Il who assured me he would pray for me The following morning I was feeling a little down but made my way to the bookshop my church ran following morning I was feeling a little down but made my way to the bookshop my church ran Saturday s and found this book Something compelled me to purchase it and I read the book within one or two days can t uite remember but i read it uickly As I read it all of the deep uestions
*and concerns I was facing were resolved and I felt my soul *concerns I was facing were resolved and I felt my soul in the Lord and the Gospel and the great Reformed doctrines of Calvinism like never before The book is essentially a refutation of the teaching of Herman Hoeksema on this point I had never heard of Hoeksema but I had struggled with the doctrinal issues presented Obviously not every fine mystery on this point is revealed to us nor makes sense but I think Rev Silversides ably proves the case for the Free Offer which I have come to realize is an important issue in the Reformed Churches that of genuinely offering Christ to our hearers Evangelists will benefit from the theology and numerous uotes contained in this work To this day my heart warms when Evangelists will benefit from the theology and numerous uotes contained in this work To this day my heart warms when think of this book. Ne frustrationhe uotes many authors to back up his assertions Calvin TurretinCunninghamand many The book is clearly written carefully argued uses restrained languageand will be helpful to those perplexed by this subject – Rev William MacLeod Free Church WitnessWe hope and believe that David Silversides' thorough work will be of help to many on this important issue – Rev Iain Murray Banner of Truth Magazinea hugely impressive work attractively presented and AV based For all who have an interest in this vital subjectthis book is reuired reading Rev Timothy Nelson British Church Newspape. The bits I understood I loved I d not really encountered the view Silversides is countering so following some of what he says can be hard But what he positively asserts throughout and how he explains it is excellentI ve got a much deeper appreciation of God s goodness mercy and grace and how He does desire the salvation of sinners and how the Gospel invitation is so universally offered so that none might exclude themselves from itIf you just want to dip in then go to Appendix B and read the uotes from Calvin forwards where they put forth how the Gospel is to be offered they ll get repetitive over the 35 pages But That S The Point that s the point agree though each has their own way of saying it This book changed my life I had the privilege of meeting Rev Silversides in 2016 and he very indly signed my copy This book came as an answer to prayer for me I was struggling with the fact that I saw Calvinism in Scripture and could not deny it but found myself rejecting the idea that God had nothing but hate for the non elect I understood common grace but I had imbibed the. David Silversides minister of Loughbrickland Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland argues that Scripture warrants than a presentation of the facts of Christ’s redeeming work accompanied with a bare command to repent and believe He contends that God expresses His loving indness by extending a free to repent and believe He contends that God expresses His loving indness by extending a free of mercy to all sinners Silversides not only
*presents scriptural arguments for his case but also a host of uotations from the Reformers and Puritans to show its Reformed *scriptural arguments for his case but also a host of uotations from the Reformers and Puritans to show its Reformed Silversides' purpose is to establish the doctrine of Scripture on the 'free offer' and he has done thi. ,
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Teaching that common grace toward the non elect only served to increase their wrath in damnation On the other side of the their wrath in damnation On the other side of the Silversides presents common grace as an overture of God s love for all men elect and non elect and a Gospel
offer to all indiscriminately as a street evangelistto all indiscriminately As a street evangelist struggled often when preaching with the idea that if the Gospel offer is only for the elect then what if all these people were non elect Who was I preaching to Myself Of course God is glorified in the proclamation of His Word but I Also Wanted Like The Apostle Paul And wanted like the Apostle Paul and Lord Jesus to see sinners come to repentance I need to believe what I was offering was truly genuine from the Lord Hyper Calvinistic notions had done damage to this aspect of my ministry When I came to see the free offer as indiscriminate to all even if not received and also as an overture of love I was able to confidently preach the Gospel like I had once done before imbibing hyper Calvinism Back to the answer to prayer Before I found this book I had expressed my struggles of soul to a friend by ema. S with very considerable charity precision and forceThe whole subject is treated in a masterly way carefully distinguishing between things that differ May the reading of it stir hearts to preach the joyful message of the gospel to poor lost sinners Rev Malcolm Watts Salisburyanswers such uestions as Does God show love to the non elect in this life Does God command us to love those whom He does not Is common grace compatible with God's hatred of the wicked Is common grace compatible with the unchangeableness of God He asserts that the free offer is an expression of divine indness not divi.