Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Eschatology of Zane Hodges & the GES

"Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'" (Matthew 22:13)

Is this the fate of unfaithful Christians in the future Millennial Kingdom and even into eternity? Many in the Free Grace movement - particularly those in the Grace Evangelical Society (GES) - would answer with a resounding "Yes!". But is this what the Scriptures teach about the glorious future of every believer in Christ?

This is the subject taken up by James Ventilato in his classic refutation of the GES's erroneous view of salvation (Miles J. Stanford labels the GES error "a works salvation"!). And now for the first time Mr. Ventilato's article is available in the fully searchable PDF format. The article is titled: "EXAMINING THE TEACHINGS OF 'PROTESTANT-PURGATORY' SALVATION: A SCRIPTURAL REFUTATION OF THE TEACHINGS OF ZANE HODGES, JOSEPH DILLOW AND THE GRACE EVANGELICAL SOCIETY, WITH RESPECT TO THE FUTURE INHERITANCE, GLORY AND DESTINY OF THE CHURCH - CHRIST'S BELOVED BODY AND BRIDE".

I first read this article nearly ten years ago, and I still think it's the best refutation of Hodges' position that I've ever come across. I'd like to see this article get into the hands of as many people as possible because I think Hodges' false teaching on future tense salvation is unfortunately becoming quite common in Free Grace circles these days. The thinking seems to be that Hodges' position is the only alternative to the loss-of-salvation view. While Hodges' position might be an alternative to the loss-of-salvation view, I don't think it's the only alternative or even the best alternative.  I don't believe it's biblical nor is it traditional Free Grace - as Mr. Ventilato so aptly points out in his article.

Also see the following series of articles by Miles J. Stanford titled "DISPENSATIONAL DISINTEGRATION". This three-part series is a must read!

(A Critique of Joseph Dillow's The Reign of the Servant Kings)

(A Critique of Zane Hodges' Grace In Eclipse)

(THE NEW COVENANT'S Relationship To Israel and the Church)

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