[We are] not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. (Romans 1:16)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

One of My Favorite Quotes from Zane Hodges

by Antonio da Rosa

I have defended Free Grace Theology for a number of years now, and have read a variety of books on the subject. Out of the great abundance of available soundbites, the following quote from Zane Hodges rises to a position of prominence in my mind. In it is distilled for us, in a memorable way, the utter and obvious senselessness of the Lordship Salvation view. Commenting on Mark 8:34-35 and its parallels in Matthew 16:24-25; Luke 9:23-24; and allusion in John 12:25, Zane C. Hodges writes:

It would be a mistake to think here of heaven or hell. [This invitation]... is a call to self-denial and bearing one's cross. It is a call to follow Jesus, that is, a call to discipleship.

Of course, there are many who equate such a call with conversion, but by so doing they either explicitly or implicitly deny the freeness of the gospel. By no stretch of the imagination is the demand for self-denial and self-sacrifice an invitation to receive a free gift. The attempt to harmonize these polarities always ends either in hopeless absurdity or in theological sophistry.

In this respect the man on the street is often more perceptive than the theologian. If someone were to offer him a gift in return for self-denying obedience, he would readily recognize that offer as grotesquely misrepresented! [Zane C. Hodges, Grace in Eclipse, 2nd Edition, p 29]

Has not this assessment been proven correct time and again in the writings of Lordship Salvation advocates? How often has our reason been assaulted as we have been subjected to the "hopeless absurdity" and "theological sophistry" of Lordship Salvation articulation? How else are we to evaluate statements such as, "Salvation is a gift that will cost you everything"?


  • Indeed.

    By Blogger Matthew Celestis, at Monday, July 11, 2011 2:05:00 AM  

  • Once one sees the Gospel as not having legitimate categories, like promise of eternal life, cost of discipleship, rewards at the Bema, than all the discussion necessarily becomes a sort of Eastern paradox. Faith means works, belief means repentance, self-denial means freeness.

    Good post.

    By Blogger J Sawyer, at Tuesday, July 12, 2011 7:37:00 AM  

  • Also :) Though my current blog is now off-topic, Antonio, there's an interesting video at the top of the page.


    Thought you might be interested. I restored the links to it, if that's okay.


    By Blogger J Sawyer, at Tuesday, July 12, 2011 7:55:00 AM  

  • H.K. Flynn! (hehe)

    Hey, listen, I tried getting a hold of you via email and facebook. Did you get any of my messages?

    Please email me your new email at agdarosa@cox.net

    I am so glad to see you around and yes! This is YOUR blog too! So why would I have any problems?

    It was real easy to put up a post here. I took a quote and threw in my 2 cents worth. I expect you to start blogging again!!! It don't take much time! But a spirit and heart like yours for the Lord, along with your mind would be a terrible thing to not spread around the world!

    You and Matt need to get your emails on the comment notification part of this blog. Mine and Rose's are there already.

    I have really missed you!


    By Blogger Antonio, at Tuesday, July 12, 2011 8:18:00 AM  

  • Let's get the band back together!!!!!!!!!!

    By Blogger Antonio, at Tuesday, July 12, 2011 8:19:00 AM  

  • Better be a cover band!!

    We'll retread the oldies but goodies!!

    Great to hear from you, Antonio! Blessings to you!

    By Blogger J Sawyer, at Tuesday, July 12, 2011 8:46:00 AM  

  • I figured out what you meant by the email notification and put mine in :)

    Again, glad you're back, Bro!

    Welcome Back Kotter!!!!

    By Blogger J Sawyer, at Tuesday, July 12, 2011 8:56:00 AM  

  • Looking forward to reading your repentance/forgiveness/stadium/groundbreaking FGpalooza writings! (At Free Grace Theology.)

    Looks like some good stuff. I guess the oldies but goodies will have to wait :) I don't like to read online so I will print your stuff and read it in the comfort of my own chair.

    By Blogger J Sawyer, at Tuesday, July 12, 2011 8:12:00 PM  

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