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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Parchment and Pen » Zane Hodges (1933–2008)

Parchment and Pen » Zane Hodges (1933–2008)

Am great man of God, Zane Hodges, went to be with the Lord last week. I watched his funeral on the internet today. The people that lined up to pay respect to him were a great testament to his unquestionable character. The funeral was a blessing to watch and hear.

I found this tribute to him written by someone who said he disagreed with nearly every position of the man. I think this post is a great example of grace and love amidst theological disagreement.

I can't wait till we get to be with the Lord and all see Him face to face.


  • Hi Rose,

    Thanks for bringing this up.

    Dr. Radmacher spoke a bit on how Zane Hodges imparted truth to him during their years. He told the story just the same as he does so often in class. "I don't believe in everything Hodges teaches, but, after awhile of study, I come to realize he was right." (laughter) I cannot remember his closing sentence, but that sentence ended with him using this word twice to describe him (which I imagine means a lot coming from a teacher of hermeneutics):

    "[Zane Hodges is] a biblical, biblical teacher."


    By Blogger Sanctification, at 12/02/2008 4:33 PM  

  • Hi Rose

    As use'll I'm a day late and a dollar short. I didn't take into account daylight savings time was a hour difference. So I just caught the very last. I will be looking forward to getting the DVD of the service. At least my name got into the Guest Book.

    Have a great evening

    By Blogger alvin, at 12/02/2008 4:55 PM  

  • Rose,

    This really touches on something central to me. Umm, I don't know for myself the content of his teachings, yet. I understand that our friends across the way are giving us some serious and heartfelt warnings. This is for me, now; I cannot imagine a world where honor is not given where it is due.

    We are to honor our elders. I honor my teachers even if I don't think I can comprehend what they promote. Do you see how giving honor is different than giving sanction? I do. As free grace people, did you not notice too Rose, the legacy that so many testified naturally of? That he established the doctrine of eternal rewards so well that those who were taught by him began to live obediently for Jesus in light of such a view. What a legacy!!!!!

    I am passionate to honor, and emulate, such a brother, and defend his reputation.

    Hodges, even if he could not be moved in his beliefs in the last three years, stayed respectful and kind, till the end. I saw that. If anyone wants to measure his fellowship-quotient in the body of Christ they must do so from a biblical point of reference. The word says that we can know a true disciple of Jesus, by?

    I am offended that his opposers have not issued a public statement of gratitude in memorial. The lack thereof offends my belief system. My offense remains so long as they do nothing to rectify or explain their choice.


    By Blogger Sanctification, at 12/02/2008 4:55 PM  

  • Michele,
    I am with you on that. I agree. I noted a couple of bloggers who have stood against him... at least gave a respectful recognition that he was a brother in the Lord and that they were praying for his family. That is the decent thing to do. There are notable exceptions, of course. I find it terribly offensive as well.

    You said:
    I am passionate to honor, and emulate, such a brother, and defend his reputation.

    I have not known him real well or had a great sense for who he was until I listened to that funeral today... and I now feel strongly in line with your statement above. I already did feel in line with it just for what I *did* know of him from reading a couple of his books and many of his articles, but now more so. Seeing the honor given him and hearing the testimonies was invaluable. You get an impression reading some opinions that is way off the marker from the reality that was attested to today.

    You said:
    I cannot imagine a world where honor is not given where it is due.

    We don't have to imagine it - we have seen it. It is hideous and grace-less.

    I was so blessed by the funeral. My father died when I was 12 and that is the funeral that sticks out in my mind the strongest - Catholic. This was to that as day is to night. What a celebration of a life.

    I even got an LOL in with brother Tony Evans' remarks about "jungle fever". :~)

    By Blogger Rose~, at 12/02/2008 5:12 PM  

  • Alvin!
    I saw you pop in at the last minute! Did you see Michele, Gary and I said hello to you? :~)
    It probably will be a better resolution to watch the recording anyways.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 12/02/2008 5:13 PM  

  • Hi Rose,

    comment #34, by the blog author Dr. Wallace:

    As I was reading through these comments, a bizarre thought struck me: if only we treated each other in life the way we do in death! That is, there is obvious tension in discussions about Zane’s views, but such are subordinated to a profound appreciation for the man he was.

    comment #15, by Kevin Butcher:

    I once asked Zane if he felt his views were “new” or unprecedented in the history of the church. He told me that he had found every one of his so-called novel interpretations somewhere in the commentary tradition - except for his views on Romans 10.


    By Blogger Sanctification, at 12/02/2008 5:48 PM  

  • Rose, thank you so very much for posrting this. I think I have made it clear that I do not agree with bro. Hodges on everything, but some of his teachings have simply been used of God to revolutionize my thinking & Christian life, such as his teaching on James & 1 John. They are simply Biblical to the core. Yet though I disagree with some of his teachings I never want it to be said that I denigrated the man. I have & continue to appreciate his Christlike character & desire to emulate it by the grace of God. Thank you again for your excellent post!

    By Blogger David Wyatt, at 12/02/2008 9:05 PM  

  • Hi Rose~
    I lifted these two quotes,

    "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."

    "Although I would strongly disagree with [some of] his views, I appreciated how he challenged my thinking and how he would think through his position all the way to the end."
    ([] my thoughts inserted, boldface my emphasis)"

    Zane has left behind a great testimony of the marvelous free grace of our living faith. I am glad we have some of his books and commentaries in our home library.

    By Blogger J. Wendell, at 12/03/2008 5:44 AM  

  • Dear Rose and all,

    I appreciate your honor of the man who has been used of God to save my soul (in the correct biblical meaning of that phrase).

    your forever brother,


    By Blogger Antonio, at 12/05/2008 10:24 PM  

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