Zane Hodges died last month. Justin Taylor said:
“I join Dr. Wallace in strongly disagreeing with many of Dr. Hodges's views, but it is important to remember that the man was a Christian, called by Jesus Christ, and should be honored in his death.”
I disagree. He should not be honored in death. He was a heretic. And it wasn’t some abstruse point of heresy, but a very practical heresy. Hodges was a high priest of nominal Christianity and false assurance. Hodges was to Protestant theology what Tetzel was to Catholic theology.
Dan Wallace has testified to Hodges’ Christian character:
“Zane was a very honorable and ethical man. He was a man of prayer, and his life was one that was lived for Christ’s glory.”
That may well be the case. But that also exposes the gulf between Hodges’ doctrine and his private piety. For, according to Hodges, a Christian needn’t be ethical or honorable. Needn’t be a man of prayer. Needn’t live his life for Christ’s glory.
Hodges nailed the sign of Heaven to the gates of Hell—thereby misdirecting many unsuspecting souls from the pilgrim path to perdition’s path.
All too often, “once saved always saved” is synonymous with “not once saved, never saved.”
The best way to honor Hodges’ memory is to forget his life and work as quickly as possible.