I've had this book on my shelf for years, and can't believe I haven't read it until now. While originally written 25 years ago it is amazing how relevant it is for today. All of MacArthur's warnings have proven true. The preface to the third edition and the Appendix A concerning Spurgeon and the "Down-Grade" Controversy alone are worth the price of the book. This should be required reading in every pastoral ministry course.