Review: Rescuing the Gospel
`Rescuing the Gospel` is a church history book written by author Erwin W. Lutzer. Author Erwin W. Lutzer has been senior pastor of Moody Church in Chicago for thirty-six years. He has written many other books, including: `The King is Coming` and `When a Nation Forgets God`.
The book opens to a very detailed, colorful map of the Holy Roman Empire. It includes the Atlantic Ocean, France, Spain, and more.
The reader is asked to join the author on a journey. The reader will visit Wittenberg, Worms, Erfurt, Geneva, and Zurich. They will walk through cathedrals and listen to a sermon. There are several detailed pictures the reader will see along the way.
The book answers many questions humans ask. Such as, how good do we have to be to get to heaven, to what extent should we accept tradition in our church life and belief systems, or what does it mean to say that Christ is "the head of the church"? Rescuing the Gospel is written easy enough for any layperson to read.
The book focuses on Martin Luther who some Catholics believe was possessed and after he died, rumors circulated in Rome that demons left his body. (pg# 32) I learned that Martin Luther began as a Catholic and taught the ethics of Aristotle using a commentary written by Thomas Aquinas, also a devout Catholic.
Martin Luther later taught from the Bible which led him to die of his own efforts and accept the undeserved merit of God. (pg # 44) The wrath of God and the love of God were brought together at the cross (pg# 45) Christ got what He didn't deserve, our sin, and we got what we didn't deserve, His righteousness. This exchange is the heart of the gospel. (pg# 47) Salvation is a work of God alone in our hearts through faith. (pg# 50) There is not one thing we can do to be saved. God intervenes on our behalf.
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Blogger program.
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