Justification: The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls

The evangelical church is sinking deeper and deeper into the clutches of ecumenism. “Tolerant” and “gracious” evangelicals not only do not want to hear about how Rome’s gospel differs from the Gospel of grace, they become annoyed with fellow-believers who make a point of it. One of the symptoms of evangelicalism’s embrace of Rome is the decreasing number of books being published that examine the irreconcilable differences between Roman Catholicism and Biblical Christianity. A quick scan of my list of over 350 such books (see here) shows a noticeable decline in the last ten years. When was the last time you saw a book or pamphlet critical of Catholicism at your local (c)hristian book store? The major (c)hristian book publishers are not only abstaining from publishing such books, they’re now regularly publishing books from Catholic authors which promote Rome’s false gospel.

However, despite the widespread accommodation and compromise with deadly Roman error, Almighty God is still on His throne and Truth still shines. I’m encouraged that books are still being published that value Biblical truth over the push for empty “unity,” books like the up-coming “The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls: Justification in Biblical, Theological, Historical, and Pastoral Perspective,” which is due out March 31, 2019. The blurb at Amazon reads as follows:

“Many factors contributed to the Protestant Reformation, but one of the most significant was the debate over the doctrine of justification by faith alone. In fact, Martin Luther argued that justification is the doctrine on which the church stands or falls. This comprehensive volume of 26 essays from a host of scholars explores the doctrine of justification from the lenses of history, the Bible, theology, and pastoral practice―revealing the enduring significance of this pillar of Protestant theology.”

Catholicism teaches that souls are justified via subjective, intrinsic sanctification, i.e., that a person must become holy enough to merit salvation and that holiness is infused into the soul via grace from the sacraments. In stark contrast, Biblical Christianity teaches souls are justified only by repenting of sin and trusting in Jesus Christ as Savior by faith alone, and receiving His imputed perfect righteousness. The genuine believer is justified via the objective, extrinsic, imputed righteousness of Christ. The two “approaches” are not similar or complementary. They are diametrically opposed. Both cannot be right. Despite the compromise and betrayal of ecumenical evangelical Judases, the irreconcilable differences over justification remain. There are many differences between Catholicism and Biblical Christianity, but, clearly, the difference over justification is the most important.

I’m especially encouraged by the participation of Leonardo De Chirico in this project. Pre-order from Amazon here.

16 thoughts on “Justification: The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls

  1. Tom, part of the problem is a lack of understanding of just what the dividing issue is. Every person I serve in church with would quickly say the Roman church is wrong, but few could actually articulate why.

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    1. RE: few understand what the dividing issue is

      I agree, Wally. Those who do have some idea of the differences might cite Catholic teaching on Mary, praying to saints, purgatory, confessing sins to a priest, statuary, etc. While these are all important differences, the most important by a long shot is the difference over justification; whether a person is justified by sacraments and merit or by faith in Christ alone and receiving His imputed perfect righteousness.

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      1. Those are exactly the things commonly quoted. Even baptism when mentioned the emphasis is on sprinkling and infant baptism. While I agree those are neither correct, they aren’t the main issue

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  2. I did a diversity course at work last week and it was clear I am extremist in the world’s eyes. I will not be open to other’s beliefs… when they are Satan lead 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Lana. Yes, I’m very aware that the vast majority of the world’s people and even a majority of today’s evangelical Christians would view my postings as sectarian, extremist, and intolerant.

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