A.W. Pink’s The Sovereignty of God is a great treatise on the Sovereignty of God and a solid defence of 5-point Calvinism. The issues Pink was dealing with in his time closely parallel those that we face today, making it a relevant book to issues ranging from Open Theism to Pelagianism. Having been written in the early 20th century the language can take a little work to understand. The Chapter on prayer is outstanding and provides a lot of application for our daily lives. Overall it is worth reading and is a resounding work on God’s sovereignty that should inspire praise and humility before the truth of who God is. When it comes to human responsibility and God’s sovereignty Pink takes up the Compatablist understanding of natural ability and moral ability, echoing the understanding of thinkers like Jonathan Edwards. The appendix on God’s will is also very useful.
On the negative side, his instance that John 3:16 refers to only the elect and that God does not love unbelievers is definitely a turn off. Reading D.A. Carson’s “The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God” would do well to balance out this deficiency. The version I read was the Watchmaker Publishing one and so it contained the chapter on Double Predestination removed in the Banner of Truth edition.
This book gets a rating of 4/5
The Sovereignty of God loses a star because of Pink’s stance that God has no love at all for those who are not elect, Pink holds that God’s love is reserved for the elect, “Can God “love” the one on whom His wrath abides?” (pg. 180). Pink’s discussion of God’s love can be found on pages 178-189 (esp.179-180) and on pages 227-229 he discusses the use of the Greek word κοσμος (kosmos, world) in John 3:16.
Page references given are from the Watchmaker, 2011, edition of this book.