Salvation By Allegiance Alone

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We are saved by faith when we trust that Jesus died for our sins. This is the gospel, or so we are taught. But what is faith? And does this accurately summarize the gospel? Matthew Bates presses the church toward a new precision: we are saved solely by allegiance to Jesus the king. Instead of faith alone, Christians must speak about salvation by allegiance alone. The book includes discussion questions for students, pastors, and church groups and a foreword by Scot McKnight. Published by Baker Academic, 2017. Endorsements: Gary Anderson, Michael Gorman, Michael Bird, Joshua Jipp, and Scot McKnight.


I’ve sought to go beyond the book or to re-express some of its central concepts in written and audio interviews.

Written Interviews:

National Radio Interviews

  • “Kresta in the Afternoon.” Hosted by Al Kresta. The Ave Maria Radio Network. May 10, 2017. Archive.
  • “Up for Debate,” hosted by Julie Roys. The Moody Radio Network. June 3, 2017. Archive.

Podcast Interviews:

  • “Matthew Bates – ‘Faith’ means ‘Allegiance’ to King Jesus (EP-49).” The PaulCast. Hosted by Kurt Willems. April 25, 2017. Archive.
  • “Matthew Bates, Salvation by Allegiance Alone.” Deeper Waters. Hosted by Nick Peters. May 20, 2017. Archive.
  • “Episode 96- Matthew Bates: Salvation By Allegiance Alone.” Crackers and Grape Juice. Hosted by Jason Michelli. May 25, 2017. Archive.
  • “Episode 164: Matthew W. Bates – Salvation by Allegiance Alone: Rethinking Faith, Works, and the Gospel of Jesus the King” The Shaun Tabatt Show. Hosted by Shaun Tabatt. Aug. 14, 2017. Archive.
  • “Salvation by Allegiance Alone (Conversation with Dr. Matthew Bates) – KR 51”. Kingdom Roots. Hosted by Scot McKnight and Chez Robins. May 18, 2017. Archive.
  • “Episode 67: Salvation by Allegiance Alone.” Veracity Hill. Hosted by Kurt Jaros. Oct 23, 2017. Archive.

Featured Reviews:

  • Danny Yenich, “Reframing our Theology and Evangelism” The Englewood Review of Books. Oct. 4, 2017. Featured Review.
  • Kelly Kapic, “Do We Need a Stronger Word for ‘Faith’?” Christianity Today. July/August 2017, p. 90. Featured Review.
  • Thomas Schreiner, “Saved by ‘Allegiance’ Alone? On a New Attempt to Revise the Reformation.” The Gospel Coalition. March 3, 2017. Featured Review.
  • William W. Klein, “Review of Salvation by Allegiance Alone by Matthew W. Bates.” JBTS online.Featured Review.

Other Reviews:

There are too many blog reviews floating around on the web to list them all (sorry if I should have included yours and haven’t!), but here are a few of the more scholarly and/or comprehensive reviews.