-like teachings. Though born to Christian parents, prior to conversion he migrated into a Theosophical society (an occult gnostic group popular in England during that time), and quickly rose in prominence within their ranks. His conversion came from his father's patient admonitions from Scripture. It was the verse, Proverbs 14:12, 'there is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death,' which particularly struck his heart and compelled him to renounce Theosophy and follow Jesus.
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In his book, Spiritual Growth, AW Pink begins the book by stating that Christian spiritual growth is deeply important, somewhat mysterious, and somewhat difficult in that it is complex but comprehensive. He states what he believes is the difficulty of teaching spiritual growth and gives his reasons why the subject is practical. He then discusses the fact that people must be a Christian to understand and experience this growth and how we must strive to understand spiritual growth from God’s side as well as our own side. Pink shows us what spiritual growth is and is not and explains the stages of growth from infants to youth to maturity. He reminds Christians that the Bible commands us to watch and pray, deny self, strive against sin, put on the whole armor of God, put off the old man, fight the good fight, not be conformed by the world and to be transformed by the renewing of your mind in the Word of God. Pink emphasizes that Christians are to mortify the flesh and submit to the Holy Spirit of God. It is stated that a Christian is backsliding when his/her love for Christ is waning, we lose zeal for the glory of God, we become unable to discern good and evil, not being watchful for sin, attempting to justify sin in our life and when the world is controlling us. Christians will be growing spiritually when we recon ourselves dead to sin, live devoted to God, honor the Word of God, to walk with the LORD (to live is Christ), be obedient to God and His commands, pray without ceasing and have success in Christian warfare (fight the good fight). Living in all prudence, sobriety, stability, patience, humility, forbearance, contentment and love. I chose to read this book for two reasons; first, because I read Pink’s “The Sovereignty of God” and was so blessed by his wisdom I had to read more of his writings. Second, because this book is on the “most influential book list” for John MacArthur; I knew it would be a worthy read. This book has a lot of typos and misspelled words. I don't know if there are other editions of this book, but Bottom of the Hill publishing needs to edit the book.