Some Endorsements of Kept for Jesus: What the New Testament Really Teaches about Assurance of Salvation and Eternal Security
From the moment I began to read the introduction to Kept for Jesus, Sam Storms had me hooked! Continue reading . . .
“From the moment I began to read the introduction to Kept for Jesus, Sam Storms had me hooked! His story about “Charley,” who was raised in the church yet abandoned Christianity while a university student, provides the springboard for the ensuing presentation of eternal security and assurance of salvation from the various theological perspectives that we his readers hold. Was Charley once a Christian who has lost his salvation? Is Charley a Christian who has lost his future rewards? Is Charley a Christian now living in disobedience yet whom God will eventually turn around to renewed obedience? Was Charley never a genuine Christian in the first place who is living as a typical non-believer? With care and compassion for people like Charley, Sam engages in a wide-ranging discussion of the love of God, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, spurious faith vs. saving faith, human dignity and human depravity, the nature of eternal security, God’s preserving power in faithful Christians, the problem of apostasy, and much more. Not shying away from the controversial nature of his topic, and tackling head on dozens of difficult passages that render this subject tough, Sam offers an engaging book that deals biblically, theologically, and practically with the all-important matter of assurance of salvation.”
Gregg R. Allison, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
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“Is your errant friend unsaved or simply backslidden? This book contains a great overview of what the Bible teaches about eternal security, the perseverance of the Saints, God’s sovereignty and free will. Clear, readable, and compelling. A must for anyone who wants to understand the Reformed view on the assurance of salvation.”
Mary A. Kassian
Author. Professor of Women’s Studies, Southern Seminary
“Sam Storms has given us a book that is fair, humble, straightforward, and helpful. It is fair because he consistently presents views that oppose his own. It is humble because he frequently admits he does not have all the answers. It is straightforward because he argues biblically and passionately for the truth that God keeps true believers saved to the end. It is helpful because he focuses on the Christian life and rejects errant views, including those that cut the biblical cord between God’s keeping us and our keeping on in faith, love, and holiness. This is a good book and I am happy to recommend it.”
Robert A. Peterson
Professor of Systematic Theology, Covenant Seminary, St. Louis, MO.
"This is classic Sam Storms: warm, thoughtful, clear and wise. Not all readers will agree on every detail, but all will be well served by working through the issues with such an insightful guide. Throughout the book, God's protection of his people shines through - and so do the joy and security that this brings to all who trust him."
Andrew Wilson, Pastor, Kings Church Eastbourne, U.K.
“Kept for Jesus takes us beyond the deficient transactional understanding of salvation that plagues the church. Too often the gospel is reduced to only wiping away sin’s debt. This transaction has a way of leaving us cold and with an ache to ‘feel forgiven’ as the transaction feels abstract to our lives. Storms shows us a more wonderful gospel of love and direct relationship with God in which Christ is inseparable from us, keeping us, and holding us as family. We are kept by love and it’s more than transaction. Jesus will never leave us because he holds us. Storms is a pastor of pastors, walking us through the thorny issues -- such as the warning passages -- and into green pastures of communion with our Savior. Storms calls us into the beautiful tension and transformation of God’s forever grace.”
Daniel Montgomery, Lead pastor and founder of Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, KY, founder of Sojourn Network
“I have wrestled with the issue of assurance of salvation not just as a pastor counseling timid souls but as a sinner trusting in God. What a great help is Kept for Jesus! Handling the relevant biblical texts with clarity and precision, Sam Storms has crafted real ministry with this book, working by the Spirit to plant the security of union with Christ in the believer’s heart.”
Jared C. Wilson, Pastor, Middletown Springs Community Church, Middletown Springs, Vermont
“Do you worry that you will lose your salvation? Do you feel confident in God’s love for you? This book will help you feel secure in God’s promises over you. Jesus said of his people: ‘I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand’ (John 10:28). Sam Storms once again demonstrates his pastoral wisdom as he lovingly lays the foundation for eternal security.”
Adrian Warnock, author and blogger, London, U.K.