Whomever He Wills: A Surprising Display of Sovereign Mercy

Whomever He Wills: A Surprising Display of Sovereign Mercy


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In Romans 9:16 and 18 Paul states, “So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy .... So then He has mercy on whomever He wills, and He hardens whomever He wills.” Regretfully, many today promote a theology that argues the exact opposite! Salvation is made to depend on the human will, rather than on God's mercy. In contrast, the authors of Whomever He Wills defend the biblical affirmation of God's sovereign choice in salvation. God reigns supreme over all things and He will accomplish His purpose in saving His people without fail.

This book deals with the timeless issues of the ineffable glory of the grace of God and the dependence of sinners on unalloyed mercy. It also addresses a highly contemporary conflict in Southern Baptist life over the character of this very mercy.

Contents & Contributors:
Foreword (Timothy George)
Preface (Fred Zaspel)
Introduction (Matthew Barrett and Tom Nettles)
Part I
1. Our Sovereign Savior: Sermon on Revelation 5:1—14
Steven J. Lawson
2. Total Depravity: A Biblical and Theological Examination
Mark DeVine
3. Unconditional Election: A Biblical and God-Glorifying Doctrine
Andrew M. Davis
4. Jesus Saves, No Asterisk Needed: Why Preaching the Gospel as Good News Requires Definite Atonement
David Schrock
5. The Scriptural Affirmation of Monergism
Matthew M. Barrett
6. Promises of Preservation and Exhortations to Perseverance
Thomas R. Schreiner
7. The Compatibility of Determinism and Human Freedom
Bruce A. Ware
8. God’s Sovereignty Over Evil
Stephen J. Wellum
9. Calvinism Foundational for Evangelism and Missions: A Biblical and Historical Survey
Thomas K. Ascol
Part II
10. John Calvin’s Understanding of the Death of Christ
Thomas J. Nettles
11. Sovereign Grace and Evangelism in the Preaching of John Bunyan
Ben Rogers
12.“These Radical Doctrines” The SBC and Evangelical Calvinism
Jeff Robinson
13. The Glorious Impact of Calvinism upon Local Baptist Churches
Tom Hicks

406 Pages
Published June 2012

About the Editors: Matthew Barrett (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at California Baptist University. He is also the founder and executive editor of Credo Magazine. Barrett has contributed book reviews and articles to various academic journals, and he is the author of several forthcoming books. He is married to Elizabeth and they have two daughters, Cassandra and Georgia.

Thomas J. Nettles is widely regarded as one of the foremost Baptist historians in America. He came to Southern Seminary from the faculty of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he was Professor of Church History and Chair of the Department of Church History. He previously taught at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary.

Book Details

406 Pages
Publisher: Founder's Press
Publication Date: June 2012
ISBN 10: 984949801
ISBN 13: 9780984949809

“The essays here do represent a serious engagement by a team of thoughtful Baptist pastors and theologians to come to grips with a major tension inherent in the Christian gospel itself. As such, it deserves to be read, discussed, and responded to.”
- Timothy George, Dean, Beeson Divinity School, author of Theology of the Reformers

“The issues in this book are essential to a consistent Theism. They are essential to any confession of divine rescue. They are an essential part of the very fabric of the biblical revelation of divine salvation. They are essential to a right understanding of the gospel. They are essential to a worship that would rightly acknowledge God as the Savior of sinners. And they are basic to a realized joy in God’s salvation.”
- Fred Zaspel, author of The Theology of B. B. Warfield, Pastor, Reformed Baptist Church of Franconia, PA

“The doctrines of grace, which form the subject matter of this book, have often proven to be the stuff of controversy in the church’s history. What I deeply appreciate about these studies of these precious truths, though, is the irenicism that informs them. And this is as it should be. To paraphrase the apostle: here we find the speaking of the truth about divine grace in love.”
- Michael A.G. Haykin, Professor of Church History, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary