by Garry Friesen
- Hardcover: 430 pages
- Publisher: Multnomah Press
- Date Published: 1980
- Owner: Liberty library
- Date of reading: 1st – 5/12
Point: Practically speaking, discerning God’s will is making wise decisions.
Path: The author begins with an accurate fictional account of the traditional view of discerning God’s Will. He then critiques this traditional view through a study of the biblical evidence and logical inconsistencies. The third part deals with what the author calls, “The Way of Wisdom.” He then concludes the work with the practical applications of this wisdom view.
Sources: Scriptural foundation, accurate understanding of opposing views, literature current at the time of writing.
Agreement: I found that this book was extremely helpful in clarifying some of the errors commonly associated with the traditional areas. The grey areas, which in some way had to be assumed for their view, were revealed and biblically critiqued.
The book is full of helpful charts and outlines. I would buy it just for those.
Disagreement: His understanding of the regulative and normative principles was shallow, but it was not necessary to his argument.
Personal App: Instead of asking how I can know God’s will, I should be asking how I can be wise. True wisdom comes from above through the Scriptures. If I want to be wise I must seek to fully understand and appreciate his revealed Moral will.
Favorite Quote: “The way one acknowledges God in all his ways [Prov 3:5-6] is by believing and obeying the Law of God rather than trusting and following man’s finite, worldly philosophy for success and happiness.” (99)
Stars: 5 out of 5
It would be worth another read and I would recommend it.
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