This blog is devoted to discussing the pursuit of eternal life.
Discussion and participation by readers is desired,
but contributions should correlate to the book,
The Race Set Before Us: A Biblical Theology
of Perseverance & Assurance

Thomas R. Schreiner
& Ardel B. Caneday

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Let Go and Let God? Prepublication Order Opportunity

Keswick theology—one of the most significant strands of second-blessing theology—assumes that Christians experience two “blessings.” The first is getting “saved,” and the second is getting serious. The change is dramatic: from a defeated life to a victorious life, from a lower life to a higher life, from a shallow life to a deeper life, from a fruitless life to a more abundant life, from being “carnal” to being “spiritual,” from merely having Jesus as your Savior to making Jesus your Master. So how do people experience this second blessing? Through surrender and faith: “Let go and let God.”

Second-blessing theology is pervasive because countless people have propagated it in so many ways, especially in sermons and devotional writings. It is appealing because Christians struggle with sin and want to be victorious in that struggle—now. Second-blessing theology offers a quick fix to this struggle, and its shortcut to instant victory appeals to genuine longings for holiness.

This book’s thesis is simple: Keswick theology is not biblically sound. This book tells the story of where Keswick theology comes from, explains what exactly it is, and then refutes it while building a case for a biblical alternative. No other book surveys the history and theology of second-blessing theology like this and then analyzes it from a soteriologically Reformed perspective.

For numerous impressive endorsements by a list of who's who among America's evangelicals, click here.

For endorsements, table of contents, and Tom Schreiner's foreword, click here.

If you would like to get a preview/overview of Andy Naselli's critique of Keswick Theology, you may do so by exploring the following. In March 2008 Andy presented the following materials at Detroit Seminary.

1. Handout (five-page PDF)

2. Power Point presentation as a PDF (eighty slides with lots of pictures) [12.1 MB]

3. MP3s:
Unfortunately, the book will not be published on paper, at least for now. See the explanation here.

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