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Machen's warning came in 1929: 'Always the gospel would have been received with favor by the world IF it had been presented merely as one way of salvation; the offense came because it was presented as the only way, and because it made relentless war upon all other ways.' Speaking in concert, the authors appeal to their contemporaries to avoid getting caught in the cultural rejection of biblical truth so prevalent in our post-modern neighborhoods and metropolitan Babels.
Ch 1, David F Wells: One Among Many
'On the grounds that they have God 'within' them, 60% of Americans say that they do not need the church. In life's crises, 56% say that they look for help from the 'power within', rather than to the God without.' p 26
Ch 2, Peter R Jones: One God
'Many Christians will be surprised to learn that the chief doctrinal attack in our time is directed not to the inspiration of Scripture or the deity of Christ, but to the doctrine of God....for many in our day, biblical theism is no longer the starting point of their thinking.' p 45 Jones' analysis of the newest foreign invasion, polytheism, notes it is in effect a revival of paganism, and thus he wisely dubs it 'neo-paganism'.
Ch 3, Richard D Phillips: One Savior
'Everywhere today we hear: 'There are many ways to God'. Let us observe, at least, that Jesus taught the exact opposite: there are many ways to hell, He said, but ONLY ONE WAY to God.' p 77
Ch 4, Philip G Ryken: One Truth
'The same God who is the truth and does the truth comes to help us know the truth. Like everything else in the Christian life, knowledge of the truth only comes by grace. We know the absolute truth, not because of who we are, but because of who God is.'
*In closing, Dr Ryken's exposition of 'A LIFE OF TRUE LOVE' is worth the price of this book alone and must rank as of the most unique prose in Christian memory. But I do not want to spoil your joy...zip!
Ch 5, J. Ligon Duncan III: One People
'If you want to complain about a doctrine being unfair, then complain of the reward of heaven by grace. If ever there was an unfair doctrine, it is that. Hell, on the other hand, is the fairest doctrine in the world. This truth humbles us to the dust.' pp. 116-117
Ch 6, D.A. Carson: One Way
'Although we are not yet in consummated glory already, right now, among Christ's people, it has been declared, 'You cannot sin here. Sinning is not done here.' And when, poor, frail creatures that we are, we do sin, we return to the one place where there is hope: the Cross of Christ.' p 141
One gets a feeling of inadequacy when faced with the overwhelming flood of cultural diversity and eclectical religion invading our lives today. In desperation we realize the sinister nature of this interwoven worldview, but are unable to confront its tenets, or inept in standing firm in the faith, received by God's grace through Christ Jesus. It is therefore, with the purest motive of love, the highest good of charity in informing the body of Christ, that these authors bring us theological brilliance as this - a faithful declaration of a triune God being the only wise, the only great, the only sovereign, the only true Author of life - even in unpopular times.