Finding unity in the gospel

11 May

Book Review: Getting the Gospel Right: The Tie that Binds Evangelicals Together, by R. C. Sproul

In the late 90’s, evangelical theologians and Roman Catholic scholars tried to find common ground in order to promote unity. They worked together to craft a document, Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT) and a subsequent document, The Gift of Salvation (GOS). Rather than promote unity, it tended to divide evangelicals.

R. C. Sproul was one who was deeply concerned about both of these documents. He wrote the book, Getting the Gospel Right: The Tie that Binds Evangelicals Together. It was originally published in 1999 and has been repacked in 2017. In part 1, he explains the background of the controversy and the need for unity on the meaning and details of the gospel. In part 2, he analyzes The Gift of Salvation (GOS) in detail and points out the flaws. In part 3, he analyzes a document entitled, The Gospel of Jesus Christ: An Evangelical Celebration. This document was crafted in an attempt to restore evangelical unity regarding the gospel and justification by faith alone.

While the book is short, 226 pages, it is meaty, weighty, and detailed. If you can work your way through it, you will come away with a more accurate understanding of the gospel and why it is important to “get it right.”

Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Books, Theology


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