Salvation and Discipleship Continuum in Johannine Literature. Toward an Evaluation of the Faith Alone Doctrine

Author: James, Sujaya
Year:2014
Pages:312
ISBN:0-7734-3507-7
978-0-7734-3507-0
Price:219.95
An honest and significant response to the Faith Alone or Free Grace Movement. In this work Dr. Sujaya James tackles the inherent link between salvation/assurance and discipleship in the writings of the Apostle John to demonstrate that Faith Alone teaching is inconsistent with John’s presentation of salvation and discipleship continuum.

Reviews

“While the purpose of Dr. James is to demonstrate the error of the Faith Alone or Free Grace movement, he does so in a manner that is honest and respectful…He appeals to the writings of the Apostle John to demonstrate that although salvation, assurance, and discipleship can be distinguished, they cannot be separated from each other…[he] demonstrates through his careful exegetical work that John teaches that continuing in the faith is the strongest evidence for the genuineness of one’s faith.”
-Dr. J. Carl Laney,
Professor of Biblical Literature
Western Seminary, Portland, OR


“The ‘abiding’ concept in John’s theology is masterfully handled in Sujaya James' work. I stand amazed at the evenhanded and erudite exegesis of the Johannine texts, with which James deals with the issue at hand. His work makes a very important contribution to proper understanding of light and darkness motif and use of “abide” in Johannine corpus. This work is a much-needed resource, which gives solid insight into Faith Alone proponents’ interpretation of John’s writings.”
-Dr.Tony Maalouf,
Professor of World Christianity/NAME Studies, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX


Sujaya James critically examines the Faith Alone interpretation of various passages in the Johannine literature, and demonstrates that Faith Alone view lacks solid exegetical support. This book confirms the traditional view that discipleship and salvation are distinguishable but inseparable. The same is true also for abiding in Christ and believing in him and obedience and faith….This book is one of the most thorough and up-to-date treatments of the Faith Alone view…”
-Dr. Joseph Pak,
Associate Professor,
Taylor University


Table of Contents

Abstract
Foreword by J. Carl Laney
Preface/Acknowledgements/Abbreviations
Chapter I:
INTRODUCTION
-The Need for the Evaluation
-The Goal of the Evaluation
-The Procedure and Parameters of the Evaluation
-An Outline of the Evaluation
Chapter II:
A BRIEF REVIEW OF FAITH ALONE PROPONENTS’ VIEWS OF THE PURPOSES OF JOHN’S GOSPEL AND HIS EPISTLES
-Introduction
-Faith Alone Proponents’ View of the Purpose of John’s Gospel
-A Review of Faith Alone Proponents’ View of the Purpose of John’s Gospel
-Faith Alone proponents’ Views of the purposes of John’s Epistles
-A Review of Faith Alone proponents’ Views of the purposes of John’s Epistles
-Conclusion
Chapter III:
FAITH ALONE PROPONENTS’ UNDERSTANDING OF JOHN’S LIGHT AND DARKNESS MOTIF
-Introduction
-Their Understanding of light and Darkness Motif in John’s Gospel
-Their Understanding of Light and Darkness Motif in First John
-Conclusion
Chapter IV:
AN EVALUATION OF FAITH ALONE PROPONENTS’ UNDERSTANDING OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS MOTIF IN JOHN’S GOSPEL
-Introduction
-An Evaluation of Their Understanding of Light and Darkness Motif in John’s Gospel
-Conclusion
Chapter V:
AN EVALUATION OF FAITH ALONE PROPONENTS’ UNDERSTANDING OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS MOTIF IN FIRST JOHN
-Introduction
_An Evaluation of their Understanding of Light and Darkness Motif in First John
-Conclusion
Chapter VI:
FAITH ALONE PROPONENTS’ UNDERSTANDING OF JOHN’S USE OF MÉN?
-Introduction
-Faith Alone proponents’ Understanding of M??? in John’s Gospel
-Faith Alone Proponents’ Understanding of M??? in First and Second John
-Conclusion
Chapter VII:
EVALUATION OF FAITH ALONE PROPONENTS’ UNDERSTANDING OF MÉN? IN JOHN’S GOSPEL
-Introduction
-An Evaluation of Their Understanding of M??? in John’s Gospel
-Conclusion
CHAPTER VIII:
AN EVALUATION OF FAITH ALONE PROPONENTS’ UNDERSTANDING OF MÉN? IN FIRST AND SECOND JOHN
-Introduction
-AN Evaluation of Their Understanding of M??? in First and Second John -Conclusion
Chapter IX:
CONCLUSION
Bibliography
INDEX (Names)
INDEX (Topics)
INDEX(Greek Words)