Apostasy from the Gospel

The Nature and Causes

Weight 0.38 lbs
Dimensions 7.13 × 4.75 × 0.5 in
Binding

Paperback, eBook (ePub & Kindle), Paperback & eBook (ePub & Kindle)

Format

Book

ISBN

9781800401587

Page Count

208

Original Pub Date

1676

Banner Pub Date

Sep 23, 2021

Series

Puritan Paperbacks

Topic

General Theology, Spiritual Growth

Book Description

Now, in this modernised abridgement of John Owen’s Apostasy From the Gospel, Dr R. J. K. Law makes its powerful teaching readily accessible to modern readers. Some will find its pages deeply soul-searching; others will be struck with the clarity of Owen’s insight; all will find a work which wounds in order to heal.

Few subjects have received less attention from contemporary Christian writers than that of apostasy. The idea that professing Christians may prove not to be true Christians is, in many respects, too serious a prospect for our facile age. But, for Owen, such avoidance of the issue was itself a pressing reason for writing on it at length and in great depth of spiritual analysis. His exposition is a masterpiece of penetration and discernment.

Table of Contents Expand ↓

Publisher’s Preface vii
1. The Nature and Causes of Apostasy from the Gospel 1
2. Partial Apostasy from the Gospel 43
3. Apostasy from the Truth of the Gospel 51
4. The Reasons and Causes of Apostasy 61
5. Darkness and Ignorance as Causes of Apostasy 73
6. Pride, Neglect, and Worldliness Causes of ­Apostasy 91
7. Apostasy from the Doctrines of the Gospel 105
8. Apostasy from the Commands of the Gospel 119
9. Apostasy and the Ordained Ministry 137
10. Further Causes of Apostasy 145
11. Apostasy from Evangelical Worship 165
12. The Dangers of Widespread Apostasy 169
13. Defences against Apostasy 183

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  1. Balint Vasarhelyi

    Today, John Owen’s book is as actual as it has ever been. Owen perfectly points out the awful danger of apostasy from the Gospel, its truths, its doctrines and its commands. He solemnly warns the Christian against apostasy, which today is more threatening than ever. A must-read for every church member and minister to be armed against the delusions of the false church. The abridgement by R. J. K. Law is easy to read.

  2. Gerry

    This work by Owen is an incredibly important and insightful look into a subject almost, if not totally, ignored by modern evangelicalism. His analysis and exposition of Hebrews 6:4-9 in the first 36 pages (chapter 1) is simply astounding, stunning, and deeply and critically insightful.

    His explanation, from scripture, as to the difference between Illumination of the Spirit and Regeneration by The Spirit, and how these two spiritual phenomena are easily and often confounded and confused is, I think, life changing, essential, absolutely mandatory (along with “the fear of the Lord”), in order to avoid the error of false assurance of faith.

    As such, the first 36 pages are worth infinitely more than the minuscule cost of this jewel of wisdom and divine knowledge.

    While Owen, in subsequent chapters does apply this knowledge of what Apostasy really is tad found in false Protestantism, because in his time there was a greater, apparently, concern among the Puritans of the reemergence of Roman Catholicism into formerly sound Protestant churches, his focus seems to be on this problem, rather than on false Protestantism, a much more subtle and beguiling tool of Satan to eternally destroy souls.

    As such, I would greatly encourage all who value “the Truth, as it is in Jesus, to obtain and prayerfully read and meditate on this precious book and think about what it reveals to your heart, and mind, about not only what you see and feel going on in “Christianity”, so-called, today, both in Roman Catholic claims to this position, and in Protestantism, both liberal and, especially, that which claims to be “conservative, Biblical, and yes, sadly, some camps now claiming to teach and embrace “reformed”, “christianity”, but which have departed from the sound, self denying form of this faith taught and lived out by those great and godly Puritan elders in the faith, who “though dead, yet speak” through their writings.

    Which writings, I would add, some modern reformed camps point to and claim to teach and follow, but do not.

    In illustrating and proving his exposition of the difference between true and false faith, with an emphasis on the danger of not discerning the difference therein because of a shallow understanding of the difference between Illumination of The Spirit and Regeneration of the Spirit, Owen among many verses, points to The Parable of The Sower, and shows how The Lord’s use of the warning taught there must be taken seriously.

    Please go and read and think about this book carefully if His Spirit has now led you to read this testimony of my blessed encounter with this Truth.

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