(Review by Dr. S. Westcott, British Church Newspaper)
Reformation Heritage Books is rapidly emerging as a major supplier of Puritan and modern Reformed theology books. It has recently supplemented its range of more weighty volumes with a series of small, easily read, cheep to acquire booklets, typically ranging from 20 to 30 pages, on the basic truths of the Biblical Christian faith.
With the overall title of ‘Cultivating Biblical Godliness’ the emphasis is on establishing sound doctrine, and then making very practical applications for today’s Christians.
What is a Christian? – Ryan M. McGraw
In thirty pages the writer first clears away false concepts of what it is to be (or become) a Christian, such as reliance on good works, Church attendance, or taking the sacraments, and then he focuses on the fact that a true Christian may be defined by belief in the Bible as God’s inspired and infallible word, accepting it teaching on creation, the fall, and redemption only b saving faith in the substitutionary atonement of Christ. Proofs that a person is a true Christian flow from altered lives, by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and spiritual union with Christ.
Fallen man as a sinner, and Christ as a Divine Redeemer are contrasted throughout, and practical questions asked: Do you practice an obedient love for God? Do you love and strive to keep God’s law?
What Does it Mean to Love God? – Maurice Roberts
Love is a much misused and devalued word these days. Love to God is a wholly different thing, the writer emphasis in this booklet, for wholehearted love to God is the duty of all men, punishable when it is lacking, but a daily living reality for those redeemed in Christ. Visible proof of love to God is love to the church family with a continual desire for their increased sanctification and growth in grace, and love for our neighbor, shown especially in a deep desire that souls will be saved and brought from death to life in Christ, all to the end that God may receive the glory.
We do not love God for what he can do for us (wonderful as those things are) but for what he is: his perfections and holiness. Love for God in the soul brings the truest and greatest happiness on earth. By it the believer can rejoice in the greatest suffering and hardship, and its consummation lies in a blessed eternity to come when we shall see our Father, and be like Christ our Redeemer. Heaven after all, as Jonathan Edwards said, “is a world of love.” This is another very practical contribution to the series.