In Saving the Saved Bryan Loritts provides a grace-infused look at the gospel of Matthew that avoids the ditches of legalism and antinomianism. Loritts main target is the legalism that seeks to measure up and earn what can only be received by grace.
Loritts early on identifies the nature of the fight we all face by looking at the temptation in the wilderness and calls it, “a fight between resisting or resting in his Father’s love (p. 29).” Throughout the book Loritts walks the reader through the ministry of Christ as recorded by Matthew displaying our utter need for Christ and his grace as apart from him we have no goodness. The second section of this book focuses upon Christ’s death and resurrection as the focus of resting in the Father’s love through faith. The third section of this book demonstrates that resting in love does make a real difference in the life of the believer.
Loritts does a great job of dealing with the text and the issue of meritocracy in our culture. This is a helpful corrective to the Moralistic Therapeutic Deism which is running rampant disguising itself as Christianity. It seems like it’s difficult for authors these days to write a book extolling grace without falling into the ditch of antinomianism but Loritts has managed to avoid that pitfall in this work.
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