In this work, Gerhard Forde makes a dashingly bold move to construct a whole systematic theology on the model of Martin Luther's Bondage of the Will. Forde continues Luther's polemic against every theology that fools with God apart from the Word. He drags systematic theology out of the study, sticks it into the pulpit, onto the altar, and under the waters of baptism so that it proclaims the gospel. He sets limits within which discussions of ministry and ecumenism must occur, if we are to remain proclaimers of the gospel. He writes a theology that is good for nothing but proclaiming the living Word of God.