I have always enjoyed Michael Horton’s writing. He has been one of those voices for conservatism in the nineties which is desperately needed. I have picked up hints of his Calvinism in earlier books but it was not until this one that I could read his full explanation. I reviewed this book more thoroughly in another publication but I want to give some general comments here.
Horton takes his usual conservative position against the abuses in Evangelicalism and also defends Christian liberty against legalism. His use of ‘‘grace’’ is from the view that if God elected you, you will not abuse that electing grace but will persevere to good works. To abuse your privilege of grace probably means you are not elect. To place abusive rules on an elected person (done with a few too many caricatures in the book) is to frustrate grace and often cause rebellion.
Horton’s theology will surprise you if you have not read in this Reformed tradition before. It includes infant baptism and Christ’s presence in communion as well as amillennialism and five-point Calvinism. Quite a read!