"Bill Roach's book on justification by faith alone is just what we need today. It is concise, meaty, and most important faithful. The gospel preached by the Reformers is the gospel we need to recover and to proclaim today, and Roach's book is the perfect book on justification for those who want to read a book that is brief but packed with truth." --Thomas Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
"Romans is arguably the most important book in the Bible, and this work by Dr. Roach is arguably one the most important defenses of the 'Old Perspective' on justification as opposed to the so-called 'New Perspective.'"--Norman Geisler, Former President of ETS and Co-founder of the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy.
"The doctrine of sola fide, or justification by faith alone, is central to the theology of the Protestant Reformation. But in recent times, questions have been raised about it, some of them based on the"New Perspective on Paul" of E. P. Sanders, James Dunn, and N. T. Wright. In his book Sola Fide: A Primer on Paul's Doctrine of Justification in Romans, William Roach distills these complicated debates into an astonishingly clear and concise volume. He makes a cogent case for the historic Protestant view of justification. I recommend this book with enthusiasm."--John Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary.
"Although some insights from the New Perspective on Paul maybe helpful, this important work shows that its reinterpretation of "justification" is not a mere perspective on Paul, but a distortion of Paul's gospel. The divine Judge pronounces the verdict "not guilty" over sinners who believe in Jesus as God, Savior, and King and this gracious verdict is necessary to salvation. This traditional Protestant view of justification is not a confused by-product of reformation polemic against medieval Catholicism, but an essential element of the biblical gospel. Highly recommended as a brief resource for understanding this critical issue!"--Charles Quarles, Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology and Director for Ph.D. Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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"What must I do to be saved?" is not an insignificant question. The biblical definition of sola fide is not an inconsequential task. Hell is the result of getting it wrong. Thankfully, Bill Roach has crafted this primer to protect the pure doctrine of justification from the ever-encroaching fog of scholastic and ecclesiological unbelief. Prepare yourself for a satisfying gulp of fresh air."--Stephen Davey, Pastor, Colonial Baptist Church, Cary, NC; President, Shepherds' Theological Seminary.
"Those of us who preach the gospel of God concerning His Son are not surprised when the gospel is attacked, confused, distorted and outrightly denied! It is therefore essential that each generation understand, believe, preach, and live "the very purest gospel" (to quote Luther). Through careful exegesis of key passages in Romans, and clear theological thinking, William Roach demonstrates that salvation by faith alone in Christ alone is crucial. In so doing Roach refutes not only historic Roman Catholicism, but also the so called New Perspective on Paul. Your mind will be informed and your heart warmed as Roach carefully and powerfully reminds us of Paul's brilliant explanation that we are justified by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone apart from the works of the Law."--John Munro, Pastor, Calvary Church, Charlotte, NC.
"The doctrine of sola fide is the doctrine that lies at the heart of the Christian faith, and is foundational to the gospel message. As such, it has been attacked repeatedly through the ages, and is indeed once again under attack in our own generation. In this very important work, Dr. Roach demonstrates with sound, exegetical precision that the doctrine of sola fide is clearly taught in the book of Romans--the book which, one might argue, most thoroughly explains the gospel. I have read this book with great joy, and wholeheartedly recommend it to any pastor or church leader who has been entrusted with the important responsibility of "holding fast the faithful word" (Tit. 1:9)."--Toby Logsdon, Pastor, New Beginnings Church, Lynnwood, WA.