In the following pages an attempt has been made to examine anew in the light of God's Word some of the profoundest questions which can engage the human mind. Oth¬ers have grappled with these mighty problems in days gone by and from their labors we are the gainers. While mak¬ing no claim for originality the writer, nevertheless, has endeavored to examine and deal with his subject from an entirely independent viewpoint. We have studied diligently the writings of such men as Augustine and Acquinas, Calvin and Melancthon, Jonathan Edwards and Ralph Erskine, Andrew Fuller and Robert Haldane.* And sad it is to think that these eminent and honored names are almost entirely unknown to the present generation. Though, of course, we do not endorse all their conclusions, yet we gladly acknowledge our deep indebtedness to their works. We have purposely refrained from quoting freely from these deeply taught theologians, because we desired that the faith of our readers should stand not in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. For this reason we have quoted freely from the Scriptures and have sought to furnish proof texts for every statement we have advanced. Arthur Walkington Pink was an English Christian evangelist and Biblical scholar known for his staunchly Calvinist and Puritan-like teachings. Though born to Christian parents, prior to conversion he migrated into a Theosophical society (an occult gnostic group popular in England during that time), and quickly rose in prominence within their ranks. His conversion came from his father's patient admonitions from Scripture. It was the verse, Proverbs 14:12, 'there is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death,' which particularly struck his heart and compelled him to renounce Theosophy and follow Jesus.
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THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD - A.W. Pink: There are no adjectives left for me, from all the other reviews. I could say from my perspective, snip all the comments that are in the 5 star catagory, put them together and you'd have my review. I must say (with hesitation, as I don't want to give a wrong impression). After finishing this book, I asked myself, WHY has this man's written narrative, (of course, using Scripture), take me places that the Bible didn't in a like manner. Well I think I have my answer. Through out the Bible the Sovereignty of God and His infinite attributes are generally spread out; so as I read, the awe, comes to me is somewhat like "snipits." Pink on the other hand is centerlizing on the single topic, and all those "snipits" are concentrated; and the Awe just keeps coming. You don't get a chance to breath, gasp, yes, but one is flooded with all those spread out verses. It's all Biblical, and when you have it all thrown on top of you at once its simply beyond what my little brain can comprehend. It gives much to the Psalm (paraphrase) wherein King David asks, ["what is it that attracts you to us little worms?"]. In summary, I can close by saying the inconcievable Sovereignty of God, as presented brings our Creator so much beyond comprehension. . .while taking man and bringing him so insignificant, by comparision. To think such a gap, and He Loves us so? Answer that from a human perspective. Praise God.more
A scripture soaked book by Pink about the control of God over every thing in life is as controversial now as it was then. Most people would not have a problem with much of the book. The chapter on God's sovereignty in reprobation is the one that caused me to read slowly and think carefully, and the one chapter that most people would disagree with. Pink pulls no punches in saying God is over everything, and uses scripture after scripture to back it up.more
The Sovereignty of God by A.W. Pink, when first published in 1918 was a very controversial book as it still is today. The reason for this is probably due to the fact that in Pink's day the doctrine of God's sovereignty was almost completely ignored, misunderstood or rejected. Why read a book on the doctrine of God's sovereignty? The author believed that this doctrine is the second most important doctrine taught in the Bible, the first being the Divine Inspiration of the Bible, which is the title of Mr.Pink's first book that was published.Pink (1886-1952) was a Christian evangelist and Biblical scholar known for his staunchly Calvinist and Puritan-like teachings. Most of Pink's writings made available to the public at Pink's Archive site. When he wrote this book, Pink was clearly concerned about the elevation of man and his abilities at the expense of the sovereignty of God throughout Christendom. He understood that presenting a high Calvinist view of God's sovereignty would not win any popularity contests, and he was certainly right about this. I found this book to be the best systematic treatment of establishing the sovereignty of god in all things that I have yet read. One of the joyous facts of all of Pink’s works is his use of scripture to explain, prove and sustain his statements. He relies more on Scripture even though he quotes throughout the book the giants of the Christian faith in the words of Calvin, Luther, Edwards, Spurgeon and Augustine. I also felt that Pink's discourse on human responsibility and accountability for his actions was utterly outstanding. The reconciliation of human responsibility or 'free-will' in light of God's sovereignty has been a central issue in Christianity throughout its history. I felt that Pink's attempt at reconciling the difficulty is a very significant achievement that moves the discussion in a very positive direction. Throughout his discourse, Pink's Biblical exegesis is thorough and often compelling. Realizing the sovereignty of our God will accomplish peace in the hearts of His people like nothing else can bring. Knowing that God is sovereign will allow the Christian to truly walk by faith - Biblical faith in a God who loves him and sovereignly works all things according to His good pleasurePink has this to say about the importance of this Biblical truth on p.19 "It is... the key to history, the interpreter of providence...and the foundation of Christian theology, p.215...it is designed as the sheet anchor for our souls amid the storms of life. Though there are many good things in this book, it is not the complete picture of God. This focus on God’ Sovereignty, though wonderful and necessary a subject for meditation, can also lead into many dangerous and off balanced positions. Read discerningly and search the scriptures.more
The wonderful thing about reading A. W. Pink is that you get this incredible blend of accomplished scholarship, of devotion to the truth, of love of our Lord, and pure pleasure in what is he doing. It feels like he is leading us frantically through the Bible saying, "Look at this; this is so cool!" I mean, in a 1928 sort of way of saying that.The theology is advanced and wonderfully presented, but it is far from dry, mainly because of Pink's enthusiasm. This may not be good for new Christians who are still on the milk of the Word, but it is something to strive for as we move forward in our understanding in the God's glory of awesome power.more
Pink wonderfully explains some difficult but crucial doctrines (like predestination, election, salvation, the wrath of God), and I especially appreciated how Pink addressed common objections to such doctrines from a biblical standpoint.more
I read Lorraine Boetner's Reformed Doctrine of Predestination in high school and thought it was the best until I was introduced to The Sovereignty of God some years later. All of the major topics that this subject brings to the mind of a serious Bible student are addressed by Pink. A copy should be in everyone's library.more
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