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Just By Believing

By Frank Allred
September 2009 | Review by Peter Culver
  • Publisher: Evangelical Press
  • ISBN: 978-0946462759
  • Pages: 166
  • Price: £4.62
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This book is a helpful treatment of justification by faith. It is presented in a compelling way and is replete with homely and helpful illustrations. I would go as far as to say that anyone who grasps these clear and easily read pages will have a firm grip on the way in which God has made it possible for sinners to be right with him.

Allred deals with most major matters that impinge on this vital subject, as some of his sixteen chapter headings show –– saving faith is trust; saving faith is reasonable; false faith; and dead faith.

He deals with the purpose of the moral law, pointing out that ‘a corrupt and deceitful heart is not cured by fresh air or a better diet’. He applies the glory of Christ in the gospel to the subject, showing how God can be both just and the justifier of the genuine believer. Head knowledge won’t do, but genuine faith in Christ will more than do.

There is a compelling look at Abraham and his faith that will reward diligent study. Most helpfully, the author has a careful look at covenant theology, showing the fault lines that lie in the dispensationalism of the Scofield Bible’s notes.

This is a book well worth having on your shelf, and keeping for an uncluttered future look at this all-important subject.

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