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Religion Saves + Nine Other Misconceptions: A Review Part 2

July 1, 2009
Religion Saves + Nine other Misconceptions

Religion Saves + Nine other Misconceptions

*If you missed part one of my review you can check it out here.

The Book – Part II

Question 6: Grace

  • Chapter opens with a very personal tone.
  • A both personal and biblical account of sin. Paragraph 2 pg. 109 is a clearly woven quotation of multiple scripture words and phrases.
  • A well painted picture of common grace and the grace God extends to all.  Both believer and non believer.
  • 13 experiences of grace provide a great time line of life from before creation to eternity to show how grace works in it all.

Question 5: Sexual Sin

  • Driscoll has certainly done his homework for this chapter.
  • Many of Driscoll’s examples and statistics are SHOCKING!  But until those in the covenant community wake up to the desensitization of all of us to sexual prevalency, such reminders remain a powerful tool I applaud Driscoll for having the courage to utilize.  Take what he says here seriously.
  • All of us are broken in this area in some way.  What way is your way?
  • This chapter will be very difficult for people (men in particular) to swallow.  It needed to be said.
  • “You either turn your back to sin and look to Jesus or turn your back to Jesus and look to sin.”
  • Use Driscoll’s well thought and biblical (this is the key) counsel to flesh out sin and lead you to repent rather then just saying you are sorry and not changing at all.

Question 4: Faith and Works

  • Driscoll often defaults to those who are more wise and gives credit when it is due.  He speaks often of those who have served as spiritual mentors.  This provides a great example for his audience.
  • I absolutely love that Driscoll often quotes scripture within his writing and places it right into the book rather then just referencing a verse in the footnotes.  In doing so he makes scripture itself the central points of his arguments.  This is one of my favorite parts of the whole book.
  • This chapter goes in (perhaps) a different direction then I would have expected.  It is mostly about regeneration.  However, at the beginning of the chapter, he does explain why he goes this route.
  • Why does he do this?  I suspect to show regeneration as how God saves you and to make that clear before reading and answering James 2:14-26.  This is good because if one were to read James 2:14-26 without looking it at in light of the rest of scripture, one could run into some problems.

Question 3: Dating (This chapter is available for free online.  You can check it out here.)

  • A history on how society has changed in the meaning of dating and how we date
  • I like that he mentions cohabitation.  He doesn’t just subjectively condemn it, he does so objectively with facts.
  • Constructively dismantles the notion that it is always better to be single then get married from Paul’s writings in the new testament and what Paul meant.
  • Investigates marriage the way God intended.
  • Not just in this chapter but throughout the book he poses many questions for the reader to ponder.  They are very well placed, timed, and almost always follow a biblically constructed argument.
  • He gives 16 principles for christian dating for both men and women.  He is often very through and well thought in his arguments and almost always presents a lot of points.
  • 7 questions for men and 7 questions for women to ask about the opposite sex in the context of dating.  Again, very thorough.
  • Ends the chapter examining the methods for christian dating, focusing on the most common one, courtship.

Question 2: Emerging Church

  • The background and story of the emerging church.  He also includes his own personal history with respect to it.
  • 4 lanes on the highway. The Emergent Liberals are the lane on the highway that are the issue and the bulk of the discussion.
  • The identifying marks of the different camps of the emerging church.  What they agree on and, for a majority of the chapter, what they do not.
  • Many of the things Driscoll points to that Emergent church leaders believe are unbelievable.  They are rooted in ideas that are so far from the bible it is very difficult to identify them as Christian.  You have to read them for yourself.

Question 1: The Regulative Principle

  • I am not going to spend anytime on this chapter because I did not get all that much out of it.
  • In an interview with Justin Taylor Driscoll said “Everyone, I would guess, will love and hate chapters of the book.”  This chapter was that chapter for me.
  • I cannot believe that this was the question that received the most votes. I think 9 out of 10 people I know would have no clue as to what this even is.

Conclusion

I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it.  I felt like I learned a lot.  I think most of the people I know, if they read this book, would not like a majority of what it has to say.  But they will be forced to ask themselves why.

In that interview with Justin Taylor, Driscoll also said:

So I guess I wrote the book for the people in our church, my online friends, and anyone who wants to know more about some of the big controversial issues in our day.

It is not about new way of thinking.  It is about rediscovering the correct way of thinking.

It is about the bible.

It is about Jesus.

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