Dec. 30 – Matthew Bates – Salvation… [Christmas Calendar]

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[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”0801097975″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”172″]Salvation by Allegiance Alone:
Rethinking Faith, Works, and the Gospel of Jesus the King 


Matthew Bates

Paperback: Baker Academic, 2017
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The book ends with a chapter devoted to the practical implications of Bates’s thesis. If Christians are saved by their embodied allegiance to Christ, this has immediate implications for evangelism and Christian living. No longer may we reduce the gospel to the so-called “Roman’s Road” or assume that the kingship of Jesus is an ancillary issue. If Bates is right about salvation and allegiance—and I believe he is—then we must work in our churches, with our brothers and sisters, to reframe our theology and evangelism accordingly.

Salvation by Allegiance Alone is an engaging, well-written, and persuasive work of biblical theology that advances a strong claim and supports it with solid exegesis. It is very accessible and would be a welcome addition to the library of any thoughtful Christian. I can easily imagine its usefulness in churches, colleges, and seminaries, and for this reason I recommend it widely. This important book deserves the widest possible audience among Christians.


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