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    Justification - is it a Process?

    In this video below (which lasts approximately 31 minutes), Dr. James White responds to an audio presentation by Tim Staples who articulates the Roman Catholic view of justification, namely that it is a process. The Protestant and Roman Catholic views are clearly contrasted. - JS

    Posted by John Samson on January 25, 2010 05:57 PM

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    How ironic it is that that presentation really has merit in both camps, Catholicism and the broader Protestantism where both adhere, foolishly, vainly and stupidly to "works" righteousness.

    I was born into Catholicism. I came out of that into the more Arminian Protestantism. In both, I caved into my base human lusts and was ripped by condemnation, yet now I see with what Dr. White holds up here in sight which is by Grace through Faith and that not of ourselves.

    It is interesting to me that when one lives under that curse of works righteousness, over time you devoid all "hope" in time until the Grace of Christ steps in and He, the Champ He is, captures and claims His prize delivering us from this erroneous proposition of works righteousness.

    The continuity Dr. White addresses is clearly seen when you brief these verses together. It clearly directs your attention to a Grace and Faith full Life settled in Christ, resting on a different trajectory, Greaat and Exceedingly Precious Promises that one now lives a Life of "Living Hope"::::>

    That trajectory of the Apostle Paul:

    Rom 1:5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations,
    Rom 1:6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,

    to

    Rom 6:6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
    Rom 6:7 For one who has died has been set free from sin.
    Rom 6:8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.

    to

    Rom 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

    to

    Rom 15:18 For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience--by word and deed,

    to finally this:::>

    Rom 16:25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages
    Rom 16:26 but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith--
    Rom 16:27 to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

    Today, if you hear His Voice!

    Thanks Pastor John for sharing that clip!

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