Samuel Bolton’s “The True Bounds of Christian Freedom” is a profound exposition that delves into the essence of Christian liberty. In a world where misconceptions about freedom abound, Bolton’s insights resonate deeply. He skillfully navigates the intricate balance between God’s grace and our response, reminding us that true freedom is found within the boundaries set by our Savior.

Bolton’s words resound powerfully: “For grace frees a man from sin and binds him to holiness.” (p. 73) This quote encapsulates the essence of the book, emphasizing how authentic freedom involves a transformation of the heart that draws us closer to God. As a shepherd of souls, I found Bolton’s exploration of the relationship between law and grace particularly enlightening: “The gospel does not vacate the law, but establishes it.” (p. 41) This distinction is crucial in guiding believers toward a balanced understanding of God’s redemptive work.

The author’s meticulous analysis of key Scriptures also stands out. His reflection on Galatians 5:13 is thought-provoking: “You were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” (p. 95) Bolton’s emphasis on using our freedom to serve others aligns with the heart of a true disciple, reflecting Christ’s own sacrificial love.

In an era where personal autonomy is exalted, “The True Bounds of Christian Freedom” offers a timely reminder that freedom is not found in doing whatever pleases us, but in living in alignment with God’s will. Bolton aptly writes, “The Christian has the widest liberty, but only within the bounds of the law of God.” (p. 51) This insight safeguards believers from falling into a dangerous license that threatens the core of their faith.

Disclosure: This review is a genuine expression of my thoughts on “The True Bounds of Christian Freedom” by Samuel Bolton. I have received no compensation or incentive for providing this review.

Title: The True Bounds of Christian Freedom
Author: Samuel Bolton
Publisher: Banner of Truth Trust