David Gibson & Jonathan Gibson, Ed., Ruined Sinners to Reclaim (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2024), 998 pp.

In 2013, Crossway Books published From Heaven He Came and Sought Her: Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective edited by David Gibson and Jonathan Gibson. This formidable work was widely received and eventually became the first in a series of books entitled The Doctrines of Grace Series.

The second book in the series, also edited by David Gibson and Jonathan Gibson, addressed the matter of sin. Ruined Sinners to Reclaim: Sin and Depravity in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective a theological tour de force. The subtitle accurately describes the essence of the book. Like the previous volume, this book includes contributions from Bible scholars and pastors, all of whom embrace the Reformed faith. As such, there is no wiggle room for compromise. No stone is left unturned here. Readers are confronted with the tragic nature of the fall and the historical, biblical, theologically and pastoral implications.

The rubber meets the road when the preacher stands in the pulpit. Will he proclaim the unadulterated gospel, which includes a robust teaching on the radical corruption of mankind? Al Mohler provides a much-needed perspective on this important matter:

One immediate realization that must come to the preacher is that there is no mediating position between the rejection of the concept of sin and its biblical affirmation. A little bit of the doctrine of sin will do no one any good. Recovery will be found – and salvation of sinners can come—only when the word is rightly preached and when sin is powerfully demonstrated in its biblical fullness—and its biblical horror.

I commend this book and look forward to the forthcoming volumes in The Doctrines of Grace series.

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