Scripture says we are saved by grace through faith. But what is faith? And does saving faith require works? This Saturday on Up for Debate, Julie Roys will wrestle with faith, works and the gospel with two eminent theologians. Joining her will be Theology Professor Matthew Bates who says saving faith requires works and Bob Wilkin, of the Grace Evangelical Society, who says saving faith is not dependent on works.
Bob Wilkin started Grace Evangelical Society in June of 1986. In July of 1987 he left his teaching position at Multnomah Bible College to devote full time to heading up GES. Since its inception, readership of the bimonthly magazine, Grace In Focus Magazine, has grown to over 9,500 in over 50 countries. Bob has written four books, Confident in Christ, The Road to Reward, Secure and Sure, and The Ten Most Misunderstood Words in the Bible. He also was the editor and a contributor to the two-volume Grace New Testament Commentary, and is a contributor to Four Views on the Role of Works at the Final Judgment. Bob and his wife Sharon live in Lewisville, Texas.
Matthew W. Bates is Assistant Professor of Theology at Quincy University. His main teaching area is the Bible and early Christian literature, especially the New Testament. He also teaches courses in Western Religion, Church History, and Christian Spirituality. Matthew has written several books, including his latest, Salvation by Allegiance Alone. He also co-hosts a popular podcast on biblical studies called OnScript. Matthew enjoys family life, hiking, baseball, and good conversation.
Many issues are not debatable within orthodox Christianity—the virgin birth, the veracity of the Scripture, the bodily resurrection of Christ. However, some issues are. For example: Can a Christian join the military and support a war? Should Christians advocate for environmental causes? Is it okay to use in-vitro fertilization? Up For Debate seeks to equip believers to discern these debatable matters by engaging biblically with people holding diverse opinions. Each week, Up For Debate invites two guests onto the one-hour program to defend opposing views. The views expressed on Up For Debate do not always represent those of Moody Bible Institute. However, Moody wholeheartedly affirms the means the show uses to evaluate these views. Like the Bereans mentioned in Acts, we examine the Scriptures, seeking which positions most closely align with God’s Word. By doing so, Up For Debate develops in listeners what British essayist Samuel Johnson termed “expert discernment”—the ability “to tell the good from the bad” and “the genuine from the counterfeit.”