By Brother Chris Burke
Brother Simmons went home to be with the Lord before I was ever brought to know the Lord as my Savior. His book on systematic theology, however, has been a great source of spiritual knowledge, wisdom, and understanding to me over the years of my Christian life.
Although we don't agree with all of his theological views*, Brother Simmons was a scholarly man who put sound spiritual, scientific, and rational substance behind his arguments. I recommend this book to all of God's people- to read it and study it methodically and thoroughly. If we will do this, and prayerfully receive these Biblical truths into our hearts and minds by the Holy Spirit, we will be properly equipped for the battle of serving the Lord in a sinful, spiritually liberal and degenerate age.
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*Some of the theological views where we differ from Brother Simmons are as follows:
The "gap" theory (i.e. a time lapse between Gen. 1:1 and 1:2). We believe that the initial creation of the material universe in Genesis 1:1 was part of "day one" of creation week. Brother Simmons, however, is very strong and informative on all other aspects of creation, and does not insist on the "gap theory" view.
Dichotomy view of man's nature. Brother Simmons gives a strong argument for the dichotomy view, however we still hold that man is a three-fold being; consisting of body, soul and spirit. A good explanation of the Trichotomous view is found in Henry Morris's book entitled "The Biblical Basis for Modern Science", chapter 14 (In The Image of God), pages 412-413.
Free Agency. Although there may be some merit to the concept of free agency, we believe Brother Simmons carries his views further than what is theologically warranted. He does not clearly account for outside influences such as demon possession or Satanic suppression, which coerce and even captivate the souls of the lost. Practically we know that men are influenced and coerced to act, think, and respond contrary to their wills (or "ultimate choice" or "immanent preference") by outside forces. Furthermore, we believe that God is still "just" in condemning sinners without the necessity for free agency.
Brother Simmons' strong views on the sovereignty of God in salvation, however, are not affected by his strong views on free agency. Brother Simmons was not Arminian or freewill in his theology (as men today define freewill), which some might mistakenly conclude from his view on free agency.
The "living creatures" of Ezekiel and Revelation. Brother Simmons believed that these were figurative and symbolic, whereas we believe these to be literal angelic beings.
The American Standard Version of the Bible. Brother Simons used this version along with the King James Version for Scripture references in this book. We do not use, nor do we recommend the use of any Bible other than the King James (Authorized) Version.
End time events. Over-all we strongly agree with Brother Simmons' views on eschatology. There are some minor aspects of these end time events upon which we differ, but these details are not significant enough to name individually here.
These things (and perhaps a few others we fail to recall) in which we differ with Brother Simmons, probably do not amount to one percent of the content of this book. These should not discourage anyone from reading and being blessed by the other ninety-nine per cent of the great teachings contained herein.