This booklet addresses a misunderstanding widely held among present-day Christians. ‘Calvinism,’ according to the author, has received a bad press and has been unjustly criticized on the grounds that its teachings undermine zeal for Christian mission and evangelism. Taking each of the so-called ‘five points of Calvinism’ in turn, John Benton convincingly shows how the ‘doctrines of grace’ are in fact five beautiful diamonds from which the glories of Jesus wonderfully shine to attract those who are lost in sin.’
He demonstrates how ‘they address the sinner’s deepest fears in the most heart-warming way imaginable’ and comes to the conclusion that ‘rather than being truths of which we are to be wary, they are in fact an integral part of the gospel to be proclaimed.’
John Benton is the pastor of Chertsey Street Baptist Church, Guildford, Surrey, UK. He is also the managing editor of Evangelicals Now, and has written several books, including Losing Touch With the Living God; Slandering the Angels; Straightening Out the Self-Centered Church (all in the Welwyn Commentary series); One World, One Way; and the booklet What’s Going on Out There?, all published by Evangelical Press.