Review by Wim van Noordt


Review of 'Rediscovering God's Love' by Wim van Noordt.


In this book of some 250 pages, published by Grace Publications Trust in 2005, the Rev Allred explores what the Bible teaches about the amazing love of God. He compares biblical teaching with what is taught in many churches today, showing how far short it falls of the teaching of Scripture. He does not shirk difficult issues, such as how the wrath of God relates to his love for sinners.


              This book is in two parts. In the first part, Frank Allred explores what God's love is and how it needs to be recovered afresh in today's church in all its fulness. In the second part he draws out what loving God means in practice for Christians who seek to follow the teaching of Scripture in every aspect of their lives.


              In the preface of this book the Rev Allred starts by saying that traders who falsely describe their wares in an attempt to increase sales are guilty of an offence. The church too has a solemn responsibility to ensure that the message she proclaims is genuine. To build a healthy church, the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth must be proclaimed. The practice of telling the unconverted that God loves them without explaining how and why is a grossly irresponsible thing to do. The overwhelming majority of people out there who believe in the existence of God, have already convinced themselves that God will condemn no one and that judgement is foreign to His character. Heaven, for them, is a place for everyone; and hell is just another name for the bad times we have to endure in this world. They believe this because they want to believe it. Anyone who has listened to conversations at funerals will need no convincing of this.


              The Rev Allred concludes his preface with the warning that readers who are looking for something novel will not find it in this book. What you will find here is a restatement of some precious truths that have been treasured by the Church for centuries but which are now being forgotten. This book certainly does not go 'softly, softly'. In the opening chapter you will read: 'The widespread assumption now seems to be that by playing down the gravity of sin, God's love is magnified. The idea is thoroughly worldly. Once the gravity of sin is muted, then also must be the demand for repentance (Acts 17: 30). And if the demand for repentance is hushed, the call to believe the gospel is without meaning

(Mark 1: 15).


              Again, may I encourage you (as I did in my review of 'The Eclipse of the Gospel', another book by the same author) to read and reread this work. Highly recommended.