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Jesus: The Only Way to God--Must You Hear the Gospel to be Saved? by [Piper, John]
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If the evangelical church at large was ever too confrontational in its evangelism, those days are gone. In our shrinking, pluralistic world, the belief that Jesus is the only way of salvation is increasingly called arrogant and even hateful. In the face of this criticism, many shrink back from affirming the global necessity of knowing and believing in Jesus. In Jesus, the Only Way to God, John Piper offers a timely plea for the evangelical church to consider what is at stake in surrendering the unique, universal place of Jesus in salvation.

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Is Jesus still the only way?

If the church was ever too confrontational in its evangelism, those days are gone. In our shrinking, pluralistic world, the belief that Jesus is the only way of salvation is increasingly called arrogant and even hateful. In the face of this criticism, many shrink back from affirming the global necessity of knowing and believing in Jesus.

In Jesus: The Only Way to God--Must You Hear the Gospel to Be Saved? John Piper offers a timely plea for the evangelical church to consider what is at stake in surrendering the unique, universal place of Jesus in salvation. If you're concerned about the current state of evangelism--and the church--this book is a must-read.

John Piper (DrTheol, University of Munich) is the pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he has served since 1980. He is the author of more than forty books (including Desiring God, The Pleasures of God, and Let the Nations Be Glad!), and thirty years of his preaching and teaching is available at www.DesiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and an increasing number of grandchildren.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0801072638
  • Publisher: Baker Books (June 25 2010)
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible vs Modern Theories March 31 2013
By Lillian Ammann (Lillie) - Published on Amazon.com
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Piper argues that the Bible says that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Jesus is the only name by which we are saved. Piper explains that universalism (all roads lead to God) and annihalationism (unbelievers are simply destroyed and do not suffer eternal punishment in hell) are not Biblical. As much as we would like to believe that someone who hasn't heard of Jesus will be saved that belief is contrary to Scripture, which should create s sense of urgency for missions and for each of us to share the Gospel with everyone we know.

I especially appreciated the end notes. Not only does he list sources (often several for a particular position he takes), but he also includes personal correspondence. For example, John Stott disagrees with John Piper and believes people who have not heard about Jesus can be saved. A footnote includes a rebuttal from Stott in a personal letter to Piper, so
readers can compare the two positions and decide for themselves. This reader agrees with Piper. The Bible doesn't always say what we would like it to, but it is always the infallible Word of God.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, well-reasoned work May 2 2017
By jbmekanik - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent, well-reasoned work, that relies most heavily on relevant Scriptural passages from the Bible. Everyone who professes to be a Christian would benefit greatly from considering John Piper's defense of the exclusivity of Jesus Christ in the relationship of each person with the Living God, even if you ultimately do not agree. Excellent service and product as advertised.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Primer on God's Mission May 12 2013
By Jim L - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Piper goes to great lengths in discussing some of the most disputed biblical texts concerning hell, the exclusive claims of the gospel and the utter urgency of missions!
Oh, that the church in America ( and the West) would hear the cry of God in Scriptures for His people....that we would be willing, more than ever, to go outside the camp and proclaim the love of God in Christ.
Read this book. Pray for the lost around you and the nations. And go make disciples of Jesus Christ.
To God be the glory!
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Can Anyone Say That Jesus is the ONLY Way? July 31 2010
By O. Merce Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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In this short but deep and profound book, author John Piper proclaims Jesus as the only way of salvation. He discusses alternative popular beliefs among Christians: (1) Universalism--the belief that everyone will be saved eventually and that hell (if it exists) will lead to repentance and salvation; (2) Annihilationism--the belief that at death, if one is not saved, one just ceases to exist and experiences no torment or punishment instead of an eternity of suffering into hell; (3) Pluralism--the belief that many different religions can lead to God; and (4) Inclusivism--the belief that Jesus died to save everyone, and even those who have never heard of Him will be saved.

This book is written in an understandable, yet definitely theological style. It is not light reading, and although it is short, it took me a while to get through it (far more than the short hour I'd planned). Yet it is definitely worth the work. The writing seemed to me to be clear and brilliant, and the author's arguments--all taken from Scripture--were very convicting. It was powerful, challenging, and made me think.

In the book, John Piper thoroughly answers these three questions: (1) Will anyone experience eternal, conscious torment under God's wrath?, (2) Is the work of Jesus necessary for salvation?, and (3) Is conscious faith in Jesus necessary for salvation. He uses the Bible to defend all of his positions, which are "yes" answers to all three questions.

This an important book for Christians or highly interested non-Christians. I would not see this as an evangelistic text except for someone exceptionally familiar with theology and the Bible. I see it as a mandatory read for anyone concerned about the state of the church, orthodoxy, and evangelism. I especially see it as an important read for Christians who disagree with any of the author's positions (as I did before I read this book) but are opened to being convinced otherwise from Scripture (as I was).

Highly recommended.
*****
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Serious Look at a Troubling Topic Feb. 18 2011
By Rebecca of Amazon - Published on Amazon.com
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"What is at stake is the eternal salvation of perishing people." ~John Piper

Talk about hell and people think you are hateful. Talk about a belief in Jesus as the only way to God and it gets worse. Recently I've even had people tell me that I'm the one who is taking a risk believing in Jesus. They seem to indicate that I should be researching other religions to make sure I'm believing the right things. And truthfully I have done some research into other religions over the years and have found nothing as powerful as biblical truth, especially truths from The New Testament.

John Piper presents his arguments well although I must say there is a lot of quoting going on throughout the book which sometimes can break up the flow of thought a bit. He backs up all his ideas with scripture and this makes the book powerfully convincing.

So what does John Piper really discuss. Well he basically answers a number of questions based on one question. Is Jesus the only way to God? He also discusses whether people from different religions can get to heaven through just their belief in God. Or do they need to hear the gospel first? Some of the questions John Piper answers include:

Will anyone experience eternal conscious torment in hell?

Is conscious faith in Christ necessary for salvation?

How were people in the Old Testament times saved?

Does hell have real fire and is it eternal fire?

These are important questions although I can see why they might make people
who don't believe a little upset. Still if you are reading this and want to know what
is in this book I'm willing to tell you.

What it really comes down to in the end is that repentance leads to eternal life. Instead of hating Christians for saying what they believe, the world should be thanking Christians for caring enough about their eternal souls to tell them what might happen if they don't believe in Jesus. I think this book would be especially helpful for missionaries and pastors. But if you are just curious about this topic or need your faith renewed it is also an excellent place to start.

I will say that one story in this book gave me more hope. If someone is searching
for God, they won't be ignored. God will send someone to them to help them find their way.

~The Rebecca Review