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A God to Call Father: Discovering Intimacy With God

by Michael R. Phillips

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This book is a huge disappointment. I thought it was going to provide some meaty theological discussion, but this wasn't the case. The author kept emphasizing free will, almost to an extreme, much like another horribly disappointing book, Get Off Your Knees and Pray by Sheila Walsh (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7040871-get-off-your-knees-pray), which didn’t even address the tough theological questions that it mentioned (because all it did was mention them).

I can’t stand these modern "Christian" books. According to Phillips, it's wrong to believe that Jesus saved us from God, even though the Bible says, "...having now been justified by His [Christ's] blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life” (Rom. 5:9-10).

Phillips also stressed that there are many “borderline” and “valley” Christians who are “saved” but not in a truly intimate relationship with their heavenly Father; and he kept making huge assumptions about how most Christians know this or think like this or don’t know that. While Spurgeon described that, just as there were several levels in Noah's ark, some of which were closer to God, so there are levels of Christians; Phillips trivializes salvation, much like a flu shot that someone took a long time ago. ( )
  cemontijo | Jan 18, 2016 |
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