Periodical Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society
Volume: JOTGES 08:2 (Autumn 1995)
Article: Periodical Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Periodical Reviews

“Evangelical Antinomianism: The Theology of Zane Hodges and Joseph Dillow and the Grace Evangelical Society,” George Zeller, Middletown [CT] Bible Church, n.d., pp. 1–41.

Recently I received a call from a JOTGES subscriber who was upset by a paper given out at her church by a visiting speaker. The paper was a two-page summary of this 41-page document.

As the subtitle suggests, Zeller’s paper is, in a sense, an attack on Zane Hodges, Joseph Dillow, and the Grace Evangelical Society. It is not, however, a frontal assault. Rather, it is a blindside attack somewhat like the time a backup quarterback for the Cowboys sneaked up behind Roger Staubach and hit him from behind.

It’s a bit hard to follow the organizational structure of the paper. There are 35 first level headings in 41 pages, an enormous amount of parallel information. Here are some of the first level headings: Background, The Gospel Under Siege, The Hungry Inherit, Heirs of the Kingdom (1 Cor 6:9–11), The Overcomers in Revelation Chapters 2–3, Can a Saved Person Totally Abandon the Faith? (Heb 10:39), Can a Good Tree Bring Forth Bad Fruit? (Matt 7:15–16, 18), Can a Saved Person Have a Dead Faith? (Jas 2:14–26), The Relationship Between Good Works and Salvation, Can a Saved Person Deny Christ? (Matt 10:32–33; 2 Tim 2:12–13), Can a Saved Person Be Characterized as an Evil Doer? (3 John 11; John 5:29; Rom 2:6–10), Can a True Believer Continue in Sin and Persist in Sin? (1 John 3:9–10; 5:18), “Those Who Have Part in the First Resurrection”—Is This an Exclusive Group of Saved People? (Rev 20:6; Phil 3:11), Saved But Not Led (Rom 8:14), “Salvation Ready to Be Revealed” (But Only for the Spiritual Few!) (1 Pet 1:5), Assurance of Salvation and Continuance in the Faith, Did Paul Always Assume His Readers Were Saved?, Security Without Purity?, Should Personal Wickedness Hinder One’s Assurance of Salvation?, This We Believe (The IFCA doctrinal booklet’s statem...

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