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Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952) &quot;was born in Great Britain and immigrated to the U.S. to study at Moody Bible Institute. He pastored churches in Colorado, California, Kentucky, and South Carolina before becoming an itinerant Bible teacher in 1919. From 1925-1927 he Pastored in Sydney, Australia then went to visit his hometown of Nottingham, England before returning to the U.S. He returned to his native land in 1934, taking up residence on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, in 1940, and remained there until his death. Most of his works first appeared as articles in Studies in Scriptures, a monthly magazine concerned solely with the exposition of Scripture.
The book, The Attributes of God, explores attributes such as God's decree, foreknowledge, sovereignty, holiness, grace, and mercy. Pink starts out with the solitariness of God. Which simply means God is self-contained, self-sufficient, self-satisfied and need of nothing.
In chapter two, Pink discusses that man is a responsible creature and answerable for his actions. The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:10, &quot;For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done whether it be good or bad.&quot; With this view, we cannot afford to trifle or to sin. Every day should be viewed in the light of the last day, and then we shall live as we should.
Pink goes on to say in chapter 4, that God sat down and decided who would be saved and who would go to hell. It cannot be put any other way. This is what he claims. According to my Bible, this is not so. You cannot deny that these terms are in scripture. We know that Christ is all knowing, and therefore he knows who will accept his free gift and who will not. God uses the foolishness of preaching to bring sinner unto salvation. Romans 10:14; &quot;How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?&quot;
There are those who call themselves &quot;Hyper-Calvinist&quot;. This is a belief that I cannot conform to. I don't care if they want to call themselves this all they want, as long as they are trying to win people to Christ. The Bible tells us in Matthew 28:19-20, &quot;Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.&quot; This is our great commission! How can someone say that there are those who God elected certain ones who will be saved and certain ones to spend an eternity in hell?
The term of &quot;elect&quot;, refers to us that are saved. We are the elected. We are predestined to spend an eternity in heaven with Christ. We are not predestined to be saved. Those who accept the free gift of Christ are the ones that have been predestined. There are not those who are predestined to hell. If they refuse to accept this free gift, and they die without Christ, then they will spend an eternity in hell.
Let's suppose that we are chosen to be saved. When is our name written in the Lamb's Book of Life? Is it already written? Or is it written when we accept Christ as savior? Romans 10:13; &quot;For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.&quot; I do not find anywhere in the Bible that it states that only if the &quot;elect&quot; call upon the name of the Lord, then they will be saved.
There are those people that believe that since God has chosen certain people to be saved, then there is nothing they can do about it. So they won't even worry about evangelism. If this is the case, then why should we even have church? If they are going to be saved, then there is no need of church. There is no need of missionaries. They will come to Christ even if we don't go after them. They are not obeying the great commission! Evangelism is the process in which God brings sinners to salvation.
If there is anyone who has an excuse, it would be Pharaoh. For the Lord had hardened his heart. Is he going to stand before the Lord one day and say, &quot;well, I didn't stand a chance, you hardened my heart.&quot; When all those who denied Christ stand in judgment, will they be able to say that they had no chance? No, they will have to give an account for not accepting Christ's free gift. Revelation 20:15; &quot;And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.&quot; Why would we even have a judgment of sinners if Christ already elected them to spend an eternity in hell?
2 Peter 3:9; &quot;The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.&quot; John 3:16; &quot;For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.&quot; All mankind! It does not mean any particular part of the world, but the entire world. The gospel is for all mankind, and whoever trusts him is and shall be saved.
Hebrews 2:9; &quot;But we see Jesus who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for ever man.&quot; I don't see any of these Calvinists explaining this verse. For all, for each and all, whether Jew or Gentile, bond or free, high or low. The Lord Jesus &quot;tasted death for EVERY MAN. This verse sums it all up. The whole human race.
In chapter five, we are looking at those who claim to be Christians. They know not the God of holy writ. On page 36, &quot;the &quot;god&quot; of this twentieth century no more resembles the Supreme Sovereign of Holy writ than does the dim flickering of a candle the glory of the midday sun.&quot; We are the clay in the potter's hand. Our churches no longer are preaching the Supremacy of a Holy God. The urgency of our messages have slacked in the importance and the fact that time is growing smaller and smaller for those who need Christ. Men allow God to be everywhere except on His throne.
Men have chosen to allow God only in certain areas of their lives, as long as he doesn't cramp or style. They have created a buffet style of Christianity. Take only what they want and leave the rest. The Israelites find out that when God said something, and they did not follow his directions completely, they suffered the price. We have created a God that is soft, and does not hold believers to his desires. We have no right deciding that God will allow me to live in any way that does not line up with scripture. Hebrews 13:8; &quot;Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. There it stands as an absolute proposition, that Jesus Christ is the same as he has always been, he is unchangeable. If he were fickle, changing in his character and plans, then he would not be sovereign.
Because God is holy he hates all sin. Proverbs 15:26; &quot;The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.&quot; He is displeased with them and will reckon them for it. God hates the sin, but loves the sinner. The world does not truly believe in the holiness of God. They say that a loving God will not send them to hell. They think of a &quot;god&quot; only fashioned after their own evil hearts. It is no wonder why people do not respond to the preaching of the word today. They scoff at the preaching that puts them as the sinners they are. Men look at others as being &quot;bigger&quot; sinners than they are. Our own little sins are not that bad.
The power of God is that He can do as He pleases, and it is always right. We can see the power of God in all of creation around us. God began with nothing and created a majestic creation. God's power has preserved all of creation. It is amazing how anything in this world can survive on its own. It cannot, without the power of God. We must tremble in our weakness before such a powerful God, who can end us at any moment he pleases. If such men of this world can have amazing amount of admiration, why doesn't our God get the admiration that he deserves. All that he has done for us, and we treat him as something we whip out when we need him. He is to be a God that is always involved in our lives. Not when it is convienant.
The goodness of God is seen in His creation. Everything about our lives can attest to the goodness of God. How our bodies function, how the world goes on in its cycle. How good is our God that he should offer his son as a sacrifice for our sinful lives? His goodness is how we are offered eternal life even when we don't deserve it. How undeserving are we to receive such a gift that cost such a sacrifice that we could not pay. &quot;Had God left all to perish it would have been no reflection on his goodness.&quot; In this, our bodies belong to Him and we have no right to do with them as we please. 1 Corinthians 6:15; &quot;know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.&quot; We are professedly united to him. We are bound therefore to be pure, as he was.
The patience of God in limited. Romans 9:22; &quot;What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power know, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction.&quot; Why does forgiveness requires the shedding of blood? This is no arbitrary decree on the part of a bloodthirsty God, as some have supposed. There is no greater symbol of life than blood; blood keeps us alive. Jesus shed blood, gave his life, for our sins so that we wouldn't have to experience spiritual death, which is eternal separation from God. God's patience today is wondrous. People around the world are sinning openly and laughing at the face of God, and daring him to do something about it. It is truly amazing that he does not instantly strike dead those who so brazenly defy him.
Ignorance is worst when it amounts to ignorance of God, and knowledge is best when it exercises itself upon the name of God. Much of what Pink writes about in the book is correct. Our world today has no clue on who the God of this world is. They have a conception that he is just a loving God and would never send anyone to hell. The author does clearly state his purpose and this book and does a wonderful job at it. The strengths of this book are that it brings to light who God is and what he is capable of. The book brings to mind the attributes of God and how glorious and loving, and just he is. He supports all of his arguments biblically and with scripture.
Of course, the only errors that I find or course is the Calvinistic views. There are plenty of people that follow this view. They have the right to be wrong. The only problem I have with these views is that people use this as an excuse to not evangelize the world. So they will just run fifty people in their church. This is not the plan my God had in store for his church. They need to stop sitting around arguing topics that don't make a difference and work on seeing lost sinners come to know Christ.
This book has been a tremendous help to me in my ministry. There is much to learn from this book and apply it to our lives. This book is very valuable for my use in the ministry. The strengths are that it brings to light how wonderful our God is. The author's achievement in this book is very great. He strongly believes his statements in this book.