A Long Faithfulness: The Case for Christian Perseverance


By Scot McKnight

Can we choose and un-choose God? Or does he choose and un-choose us?

In A Long Faithfulness: The Case for Christian Perseverance, theologian Scot McKnight examines what the Bible says about human salvation. Inspired in part by a resurgent Calvinist movement and its particular emphasis on God's meticulous sovereignty, McKnight invites us to a clear and captivating discussion about securing the way to eternal life—the role God plays, the role we play, and the key Bible passages that illuminate the mystery of salvation.

McKnight recounts his own journey of biblical study from his early years of Calvinist conviction to his deep work studying and teaching from the Hebrews Warning Passages. There he faces the dominant theme in Calvinism today—that of "meticulous" or "exhaustive" sovereignty—and his exegetical conclusions about these key passages both set him free from the ideas of determinism and kindle a greater sense that the church needs to summon Christians to the necessity of faithfulness for final redemption.

About the Author

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than thirty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL. Dr. McKnight has given interviews on radios across the nation, has appeared on television, and regularly speaks at local churches, conferences, colleges, and seminaries in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. McKnight obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham (1986).


"McKnight's point is a simple one: He doesn't like how some Evangelicals talk about God's sovereignty. Interested readers will find his exposition of Hebrews thoughtful and compelling, and one that 'resurgent Calvinism' will not be able to answer easily."—Peter Enns

"In this age when Christianity must be only positive and encouraging, Scot McKnight has offered here a bracing challenge to easy believism and cheap grace. He has also offered a biblical and logical challenge to Calvinism. All believers in 'eternal security—whether Calvinist or not—must consider the challenges he lays down here. Seldom does a doctrine receive such clear, concise contradiction in such an irenic, pastoral tone."—Roger E. Olson, Foy Valentine Professor of Christian Theology and Ethics, George W. Truett Theological Seminary


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