Pickering Books Available

Pickering Books Available for Free Downloadng

Regular Baptist Press has recently released two out-of-print books by Ernest Pickering, available as free downloads.

The Fruit of Compromise (Ernest Pickering, 1980) is a 44-page booklet that evaluates New Evangelicalism by examining their views on doctrine, outreach, separation, view of science, role of women, and beliefs about the inspiration of Scripture.

The Theology of Evangelism (Ernest Pickering, 1984) is a 68-page booklet that describes the theological framework of New Testament evangelism with an emphasis on a balance between divine sovereignty and human responsibility. The author also address practical matters such as evangelistic methodology and compares current issues to the methods used in the early church.

Download The Fruit of Compromise (PDF)

Download The Theology of Evangelism (PDF)

JP: I’ve read both of these and they are worthwhile. For more from Ernest Pickering consider Biblical Separation: The Struggle for a Pure Church .

Here’s a quote from The Theology of Evangelism (pp 18-19):

One of the clearest passages in the New Testament on the matter of sin and salvation is Ephesians 2:1–7. The condition of the sinner is plain, he is “dead in trespasses and sins” (v. 1). This is a very important statement by Paul. Men are not merely injured, inconvenienced, or hindered by sin. They are “dead” in sins. They are dominated by the lusts of their sinful nature, are by nature disobedient continually to God, and are completely given over to a way of life which is displeasing to the Lord (v. 2).

Such men, godless and rebellious, are doomed to eternal punishment. They are “children of wrath” (v. 3), indicating their certain rendezvous with an angry God who will punish them for their sins. They have “no hope” (v. 12). One is reminded of Dante’s Inferno, his pictorial description of hell, wherein is found the inscription over the door of the lake of fire: “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.” These shall be “tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb: and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever (Rev. 14:10–11).

That the resurrection of lost sinners from the grave of sin can only be wrought by divine power is evident in the divinely-inspired explanation: “Even when we were dead in sins, hath made us alive together with Christ, (by grace are ye saved)” (Eph. 2:5). Salvation is the “gift of God” (Eph. 2:8). Even the faith by which the sinner believes is bestowed upon him by divine grace as is indicated in this text.

HT: Frank Sansone: A Thinking Man’s Thoughts

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