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Jesus: The Only Way to God--Must You Hear the Gospel to be Saved? by [Piper, John]
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Is Jesus still the only way?
If the church was ever too confrontational in its evangelism, those days are gone. In our shrinking, pluralistic world, the belief that Jesus is the only way of salvation is increasingly called arrogant and even hateful. In the face of this criticism, many shrink back from affirming the global necessity of knowing and believing in Jesus.
In Jesus: The Only Way to God--Must You Hear the Gospel to Be Saved? John Piper offers a timely plea for the evangelical church to consider what is at stake in surrendering the unique, universal place of Jesus in salvation. If you're concerned about the current state of evangelism--and the church--this book is a must-read.
John Piper (DrTheol, University of Munich) is the pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he has served since 1980. He is the author of more than forty books (including Desiring God, The Pleasures of God, and Let the Nations Be Glad!), and thirty years of his preaching and teaching is available at www.DesiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and an increasing number of grandchildren.

About the Author

John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor for Bethlehem College and Seminary, Minneapolis. For thirty-three years, he was pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He is author of more than fifty books, including Desiring God and Let t

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  • Publisher: Baker Books (25 Jun. 2010)
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For those interested in the true salvation of sinners (everybody) this book is a must-read; it is very timely. The book comprises seven chapters whereby Piper shows that unquestionably Jesus is the only way of salvation. He clearly shows what is at stake by surrendering the universal necessity of believing on Jesus in order to be saved. People everywhere are perishing daily through the rejection of this truth. People in the churches, people on the streets, people in the workplaces, people in the shopping centres, people in the suburbs, people in the cities, people in government, people who are governed, people who are celebrities, people who are not. Jesus is the only saviour. Whoever you are, you need to read this book; you need to believe in Jesus. You need to hear the truth. This book is for you also; as well as the concerned about true salvation. Don't be trapped by the lies which so easily surround us;don't perish because you remain ignorant.
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Nothing new here for me, but a wonderful single and concise resource of the biblical facts. Very helpful and useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Short but Excellent Defense of the Exclusive Nature of the Gospel 31 July 2010
By Seeking Disciple - Published on Amazon.com
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The subtitle to this book says it all, "Must you hear the gospel to be saved?" In this short book (123 pages) John Piper seeks to answer that question and he seeks to build a defense for the traditional Christian view that one must hear the gospel and believe in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins or there is no salvation. Piper's main complaints are against those within Christianity who recently have been advocating an inclusive gospel view that, according to D.A. Carson, means "the view that all who are saved are saved on account of the person and work of Jesus Christ, but that conscious faith in Jesus Christ is not absolutely necessary: some may be saved by him who have never heard of him, for they may respond positively to the light they have received."

It with this inclusive view of the gospel that Piper takes his aim and fires. His main concern (as my own) is that missionary activities are diminished when the gospel is seen as unnecessary for eternal life. If personal faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of sins is not based on belief in the gospel about Jesus then missionary work will greatly decrease. Like Piper, I believe that God's glory is revealed in the gospel of His Son and that it is only in His Son that we are saved and one must hear the gospel of Jesus to be saved (Romans 10:14-17).

I believe that Piper does a good job of presenting a strong biblical and orthodox view of the exclusive nature of the gospel in just 123 pages. He begins by covering the doctrine of eternal torment in an eternal hell. Piper points out that while this teaching on hell has become ignored in our times, the Bible has much to say about hell. And if we are willing, hell must exist due to the nature of sin and the nature of God's infinite holiness. Piper tears apart the common arguments against eternal hell given by such as the Seventh-Day Adventist or even evangelicals such as John Stott who argues for an agnostic view on hell.

From the doctrine of hell Piper then turns the issue of why Jesus had to die on the cross. For many in the inclusive view, the doctrine of sin is often ignored or downplayed. Sin is heinous to God. Sin is more than just doing something bad and asking Him to forgive us but sin is an affront to the holy character and holy law of God. As John said in 1 John 3:4, "Everyone who makes a practice of sinning practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness." Piper shows that Paul's arguments in Romans 1-3 is that the whole world is guilty before God both Jew and Gentile. None are righteous (Romans 3:10) and none can be saved in their own righteousness because we have none to show forth (Romans 3:23-24). If we are to justified before God it will because of what Jesus Christ did on the cross for us (Romans 4:24-25) and not because we simply acknowledge the goodness of God or that He exists (Romans 1:18-32).

Finally Piper turns the issue of saving faith and what is saving faith. Piper builds his case from the book of Acts that the Apostles took seriously Jesus' command to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8). Luke records the sermons of preaching the gospel to lost Gentiles in Acts 10 and in Acts 17 and in both cases Luke makes it clear that the Apostles preached that faith in Jesus was essential to being saved (Acts 10:43; 17:30-31).

Piper ends by looking at Romans 10:8-17. Here he points out the defense of Paul to the necessity of faith in Jesus and to the beauty of missionaries taking the gospel forth. He points out from Romans 10:17 that faith can only come from hearing the gospel and not from within humanity or from creation. The gospel, writes Piper, must be preached in order for people to hear and be saved.

From an Arminian viewpoint, there is not much that I disagreed with. Piper does speak of election here and there in the book and there is no denying that Piper believes that since the elect will be drawn to Christ and that this drawing is irresistible then it follows that the message will get to the elect. This differs with hyper-Calvinism that says that it is not the duty of the Church to proclaim the gospel to the lost (so called duty-faith) but to simply preach Christ to the Church and let God save the lost Himself without any call to repentance apart from the Holy Spirit's doing.

Overall I was thrilled by this book. I firmly agree with Piper that the gospel must be preached, that missions is vital to the glory of Christ, and that God loves missions. God Himself is the greatest missionary sending His own Son to die in our place (Isaiah 53:10-11; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21). Jesus said that He came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10) and the cross glorifies this truth that God loved us and wants to save us from our sins (John 3:14-17). I praise God for this book and highly recommend it.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Can Anyone Say That Jesus is the ONLY Way? 31 July 2010
By O. Merce Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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In this short but deep and profound book, author John Piper proclaims Jesus as the only way of salvation. He discusses alternative popular beliefs among Christians: (1) Universalism--the belief that everyone will be saved eventually and that hell (if it exists) will lead to repentance and salvation; (2) Annihilationism--the belief that at death, if one is not saved, one just ceases to exist and experiences no torment or punishment instead of an eternity of suffering into hell; (3) Pluralism--the belief that many different religions can lead to God; and (4) Inclusivism--the belief that Jesus died to save everyone, and even those who have never heard of Him will be saved.

This book is written in an understandable, yet definitely theological style. It is not light reading, and although it is short, it took me a while to get through it (far more than the short hour I'd planned). Yet it is definitely worth the work. The writing seemed to me to be clear and brilliant, and the author's arguments--all taken from Scripture--were very convicting. It was powerful, challenging, and made me think.

In the book, John Piper thoroughly answers these three questions: (1) Will anyone experience eternal, conscious torment under God's wrath?, (2) Is the work of Jesus necessary for salvation?, and (3) Is conscious faith in Jesus necessary for salvation. He uses the Bible to defend all of his positions, which are "yes" answers to all three questions.

This an important book for Christians or highly interested non-Christians. I would not see this as an evangelistic text except for someone exceptionally familiar with theology and the Bible. I see it as a mandatory read for anyone concerned about the state of the church, orthodoxy, and evangelism. I especially see it as an important read for Christians who disagree with any of the author's positions (as I did before I read this book) but are opened to being convinced otherwise from Scripture (as I was).

Highly recommended.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Truth on the Message of Christ - Worth Your Time 22 Oct. 2010
By Noah Hutchison - Published on Amazon.com
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"The question for the church in every generation is: Will we submit gladly to the Scriptures? Will we devote ourselves to understanding them truly, valuing them supremely (under God himself), applying them properly, obeying them wholeheartedly, and speaking them courageously and publicly? In every age, some things in the Bible fit nicely into the spirit of the times and are not controversial. They may even win you some popularity. But in every age, there are other things in the Bible - important things - that do not fit the spirit of the times, and speaking them will be criticized or even persecuted."
- John Piper, Jesus: The Only Way to God, p. 117 -

I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing John Piper's new book. This book deserves four stars because it articulates clear biblical truths all Christians need to know by answering the following three questions:

Will anyone experience eternal, conscious torment under God's wrath?
Is the work of Jesus necessary for salvation?
Is conscious faith in Jesus necessary for salvation?
John Piper divides the book's chapters up with each of the above questions. He uses scripture and various illustrations to answer yes to all three. One thing any reader will appreciate about this book is that it is only 123 pages. However, while short, Piper was not hindered in answering each question.

Personally, I loved the amount of scripture and referencing of other individuals Piper uses to solidify each and every argument. With over 60 footnotes I would say he has done a thorough job. Also, he lets the reader see a common thread of our call to fulfill the Great Commission in this book. He notes that much is at stake if we as the Christian community begin to doubt John 14:6 which says, "Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." We have to wholeheartedly agree with this passage and in turn go out and fulfill the Great Commission because faith in Jesus is necessary for all people to have salvation.

Considering the nature of books these days, 123 pages of normal sized text is not that long. While I mentioned this on a more positive note for readers, it is also the downside to Piper's book. Jesus: The Only Way to God lacks much personality as a book. Now while some might say Piper's books in general tend to be less personable, I would say after reading this work that even more than usual it seems to come across as some cleaned up sermon notes he decided to publish. That is not to say that publishing solid sermon notes is bad or any less admirable, but it is to say bleak information is what you will get in this book.

Overall, great job John Piper on writing another sound book that clearly answers questions that the church of the now generation need to know where they stand. Might we as the church continue to mold our lives around the Gospel instead of trying to fit ithe Gospel into our lives.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Serious Look at a Troubling Topic 19 Feb. 2011
By Rebecca of Amazon - Published on Amazon.com
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"What is at stake is the eternal salvation of perishing people." ~John Piper

Talk about hell and people think you are hateful. Talk about a belief in Jesus as the only way to God and it gets worse. Recently I've even had people tell me that I'm the one who is taking a risk believing in Jesus. They seem to indicate that I should be researching other religions to make sure I'm believing the right things. And truthfully I have done some research into other religions over the years and have found nothing as powerful as biblical truth, especially truths from The New Testament.

John Piper presents his arguments well although I must say there is a lot of quoting going on throughout the book which sometimes can break up the flow of thought a bit. He backs up all his ideas with scripture and this makes the book powerfully convincing.

So what does John Piper really discuss. Well he basically answers a number of questions based on one question. Is Jesus the only way to God? He also discusses whether people from different religions can get to heaven through just their belief in God. Or do they need to hear the gospel first? Some of the questions John Piper answers include:

Will anyone experience eternal conscious torment in hell?

Is conscious faith in Christ necessary for salvation?

How were people in the Old Testament times saved?

Does hell have real fire and is it eternal fire?

These are important questions although I can see why they might make people
who don't believe a little upset. Still if you are reading this and want to know what
is in this book I'm willing to tell you.

What it really comes down to in the end is that repentance leads to eternal life. Instead of hating Christians for saying what they believe, the world should be thanking Christians for caring enough about their eternal souls to tell them what might happen if they don't believe in Jesus. I think this book would be especially helpful for missionaries and pastors. But if you are just curious about this topic or need your faith renewed it is also an excellent place to start.

I will say that one story in this book gave me more hope. If someone is searching
for God, they won't be ignored. God will send someone to them to help them find their way.

~The Rebecca Review
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Theological Teaching 12 May 2011
By Mark K. Wickersham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although I do not know John Piper, he has made a significant impact in my life. Pastor Piper is the author of more than forty books, and Jesus: The Only Way to God is one of over a dozen books of his I have read. It was published less than one year ago and can combat much of the junk that is printed today. The 123 pager is divided into seven chapters (plus an introduction, conclusion, and a Desiring God resource page) and completing it will take you about the same time it takes to watch a movie. If you believe in relativism (There is no absolute truth), universalism (All people will go to Heaven), or annihilationism (When a person dies, they no longer exists), prepare to be challenged. Jesus: The Only Way to God is solid theological teaching that makes no qualms about who Jesus is. Jesus is the Son of God who became sin for us. His work on the cross is what saves us. One must place their faith in Him or they will be eternally tormented in Hell when they pass from this world. Only Jesus gives us access to God. Only Jesus gives us eternal life in Heaven. We are to live for Him because He died for us. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6).
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