This is an immensely important book that all pastors and teachers should read. – Rev. Dr. Bruce Winter
With meticulous exegetical skill and impeccable scholarship, Keith Krell has made a consistent review of those passages in 1 Corinthians that most interpreters would just as soon pass over quickly—the judgment passages. What does “God will destroy that person” mean (3:17b)? What does “hand over to Satan” mean (5:5)? And what does “Let him be anathema” mean (16:22)? Dr. Krell shows that each of these passages (and others like them) does not warn God’s saved people that they can be eternally lost; rather, they serve as a stern but positive warning to the church to take their faith and Christian living seriously. Every pastor who is concerned about the discipleship and discipline of his flock should read this book. – Dr. Verlyn D. Verbrugge-Senior Editor at Large, Zondervan Academic
Dr. Keith Krell takes on Paul’s warning passages in 1 Corinthians and addresses the majority view that assumes the eternal security of sinning believers is in doubt. Dr. Krell has judiciously argued to the contrary. No serious interpreter of 1 Corinthians and Pauline literature can afford to neglect Dr. Krell’s contribution to the subject. I highly recommend Krell’s book to the reader! – Dr. C. Marvin Pate-Chair of Christian Theology, Ouachita Baptist University
It is only recently that the indisputable distinction between inheritance and justification has been taken seriously in New Testament interpretation. Dr. Keith Krell’s work on 1 Corinthians must be considered as in the front line of such discussion. It is essential reading for theologians and biblical interpreters, and for “ordinary” Christians also. Its interpretations are convincing and no serious expositor of 1 Corinthians should miss it. – Dr. Michael Eaton-International Bible teacher Chrisco Fellowship, Kenya
Scholarly treatments of the judgment passages in 1 Corinthians have tended to minimize Paul’s terminology characterizing his readers as those who have come to genuine faith in Christ. Dr. Keith Krell offers a persuasive and scholarly alternative that the readers have certainly experienced true salvation, but the punishment Paul describes for their weighty disobedience will be temporal judgment, not eschatological condemnation. The strength of this study is in how this exegesis brings a consistency to all the warning passages in 1 Corinthians.
– Dr. John F. Hart Prof. of New Testament and Greek at Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
This work is an important contribution on the theological issues relating to Paul’s understanding of judgment. Through a careful exegetical study Krell argues that Paul does not threaten them with loss of salvation, but rather with temporal punishments and loss of eternal rewards. Clearly written and cogently argued, Krell’s work succeeds at elucidating connections within 1 Corinthians that have gone largely unnoticed in the past. – Dr. David W. Kuck-Coordinator of Graduate Studies United Theological College of the West Indies, Jamaica