Matthew Bates, Ph.D.

Matthew Bates, Ph.D., associate professor of theology, recently authored a book entitled “Gospel Allegiance: What Faith in Jesus Misses for Salvation in Christ.”

Published by Baker Publishing Group, “Gospel Allegiance” explains that saving faith doesn’t come through trust in Jesus’s death on the cross alone but through allegiance to Christ the king. The book develops themes from Bates’s award-winning book “Salvation by Allegiance Alone” and is experiential for believers who want to better understand and share the gospel. “Gospel Allegiance” includes a guide for further conversation, making it ideal for church groups, pastors, leaders and students.

“Gospel Allegiance touches on what I am most passionate about-the kingship of Jesus, so it was a joy to write,” said Bates. “I am particularly excited about this book because it is aimed at everyday readers, not just scholars and pastors. I hope it helps the church speak in more nuanced ways about the fundamentals: the gospel, faith and salvation.”

Bates has a doctorate in theology from the University of Notre Dame. His main teaching area is the Bible and early Christian literature, especially the New Testament, as well as courses in Western Religion, Church History and Christian Spirituality. He is the author of four books and the cofounder and cohost of the popular podcast, OnScript.

The “Gospel Allegiance” is available wherever books are sold. For more information, visit the publisher’s website or

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