Released in the UK May 2020
Released in the US May 2020
Trade hardback | 160 Pages
9781527105249 • £12.99 $15.99
BISAC – REL093000
If we believe in God’s sovereign predestination, how can we offer Christ to sinners indiscriminately? How could someone who knew that no one can come to Christ unless the Father draws them still plead with them to look to the Saviour? The Bible clearly entreats us to go after the lost, so Donald Macleod tackles the objections raised by those who argue that since there is no universal redemption there should be no universal gospel offer.
Donald Macleod retired as the Principal of the Free Church of Scotland College, Edinburgh in 2010. Regarded as one of Britain's most prominent theologians he has written extensively on a wide range of issues.
I always enjoy reading Donald MacLeod, as much for the clarity and precision of his arguments as for the elegance of his theology. Here he addresses an important topic – the free offer of the gospel – with his usual pungency and passion. It will clarify the issue for those who believe in the free offer but are confused by its connection to God’s sovereignty; and it will hopefully persuade those who are tempted to truncate God’s grace in a misguided attempt to exalt his election.
Carl R. Trueman
Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies, Grove City College, Pennsylvania
Compel Him to Come In has all the trademarks we have come to recognise in Professor Donald Macleod’s writings: mastery of doctrine, fulness of biblical insight, cogency of reasoning, clarity of expression, and an eloquence driven by the subject matter. At first you will think you are reading a powerful exposition of the free offer of the gospel in the face of criticisms and misunderstandings of reformed theology. It is indeed that. But by the end you will realise that it more. For Compel Him to Come In is really about the gospel itself. A book for all, it is a must–read for preachers, not least because it models the powerful, passionate appeals it commends.
Sinclair B. Ferguson
Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi
This compelling new book proves we do not have to choose between distinctively Reformed theology and passionate evangelistic preaching. The universal offer is at the very heart of authentic Calvinism. Grace is rich and free.
Alasdair I. Macleod
Founding Pastor, St Andrews Free Church, Scotland
Too frequently the free offer of the gospel is hedged about with qualifications that distort the Biblical picture of the character of God and of Jesus Christ. This wonderfully clear book by a notable Reformed teacher and preacher will thrill the soul of any reader and encourage preachers to persuade sinners of every kind as they proclaim the Gospel to them.
Rowland S. Ward
Research Lecturer, Presbyterian Theological College, Melbourne