Absolutely Free: A Biblical Reply to Lordship Salvation

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In Absolutely Free! Zane Hodges deals with a question that strikes at the heart of the Christian faith, "What must I do to be saved?" By examining various Bible passages Zane Hodges demonstrates the answer today is still "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved." This answer is set in contrast against modern "lordship salvation" teaching which answers "Surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved." or "Repent to the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved."

While looking at what the Bible teaches about eternal salvation, he answers other key questions about the Christian life from the Bible such as, "What does it mean to believe in Jesus Christ?", "How do I know I am really a Christian?", "Can I fail in my Christian walk?", "What is the biblical meaning of repentance and how does it relate to salvation?" and "If I am saved, why should I serve God?" The end result of this book motivates individuals to simply believe in Jesus Christ for the absolutely free gift of eternal life and to serve Jesus out of gratitude for that free gift. This book is a great guide on how to build one's life on a firm foundation.

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In Absolutely Free! Zane Hodges issues a vigorous call to the evangelical church to return to the biblical and Reformational truth of sola fide -- faith alone. The author expounds the New Testament doctrine of salvation as the simple giving and receiving of a free gift of everlasting life. He contrasts this with modern "lordship salvation" teaching in which repentance and surrender to God are made conditions for salvation.

Hodges rejects the "lordship" view of saving faith as both unbiblical and a clear departure from the view of faith held by John Calvin and Martin Luther. He stresses that the Christian life is a process of growth and spiritual education in which believers learn to develop the rich potentials of eternal life. Christian living is also presented as a spiritual warfare. Although, salvation cannot be lost, says Hodges, defeat in the spiritual conflict must be taken seriously, and the believer must learn to rely on God's power in order to live victoriously.

About the Author:

Zane Hodges has sought to live a life consistent with the marvelous and undeserved grace that his loving heavenly Father showed Zane, when He gave Zane the absolutely free gift of eternal life through faith alone in Jesus Christ. Currently, Zane is engaged in pastoral ministry at Victor Street Bible Chapel in Dallas, where he has ministered for over 40 years. Zane received his BA degree from Wheaton College and his ThM degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. He taught New Testament Greek and exegesis at Dallas Theological Seminary for 27 years until 1987. Zane also served as the Chairman of the New Testament Department.

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