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"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)

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  • « New Titles at Monergism Books 11/07 | Main | Images of the Savior (46 – His Prayer in Gethsemane) »

    God's Grace in the Gospel - not just necessary but sufficient

    The Reformers of the 16th Century called the Church back to the one true Biblical Gospel: With Scripture alone as the firm foundation they affirmed that justification is by God's grace alone, received through faith alone, because of Christ alone, to the Glory of God alone.

    In contrast with the Reformers, Rome believed (then as well as now) that justification is by grace, through faith and because of Christ, and issued an anathema on those who affirmed that faith alone justifies (at the Council of Trent). However, it is the little word "alone" that identifies the one true biblical Gospel and all other pretenders as false gospels. What Rome does not believe is that justification is by grace alone, received through faith alone, because of Christ alone, to the glory of God alone. For Rome, justification is by grace plus merit, through faith plus works; by Christ plus the sinner's contribution of inherent righteousness. Dr. James White addresses this theme in clear terms in a quote taken from his blog at aomin.org, November 14, 2007

    How can one say "faith alone, Christ alone, to the glory of God alone" and then say "propitiatory Mass that never perfects, grace mediated through Mary, temporal punishments, purgatory, and satispassio"? Or to return to the Galatian context, what basis does anyone have to believe that one can say "faith alone in an all sufficient Christ" and "circumcision necessary to have true faith in Christ" at the same time without involving such a contradiction as to render words meaningless? What is it about the Galatian heresy that rendered its proponents anathema that is not present in the pantheon of Roman additions to the gospel? How many times does Rome have to say "no, no, faith alone is not sufficient, you need sacraments, you need the priesthood, you need indulgences, confessions, penances, and a never-perfecting re-presentation of Calvary" before she catches up with the Judaizers in Galatia?... If you can't tell the difference between "faith alone in Christ alone by grace alone to the glory of God alone" and Rome's man-centered, peace-robbing, soul-destroying "gospel," then God has not spoken, He has not even mumbled, and we are of all men most to be pitied.

    Posted by John Samson on November 14, 2007 09:23 PM

    Comments

    Wow,

    this is strong meat here!

    True!

    False!

    and still!!!


    What amazes me is with what ease I am able to read the language behind the English translations. There are so many Bible tools available today for anyone to search the Scriptures to see that these things are so!!

    For instance, when one takes the time to look at the two Greek Words that are translated the English word: justification, the one in verse 16 of Romans 5 and the other in verse 18 of Romans 5 one would think one would not take the false but only the TRUE.

    This might be cause to give as strong a word as this one here even more!!!

    Who is responsible for one taking the false and the True?

    Where does the fault lie? Does it lie with the giver or hearer of the Word?

    In verse 16 of Romans 5, it clearly makes the point clear that it is Jesus' "equitable deed" that allows Life to come to me however it came to me!

    In my personal case I was "reading" the KJV of the Bible, chapter one of Matthew and came upon verse 21, AND YOU SHALL CALL HIS NAME JESUS, FOR IT HE WHO WILL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS then those Words "came alive" within me! And all I know is I now knew He would save me!!!

    In verse 18 it makes clear I, a guilty one, needing no convincing of guilt or shame or despair, am acquitted because of His equitable deed and no other.

    Again, there is no merit on my part and there was no effort to "contribute" to my being "right" before God then or now.

    How do we error?

    The False Prophet perhaps who clearly is at work in that aged institution, the RCC?

    Oh Lord God, be merciful, be merciful and save souls, save souls! Add daily to those such as are being saved to hear and come to TRUTH!

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