Monthly Archives: April 2017

Justification By Faith Alone – Maybe We Need a Second Look

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In 2011 a colleague and I formally debated the resolution: “On the day of Judgment, God will declare Christians just, not because of anything done by them, nor because of anything worked through them or done in them, but solely because of the righteousness of Christ imputed to them.” This is a statement of the classic reformed doctrine of justification, a doctrine on which Luther claimed the church either stands or falls. In Reformed theology this is the gospel that one must believe in order to be saved. In other words, the gospel is that Christians are declared righteous before God’s tribunal because of faith alone on the exclusive basis of the righteousness of Jesus charged [imputed] to their account. This debate proved to be a watershed for me in my theological development because it was a moment of clarity. Read more