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    Young, Restless, Reformed (Book Review)

    An interesting review of the book Young, Restless, Reformed can be found here .

    Opening quote - "Colin Hansen, an editor for Christianity Today, makes this observation (with a little hyperbole): your average Evangelical American high school student is in a youth group that emphasizes games, down plays preaching, and as a result the student does not even know the basics of the Gospel — much less the difference between justification and sanctification. But, your average American-Evangelical 22-year-old is probably a foaming-at-the-mouth Calvinist, a John Piper “fiend,” and would love to stay up all night arguing about the difference between justification and sanctification. What in the world happens to these kids between ages 18 and 22? Young, Restless, Reformed is Hansen’s attempt to answer that question." - Jesse Johnson

    Posted by John Samson on August 19, 2008 11:22 PM

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    I'm much older than the ages cited above, but a couple of years ago I began reading and then diligently studying Reformed theology. Before then, I'd been eating, for several years, a steady diet of church growth material, spiritual warfare manuals, and spiritual gift directories and discovered I was spiritually malnourished. For all their hype, C. Peter Wagner, Bill Hybels and Rick Warren were serving trifle but calling it a feast.

    In desperation, I began searching for alternatives. Within the span of a month I read an article about a resurgence of Reformed thinking in the global church and another series of articles on the Puritans. The moment I heard TULIP explained, the light was turned on. The ultra-positive, bright sunshiney face of most of evangelical Christianity has obscured these biblical truths to the detriment of all the brothers and sisters in Christ. As a body, evangelicals are emaciated.

    I bought some Puritan classics (including John Owen's 'The Mortification of Sin' and John Flavel's 'Keeping the Heart' [Vol 5, pp 417-508, in Works]) and devoured them. What an incredible difference those men displayed in their whole approach to faith! I also began listening to the sermons, lectures, and talks of modern Reformed leaders such as John Piper, RC Sproul, Bruce Ware, James White, John Gerstner, Sinclair Ferguson, and Mark Kielar. No felt needs here, just good, solid exposition of the Scriptures. These men teach with authority that exists outside of their own abilities (although they are all exceptionally gifted teachers) and rests on the ultimate authority of God's revealed word. It has made all the difference to the growth of my faith in the triune God.

    For example, I have been studying the differences between Calvinistic and Arminian interpretations of Scripture and the doctrines that have emerged as a result of their different approaches. I realized I had been a latent Arminian all these years. Although I know now that it was God who sovereignly saved me (since I was dead in trespasses), nonetheless before studing Reformed thought, I had always thought it was I who had done the saving. Two books in particular have set my mind on the firm ground of biblical truth: RC Sproul's 'Chosen by God' and James White's "The Potter's Freedom.' Thank you, gentlemen! But, more importantly, thank and praise you, LORD!

    As Sherlock Holmes has said, 'The solution always looks easier once it's been clearly and properly explained.' How true this is of the Reformation truths.

    Great testimony, Robert; thanks for sharing.

    I have heard of this book, I am interested in reading more. Thanks for the heads up!

    -ACR

    I also have seen the light of heavenly truth descend and illuminate my state of theological darkness. I found Him whom I did not seek. We have been chosen by the Father, purchased by the Son, and sealed by the Spirit; blessed God three in one. Post Tenebras Lux.

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