The Righteousness of Christ by Dr. Piper

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  1. Daniel David

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    I just finished this book by Piper. It is about 120 pages. The first few chapters are easy reading to get everyone acquainted with the theology of justification by faith.

    The book was written to respond to an increasing number of "evangelicals" who have turned away from the doctrine of the imputed righteousness of Christ to the believing sinners account.

    Gundry is the primary representative for this recent movement. Therefore, Piper spends most of his time dealing with him and his writings.

    The last chapter is lengthy and quite deep. It is not for the casual reader.

    The premise of Gundry is this: the righteousness that people have is actually their faith. When Paul says that you are justified by faith, he actually means that your faith is counted as righteous.

    The premise of Piper is this: the righteousness that people have is actually the righteousness of Christ imputed to their account. Thus, when Paul says that you are justified by faith, he actually means that your faith is that which joins your account and Christ's righteousness. Faith is that which receives Christ's righteousness.

    Gundry probably does not see his problem. If a person's faith is actually righteous, then the person has some good to him that will be paid to him because God has become the debtor.

    I recommend this book to anyone. It will certainly be a part of my children's Bible curriculum.
     
  2. Dr. Bob

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    This is why Piper is a calvinist (ie, biblicist) and Gundry is not! :eek:

    I am reading the "Legacy of Sovereign Joy" and just cannot get enough of Piper's insights. He is an amazing young preacher and has earned my respect.
     
  3. Daniel David

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    Actually, I heard that Gundry wrote a book on "Lordship Salvation". It kind of reminds me of Clark Pinnock. Some people seem like Christians until they come out with what they really believe.
     
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    I thought it very cool that Piper and Noel read the Bible along with their young daughter. I especially liked the brief testimony of how he explained to his daughter the concept of justification as they were reading through Romans.

    My wife and I have started doing this with our 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son. To attempt to teach these things to your young children motivates me greatly to stay "ahead of the curve" with regard to my own study.
     
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    Isn't it fair to say that this is a primary difference between "Calvinism" and "Arminianism"?
     
  7. Daniel David

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    I don't think it is Rev. G. In the book, Piper lays out what Calvinists and Arminians have believed since the reformation. On this point, all are in agreement.

    Gundry has invented another view altogether. It is sort of like Open Theism being very closely related to arminianism but not actually being arminianism.
     
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    Actually,the new book being offered by DGM is titled:Beyond The Bounds and it was edited by Piper,Justin Taylor and Paul Kjoss Helseth.They were giving it away free at the Bethlehem conference for pastors this week up in Minneapolis.What a great conference it was!!I certainly recommend it.Michael [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Isn't he in his 50s?? Perhaps that's young to you Bob :D ... Seriously, I thought he was in his 50s or so. He went to college and did his doctoral work in Germany back in the 70s I think. I enjoy a great many of his books. This one I have not seen.
     
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    Piper just recently turned 57
     
  11. Dr. Bob

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    I visited his church a few years ago and would have put him at 45ish. Looks young. Casual attire must help you look like a ruddy youth.

    Think we should find out the ages of some of the famous (infamous) authors

    Max Lucado
    John MacArthur
    Chuck Swindoll
    Phil Keller
    RC Sproul
    Bruce Wilkinson

    Anybody know?
     

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