Archive for the ‘justification by faith’ Category

True Gospel preaching is charged with antinomianism

May 19, 2014

If we are proclaiming Paul’s gospel, with its emphasis on the freeness of grace and the impossibility of self-salvation, we are sure to provoke the charge of antinomianism. If we do not arouse this criticism, the likelihood is that we are not preaching Paul’s gospel.

 

Stott, John. The Message of Romans: God’s good news for the world. Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. 2001. 167

It is ordained of God that he who believes in Christ is saved freely receiving forgiveness of sins, without works, by faith alone

December 23, 2011

It is ordained of God that he who believes in Christ is saved freely receiving forgiveness of sins, without works, by faith alone.

Ambrose

in The Augsburg Confession, Art.6

NB Ambrose, who taught Augustine, believed in salvation by grace apart from works. But if he had lived in the Reformation he would have been declared a heretic by the Council of Trent

The Catholic Church sees justification as a true eradication of sin and a true sanctification and renewal

May 11, 2010

The Reformers saw justification as a mere legal act by which God declares the sinner to be meriting heaven. … The Catholic Church, not surprisingly, understands justification differently.  It sees it as a true eradication of sin and a true sanctification and renewal.  The soul becomes objectively pleasing to God and so merits heaven.  It merits heaven because now it is actually good …. The Bible is quite clear that we are saved by faith.  The Reformers were quite, right in saying this, and to this extent they merely repeated the constant teaching of the Church.  Where they erred was in saying that we are saved by faith alone.

Karl Keating, Catholicism and Fundamentalism, 1998, pp.167-168

…which contradicts the teaching of scripture that God justifies the ungodly, not the godly, by faith in Christ, and that justification is reckoned to our account, or is a legal declaration rather than an inward work changing the soul.

If anyone says that baptism is optional, that is, not necessary for salvation, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA

May 10, 2010

If anyone says that baptism is optional, that is, not necessary for salvation, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA.

Council of Trent,  Canons on Baptism, Canon 5

Which  means that justification is not solely by faith as the Scripture teaches. If it is argued that baptism is commanded by the Lord Jesus then we agree, but so is perfect love of God and neighbour. Yet if all must do the latter to be saved, then all are certainly lost.

This is explicit in the same council:

If anyone says that after the reception of grace of justification the guilt is so remitted and the debt of eternal punishment so blotted out…and that no debt of temporal punishment remains to be discharged either in this world or in purgatory before the gates of heaven can be opened, let him be anathema.

Sixth Session, Canon 30

God’s freedom to save, not justification by faith, was the crucial question in the Reformation

April 3, 2010

It is wrong to suppose that the doctrine of justification by faith alone, that storm center of the Reformation, was the crucial question in the minds of such theologians as Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, Martin Bucer, and John Calvin. This doctrine was important to the Reformers because it helped to express and to safeguard their answer to another, more vital, question, namely, whether sinners are wholly helpless in their sin, and whether God is to be thought of as saving them by free, unconditional, invincible grace, not only justifying them for Christ’s sake when they come to faith, but also raising them from the death of sin by His quickening Spirit in order to bring them to faith.

Michael Haykin

We might say, then, that to assert men choose God is the pathway to Rome. It is the potter, not the clay who has freedom.

Chrysostom: Justification by Faith Alone

November 7, 2009

Let us see, however, whether the brigand (the thief on the cross) gave evidence of effort and upright deeds and a good yield. Far from his being able to claim even this, he made his way into paradise before the apostles with a mere word, on the basis of faith alone, the intention being for you to learn that it was not so much a case of his sound values prevailing as the Lord’s lovingkindness being completely responsible.

What, in fact, did the brigand say? What did he do? Did he fast? Did he weep? Did he tear his garments? Did he display repentance in good time? Not at all: on the cross itself after his utterance he won salvation. Note the rapidity: from cross to heaven, from condemnation to salvation. What were those wonderful words, then? What great power did they have that they brought him such marvelous good things? “Remember me in your kingdom.” What sort of word is that? He asked to receive good things, he showed no concern for them in action; but the one who knew his heart paid attention not to the words but to the attitude of mind.

– John Chrysostom (around A.D. 347 to around A.D. 407), Sermon 7 on Genesis, in St. John Chrysostom, Eight Sermons on the Book of Genesis, pp. 123-24 (2004), Robert C. Hill translator.
Source: John Chrysostom: Thief Justified by Faith Alone without Works

A right understanding of justification is absolutely crucial to the whole Christian faith

September 26, 2009

A right understanding of justification is absolutely crucial to the whole Christian faith. Once Martin Luther realized the truth of justification by faith alone, he became a Christian and overflowed with the new-found joy of the gospel…Even today, a true view of justification is the dividing line between the biblical gospel of salvation by faith alone and all false gospels of salvation based on good works.

Wayne Grudem

Justification – a great track

August 22, 2009

Forgiveness from Jesus Christ is like a tape-recording of your life wiped clean.

C.S. Lewis

In fact, it’s more than that – it’s dubbing over all the mess you’ve recorded with the harmonious and perfect soundtrack of Christ’s life lived for all those who trust in Him.