The Work of the Holy Spirit, Vol. I, 2nd Ed.
It is an honor to be asked to write the foreword to Introduction To The Study Of The Holy Spirit. Brother Marion Fox is a master teacher unsurpassed in exegetical skill. This shows clearly in the book. Brother Fox has much native ability and has acquired some excellent tools with which to teach. He retired (while still a young man) from teaching at Rose State College in the summer of 2003. His love for the truth and humility enables him to go far beyond the ordinary in study and teaching. This student always learns something beneficial from listening to his words. A young preacher can obtain a good part of an excellent education by carefully studying the material and the method presented herein. A seasoned preacher can gain a great help from this material. The man and woman on the pew can be enlightened by a careful study of this book. The author of this book has written many books with more on the way.
Brother Fox has done more research on the work of the Holy Spirit than any other known to this preacher. Coupled with his ability to use the tools he has acquired over many years of study, he is preeminently qualified to write and teach on this subject. Brother Fox keeps his mind open and sincerely pursues truth in all matters. He does not shun, nor dismiss lightly, what those of opposing convictions say. He honestly states his conclusions and offers reasons for those conclusions. These are important marks of genuine scholarship.
Calvinism has deep roots in a brotherhood verbally committed to truth. Much of what we call Liberalism that has crept in over the past few decades is the necessary conclusion of some premises of Calvinism. This study will help brethren understand how to refute those premises and, indirectly, refute Liberalism. Brother Fox effectively throws down the gauntlet to error; especially error regarding the Holy Spirit. Every Calvinist, Semi-Calvinist, Agnostic, and all who have twisted and misapplied Scripture concerning the Holy Spirit and His work need to seriously study this book.
Each of the seventeen chapters in this book is important. In addition there are four Appendixes and a glossary. At this writing, there is commitment to add a Scripture Index. This book has the things necessary for a complete study. The author has provided sufficient references for the reader to research this material for himself if the desire is there.
It is our earnest prayer and deep desire that this book shall have a wide distribution and reading. If it does, it will make a profound effect on brethren, many of whom appear to esteem some things more highly than truth to enlighten their spiritual understanding. This book needs to be studied by every brother and sister in Christ, and all others who are interested in spiritual matters. Our dear friend and brother in Christ produced a monumental volume with this work and the second volume is not far behind.
Charles A. Pledge