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Sam Waldron

The Crux of the Free Offer of the Gospel

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The Crux of the Free Offer of the Gospel: A Biblical, Confessional, and Theological Explanation and Defense of the Well-Meant Offer of the Gospel

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146 pages
5.5" x 8.5"


Does God have a genuine desire for the salvation of all men? In The Crux of the Free Offer, Sam Waldron provides a scriptural and historical analysis of the Well-Meant Offer of the Gospel. Waldron not only provides a biblical defense of the Well-Meant Offer but he also looks at many of the important implications of this doctrine, shows the way the Reformed confessions affirmed it, answers important theological and soteriological objections, and applies this doctrine to the Christian and the preacher.




“I am once again indebted to Sam Waldron for his precise exposition of the Scriptures regarding this critical issue facing the church. As always, he stands upon the Word of God and in the very center of the historical Reformed faith. This work not only substantiates the free offer of the gospel to all, but it will inspire the reader to be more diligent in the gospel ministry.”

—Paul Washer

Director of HeartCry Missionary Society


“Can a Christian rightly say that God sovereignly determines whom He will save and sincerely offers Christ to everyone who hears the gospel? Sam Waldron gives us a solid basis to say ‘Yes’! His outline of sophisticated theological arguments makes constant reference to the Holy Scriptures to embolden preachers to preach unconditional election, particular redemption, and the free offer of the gospel.”

—Joel Beeke

President, Puritain Reformed Theological Seminary


"I am thrilled that Dr. Waldron has taken up this vital subject. Those like myself who share Dr. Waldron’s commitment to the Well-Meant Offer may not agree on every detail of every one of his arguments, but here they will find a clear-thinking, informed, thorough, and convincing treatment of the subject to be reckoned with. This book leaves few, if any, stones unturned or objections unaddressed. With the resurgence of Calvinism in our day, we should be greatly concerned that the kind of Calvinism promoted and proclaimed is of the true, historical, warmly-evangelical and biblical kind, not a distortion of it. Here is a book pointing the way. May it be read widely and greatly used of God to that end!" 

— Jeffery Smith

Pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church


"The Free Offer of the gospel defines a vital truth in the Reformed system of theology. As with his other writings, Sam Waldron explains and defends this doctrine with a lucid clarity and a compelling Scriptural argument. For any with concerns regarding the Free Offer, Waldron lays out its biblical necessity and theological coherence. This book will perform a great service in defending the church’s offer of Christ to all the world and will bless our Lord by unleashing through our passionate lips his cry for sinners to be saved."

— Richard D. Phillips

Senior Minister, Second Presbyterian Church



Author Bio

Dr. Sam Waldron was a pastor of the Reformed Baptist Church of Grand Rapids from 1977-2001 and taught at Trinity Ministerial Academy from 1981 to 1989.  Leaving there in 2001, he pursued a PhD at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY.  Having served as a pastor of Heritage Baptist Church in Owensboro, Kentucky from 2005-2013, in 2013 he became one of the pastors of Grace Reformed Baptist Church of Owensboro, Kentucky. He also serves as President and Professor of Systematic Theology of Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary. Sam has been married to his dear wife Charlene since 1975.  They have five children and at last count 15 grandchildren—all of whom they love very much. Sam enjoys reading, weightlifting, walking, and spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.