Evangelical Certainties In Our Day

The Word for This Century, edited by Merrill C. Tenney (Oxford, 1960, 184 pp., $4), is reviewed by Dr. C. Adrian Heaton, President, California Baptist Theological Seminary.

“Evangelical Certainties in an Area of Conflict” is the subtitle of this lively volume. What certainties?

First, sin is a “willful revolt against the sovereign Holy God” says Carl Henry. Darwinism had laughed at the sense of sin. Freudianism dealt with “guilt feelings” rather than “guilt.” Liberalism almost completely lost the sense of sin, but “man’s iniquity forced the reappraisal of both secular and religious optimism” (p. 10). Biblical revelation, which true evangelicals take with complete seriousness, requires a depth concept of sin as a necessary part of an adequate doctrine of redemption and incentive to evangelism.

Second, the Bible at one and the same time points to the Living Word and is the God-breathed, authoritative interpretation of Christ, says Kenneth S. Kantzer. His chapter is not a rehash of clichés about the Bible but a treatment showing insight on the contemporary debate about revelation and authority. This chapter should be read along with Bernard Ramm’s new volume The Witness of the Holy Spirit, which is a fuller treatment of the same fresh insight.

Chapters on “The Person of Christ” and “Redemption by Christ” by Stuart C. Hackett and the late T. Leonard Lewis state other universally accepted evangelical certainties. Sanctification is treated by Billy Graham under the heading of “Christ in the Believer.” The chapter is largely sermonic in four points. First, “Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.” Second, the putting off of the old man and ...

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