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The Sovereignty of God (book review: Presbyterian Journal)

The Sovereignty of God, by Arthur W. Pink
Presbyterian Journal
February 1, l978

Arthur Pink was born in England in the 19th century and died in Scotland in 1952. To read his writings, however, you would think he lived in the 17th century, for he was a Puritan in the classic sense of calling an impure Church to embrace the doctrines of grace in an age of soft headed Bible teaching. As a Puritan out of step with his time, he would rejoice to see the movement of preachers of sovereign grace back into the pulpits in the Iasi half of the 20th century.

Pink was not always a Reformed theologian, however. Some of his earlier commentaries, Genesis, fur example, need to be read cautiously. Even so, while he continued lo move toward a more complete expression of Reformed theology in his writing career, his earlier doctrinal books such as the great work on sovereignty show him to be a gifted pastor enraptured by his love for the Scriptures (2 Cor. 10:5).

Baker Books, in one of their many series, has started another set entitled “Summit Books,” One of their offerings in the series is this classic, written in l918. Easy reading even for the new christen, the book ought to be required reading for every believer because it is not a seminar treatment of the doctrine of sovereignty but rather a study written with the layman in mind. Good for him!

Pink defines the concept of God’s sovereignty in the beginning of his book. In subsequent chapters, he explains that great truth in its relationship to creation, salvation, human will and responsibility, and prayer. He follows this discussion with a section on some of the difficulties and objections to the Reformed view of sovereignty and his answer are still applicable to the Church a half century later. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow—and so are sinners!

There is a helpful index of Scripture passages used in the book, but the work suffers the same weakness that so many other older books labor under: lack, of a general index for quick reference.

This book is a Christian classic and as such it surely belongs in your library, after having been carefully read.

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