Long Before Luther — setting the records straight.
As a student of the Bible, and constantly seeking for the truth that it reveals, it is vital that I am able to be pointed to men, who believed that salvation is by grace through faith apart from works in Church History before the Reformation. When studying the Bible one does not seek for originality, but rather the truth.
The Catholic Church for years has been calling Luther, and the Reformers heretics, and propagating the idea that they created the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith. Nathan Busenitz sets the record straight that even before the Reformation, and long before Luther was around the Church fathers believed in salvation by grace through faith.
Nathan Busenitz shows both sides of the argument, and even reveals those that have been on one side of the argument, and have changed sides. He very heavily sites the early Church fathers, and reveals how this points to the fact that Luther did not create the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith. He cites Church fathers that very clearly believed in forensic justification, and shows how the Catholic church has confused justification, and sanctification for many centuries.
This book is a must have read for any student of the Bible, and Church history. It is written in a way that even those without an extensive background in Church history can understand it. If you are struggling with this or just simply want a good read on what was believed before Martin Luther, I recommend this book to you. I would give this book a 4.5/5.
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THIS BOOK: Busenitz, Nathan. Long Before Luther: Tracing the Heart of the Gospel from Christ to the Reformation. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2017.
DISCLOSURE OF THIS MATERIAL: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishers, in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.