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The historical Adam. Inerrancy. Divine providence. Final judgment. Each book in the Counterpoints series is indispensable for understanding different views on the foundational issues of Christianity. If it’s vital, it’s in Counterpoints…
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What’s special about the Counterpoints series?
Counterpoints volumes offer you expert dialogue on issues important to Christians.
Each Counterpoints volume—let’s take Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither? for an example—contains multiple contributing authors from various theological backgrounds. Each expert…
3 Developments About Hell You Should Know
It seems hell is on the outs these days in evangelicalism. At least the traditional understanding of it. Ever since John Stott acknowledged his annihilationism leanings and pseudonymous Gregory MacDonald offered a vision for Christian universalism, the nature of hell has been on the (re)examination table.
Sitting at the cusp of this ongoing discussion is a revised version of Four Views on Hell, (released 3/8/16) with contributions by four leading evangelical voices reshaping the traditional doctrine: Denny Burk, John Stackhouse, Robin Parry, and Jerry Walls.
“This new volume,” writes general editor Preston Sprinkle, “brings in a new set of authors who will espouse fresh insights that build on the flurry of recent books and discussions about the nature of hell.” (9)
Notice the discussion isn’t about whether hell exists, but what it is.…
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Doubter. Skeptic. Questioner.
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The Counterpoints series was written with your questions in mind!
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Four Views on Hell | With contributions John F. Walvoord, Zachary J. Hayes and Clark H. Pinnock and edited by William Crockett.
The authors meet this subject head-on with different views…
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The Counterpoints series is indispensable for understanding different views on Christianity’s vital issues. The series covers diverse topics in the areas of theology, biblical studies, and church life including volumes on the Trinity, the historical Adam, hell, biblical inerrancy, baptism, the rapture, women in ministry, eternal security, and much more.
These volumes feature contributions from some of today’s most respected scholars and theologians including Michael F. Bird, Wayne A. Grudem, Michael Horton, Craig S. Keener, Tremper Longman III, Douglas J. Moo, Thomas R. Schreiner, Kevin J. Vanhoozer, and many more.
Final Judgment: How Does Scripture Set the Stage? [Excerpt]
Excerpted from Alan P. Stanley's introduction to the new Counterpoints book, Four Views on the Role of Works at the Final Judgment.
It's the end of time, the place is heaven; the scene resembles a courtroom.
Front and center is a great white throne, unapproachable, encircled by
a multifaceted display of shining and sparkling jewel-like colors. An
exceedingly powerful electrical storm emerges from the throne; flashes
of lightning and peals of thunder produce an audio-visual display out of
this world. Ineffable heavenly beings surround the throne spellbound,
enthralled, fascinated, awestruck, captivated, mesmerized by the holy
one seated on the throne. Others too, worship without hesitation, adoring
the incomparable worth of God, the King of the universe.
The Judge appears in glorious splendor. He is powerful, majestic,
beyond description, awesome, and dressed in a long robe with a golden
belt circling his chest; his head and hair are white as snow, his eyes
blazing like fire, and his feet shining like fine bronze in a furnace.
He speaks. His voice is like the sound of a great waterfall. In his right
hand he holds seven stars. A sharp, two-edged sword protrudes from
his mouth, and his face blazes like the sun.
Heaven and earth flee from his presence. But the dead, great and
small, stand before the throne, where very thick books lie open. Another
book, the book of life is opened. And the dead are judged according to
the information in the books.
This is the final judgment, commonly known as the Great White
Throne Judgment (Rev. 20:11 – 15). It is the last and final act of history
before God dwells with his people forever. We may disagree on other
things, but all agree that this is the final judgment.
Judgment in Scripture
Judgment in the Old Testament
That God is the rightful "Judge of all the earth"1 (Gen. 18:25) has been a stalwart of the biblical story from the beginning (e.g., 16:5; 31:53)… "Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?" (Gen. 18:25). Yes, he
will. He will judge with justice and equity (Pss. 9:8; 72:2; 75:2; 96:10),
which means "the wicked will not stand in the judgment" (Ps. 1:5) and
the righteous will "sing before the Lord" (98:9). As for when this will
happen, God has chosen "the appointed time" (75:2); "that day belongs
to the Lord" (Jer. 46:10). But God will save his people. "For the Lord is
our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is he who
will save us" (Isa. 33:22). Since Israel will sing on "that day," they could
sing in "their day" (Ps. 75).
Judgment in the New Testament
The New Testament similarly declares that God has "set a day," or
so variously called (Acts 17:31; cf. Matt. 8:29; Rom. 2:16; 1 Cor. 4:5;
2 Tim. 4:8). It is "the last day" (John 12:48), "the day of judgment"
(Matt. 10:15; 11:22; 12:36; 2 Pet. 3:7; 1 John 4:17; cf. 2 Pet. 3:12),
when God "will judge the world" (Acts 17:31; Rom. 3:6). But there is
an advance on the Old Testament. This day has come closer. "The ax
is already at the root of the trees" (Matt. 3:10). "The hour has already
come" (Rom. 13:11). "The end of all things is near" (1 Pet. 4:7). Hence,
the Lord "is ready to judge the living and the dead" (1 Pet. 4:5).
But there's more.
Wednesday Giveaway – 4 Views on the Apostle Paul
"I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings." -1 Cor. 9:22b-23
UPDATE 8/9/13: The winner of this giveaway is Mike K. Thanks to everyone else for joining the discussion!
The Apostle Paul. Few individuals have influenced the Christian church as much as Paul. Of course, his letters contain some things that are "hard to understand" (2 Pet. 3:15), and we may come away with different perspectives on these topics:
What did Paul think about salvation? What was Paul's view of the significance of Christ? What is the best framework for describing Paul's theological perspective? What was Paul's vision for the churches?