"...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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    Even if we or an angel from heaven...

    In this excerpt from his message at the 2012 Ligonier West Coast Conference, Dr. R.C. Sproul explains why it’s imperative to hold fast to the doctrine of justification by faith alone.

    Standing Firm for the Doctrine of Justification by Faith Alone from Ligonier Ministries on Vimeo.


    If an angel comes in here and says, “Wait a minute. You can’t get to heaven by trusting Christ and Christ alone, and having the imputation of His merit. And the angel came here and said, “For you to really be justified you have to have inherent righteousness. You have to add works to faith, merit to grace, you to Christ.” If an angel from heaven came in here and said that this afternoon, I would take him by the seat of his celestial pants and kick him out of here!

    Paul said that if anybody teaches you any other gospel, even if it’s an angel from heaven, let him be anathema. Let him be anathema; let him be damned.

    If the Pope, the Bishop, the priest, your preacher, teaches any other gospel than that which you have received, let him be anathema; because there is no other gospel.

    And now I’m interested, because I can remember when I got involved in this debate back at the time of ECT and was loosing friends faster than I could shake a stick at them, and people say you’re dividing the church, and all that—same kind of thing they said to John MacArthur.

    And I was alone one night and I went in the church and I opened this passage in Galatians. And I had always stopped at verse 9, “As we said before so I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than that which you have received let him be accursed”—I would stop there. This time I went to verse 10.

    “For do I now persuade men, or God? Do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a slave of Jesus Christ.”

    Here’s where, when the gospel is at stake, as Luther said in His great hymn, “A Mighty Fortress,” in the last verse, Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also. If we have to let go of our family, let go of our friends, let go of our church, let go of our lives, so be it. Otherwise, we seek to please men rather than to please God. And God has saved us with a gospel that is really a magnificent gospel, a marvelous gospel. And if I trade that in, or negotiate it, and say to people who affirm the council of Trent—this other gospel—that I have a unity of faith in the gospel with them, what have I done!

    I’ll give up my relationship to any leader in Christendom over this doctrine; I’ll split my family over this doctrine; I’ll split the church over this doctrine. This is the gospel! If the Lord marks iniquity, who shall stand? Well, guess what? He does mark iniquity. And blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute sin.

    From the Garden of Eden, the first way justification entered the world was how God saved Adam and Eve by covering their nakedness; by hiding their sin. The whole system of atonement in the Old Testament when the blood came into the holy of holies and was sprinkled on the mercy seat, it was to cover the sin of the people. That’s what the cloak of the righteousness of Christ does for all who put their trust in Him. His righteousness is my covering. And that’s how I can stand before a holy God.

    Again, if I have to wait until, through the machinations of the church, and the sacraments, and all the rest, and purgatory, to make me pure before I can be justified, I’m going to sleep in tomorrow morning. Because without sola Fide, you’re without the gospel. And without the gospel, you’re without hope. But thanks be to God who gives us the glorious gospel of justification through trusting in the work of Jesus and the work of Jesus alone, who alone is not only able, but willing to save all who put their faith in Him.

    Posted by John Samson on April 2, 2014 01:16 PM


    2Peter 1:

    * Know this first of all, that there is no prophecy of scripture that is a matter of personal interpretation,
    for no prophecy ever came through human will; but rather human beings moved by the holy Spirit spoke under the influence of God.

    This guy is a false prophet riding on his ass.Even the ass knows when to stop when confronted by an angel, but he does not. Baalam. (Numbers 22:21-39).

    I appreciate Dr. Sproul's focus on faith alone for justification, seeing that it is the sole requirement set forth in Scripture. However, I have some questions for him: When does regeneration occur in this process? Can God call one holy who is not holy? Even if Jesus' righteousness covers a person, if sin is still present, how can God call that person holy?
    I believe regeneration occurs at the time of justification, and faith is the sole requirement for both: "he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit" (Titus 3:5). Is this what Dr. Sproul believes, as well?

    Here's your answer...

    Hint...Just do a search of the page for "Luther." Points out his errors quite well, I think.

    In connection to this post, I would like to share two thoughts that were presented to me some time ago, thoughts that I think are some of the greatest ever:

    a. Salvation = Jesus + 0

    b. Gospel means good news. How good would this news be, if it demanded works of man as well?

    Great thoughts, aren't they?


    Some time ago I centered my focus on Jesus's words, the wonderful line he said:

    "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

    So, Jesus alone IS the way, there's no other way. He is the whole way to God, all the way from the ditch of my stupid sins to Father's heaven.

    This means that even if I go astray and crash deep into the mire, I don't have to wander back to the road by myself first in order to be "worthy" or "righteous" enough to be able to continue walking with Christ - Christ helps me back all the way right from the deepest hole, He is the whole way, wherever I may be. Christ's way begins from the present moment, a man does not have to earn anything before turning back to Christ.

    My little "doctrine" in this life goes like this:

    "Don't let anyone or anything stop you from turning to and staying with Christ. No matter what anyone says or does, no matter what happens in the world, always trust Christ."

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