When Michael Horton’s Putting Amazing Back into Grace was first published, I read it with great interest. While most of the book is worthwhile and helpful—he calls us back to the reformational cry of sola gratia—his chapter on “A Kingdom of Priests” is bewildering and off center. Other works by Horton contain beneficial analyses of contemporary trends that I have found useful. For example, Horton and I are equally critical of contemporary evangelicalism. His appraisal of Tim LaHaye’s statement that our battle with secular humanism is moral, not theological, is on target. I made the same point in 1989.[1]

Still, there is a great deal of confusion and inconsistency in Horton’s thinking. It seems to me that he has not thought through the implications of some of his ideas. Let me cite a few examples.[2]Horton describes Reconstructionists as “zealous postmillennialists” who “are in danger of turning law into gospel” and “confusing salvation and earthly utopia.” He then charges Reconstructionists with defining the “kingdom as geopolitical.”[3] Not one of these charges has any basis in fact. Similar charges have been answered so many times in numerous books and newsletters that I am not going to take the time to answer them here.[4] It is obvious that Horton has not read much Reconstructionist literature.

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