Pastor-Teacher John MacArthur has written a series of “Truth About” books which includes “The Truth About Grace”. As with the other two in the series this book looks at a particular Christian philosophy.
The author begins by dividing grace into two specific concepts: Common Grace and Special Grace thus introducing a specific doctrine. This is important because many churches have their own definition of grace and all do not distinguish one grace from another. A common definition is: undeserved favor from God.
As with all of his books John MacArthur gives a detailed explanation of what “grace” is and what it is not. In reading “The Truth About Grace” the reader will develop an understanding of various biblical principles relating to a Christian lifestyle.
As I read the book I got the impression that John MacArthur sees God’s grace as the reason why we are able to receive salvation, which is true. What I believe he disagrees with is the teachings of “grace teachers” who present grace as a demonstration of God’s love in our daily lives as He blesses us with undeserved favor. By dividing grace into two concepts he in essence distinguishes his definition of grace from those of various grace churches.
Obviously, of the three books that I read: “The Truth About the Lordship of Christ”, “The Truth About Forgiveness” and this one “The Truth About Grace”, this was my least favorite. Though I can appreciate his words on the subject I believe it falls short of the fullness of God’s grace. That said, I do recommend this book.
I receive a complimentary copy of this book in exchange of a honest and fair review.