Justification By Faith Alone

Reflections On NT Wright’s View of Justification

Dr. NT Wright is an eminent British theologian and historian, widely renowned for his work on the resurrection of Jesus. Wright has completed a massive volume titled The Resurrection of The Son of God in which he defends the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. While Dr. Wright may convoke the applause of evangelicals… read more »

The God Who Justifies by Doctor James White

Where does the Bible say that we are justified by faith alone? Is it not true that the only time this doctrine is presented is in the second chapter of James, and it is preceded by a negation? Further, when Paul says that it is our faith that justifies us, is it not true that… read more »

Is Justification By Faith Or By Faith Alone?

In Romans 3:28, Paul said, “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.” This means that we are saved the moment that we put our trust in Jesus for our salvation. We recognize that he died on the cross for our sins, in our place, and because… read more »

Some Christians Believe In Works-Salvation, But Pretend They Don’t

Some Christians believe in works-salvation, but pretend they don’t. This means that they will use the same vernacular and parlance that preachers of the gospel will use, but they are relaying a different and compromising meaning. Their presentation of the gospel will contain subtle nuances that are to the detriment of the power of the… read more »

What Does ‘Jesus Died For Our Sins’ Mean?

When we say that Jesus died for our sins, what is it that we mean? As that is recited throughout the world, something like a mantra, people hear it and just commit to rote memory. It has no meaning. Jesus died… for our sins? Even among professing Christians, many are just unable to articulate what… read more »

5 Truths We Can Learn From The Thief On The Cross

Jesus was being crucified between two thieves. For a brief time, both of these gentlemen were mocking him along with everyone else (Matthew 27:44). But then, one of these thieves repented and recognized his sin. He even recognized Jesus for who he was. God worked in this mans’ heart as he cried out, “Jesus, when… read more »

What Does Acts 2:38 Teach About Baptism?

When does God justify a person? Is it only after they have endured a few religious rites? Is it only after he regenerates them? Is it in response to their turning to him in faith? These different models of salvation pervade throughout the contemporary church and we see them as we gaze through the corridors… read more »

Did Jesus Teach Salvation By Faith Alone?

The person of Christ is often smeared by the non-believer (whether intentionally or not) to put salvation by works in his mouth. Some will suggest that while Paul taught that salvation comes by faith alone apart from the works of the Law, he departed from the teachings of Jesus. Paul said that “To the one… read more »

How Do I Know If I Am Saved?

People are fond of misrepresenting their opponents. They will quickly and eagerly find opportunities to slander those with whom they disagree, or take their writings out of context to make it seem as though they were saying something that they were not. Many people accuse Martin Luther of denying the inspiration of the book of… read more »

Is Justification A Process?

There are two distinct models of justification among Christians that will be examined in this essay. Their defenders may find themselves reacting to the other in frustration to the other, or even lodging accusations of heresy. The difference that I am describing is the difference between justification by faith alone and an ongoing justification. Those… read more »

Can Acts Disprove Faith Alone?

Often when a good Protestant wants to expound upon soteriology, they will appeal to the letters of Paul. Paul explain his model of salvation within his letters, in Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, et cetera. Most commonly, we will appeal to these to prove the doctrine of faith alone. Salvation comes by putting your trust in Jesus… read more »

What Does Romans 9 Teach About Election?

What does Romans 9 teach about election? Well to preface this question a tad: common in evangelical churches today is the Arminian view of election. This view states God elects people based on their free choice to be saved. That is to say that God chooses to save people because he knew that they would… read more »

Were The Jews Saved By Works Or By Faith Alone?

Now I am not denying that many Jews believed that they were saved by their works. People believe heretical things all of the time. There are contemporary heretics who say that one is saved by works rather than faith alone. So there were certainly sects of Judaism, or perhaps even mainstream orthodoxy, who maintained that… read more »

Does Romans 2 Teach Salvation By Works?

Does Romans 2 teach salvation by works? To preface this question a little, one of the fundamental dividing lines or measuring sticks of a true Christian denomination is their stance on faith and works. If they teach that salvation comes by works in any capacity, then they are not a true Christian church and have… read more »

Does Romans 3-5 Exclude All Works Or Just Works Of The Law?

The book of Romans is the masterpiece of the apostle Paul. He exposits Genesis 15:6 and applies it to the modern Christian, seemingly shattering the distinction between the old and the new covenant. The way that a person is justified before God is by faith, to the exclusion of all works. His teaching is inescapable…. read more »

Does Romans 6:3-5 Refer To Water Baptism?

Those who want to take water baptism as a sacrament (a line on a checklist that one must fulfill as a precondition to salvation) will equivocate between the baptism of water, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. A baptism in water symbolizes the Living Water (John 4:14) of the regeneration of the Holy Spirit…. read more »

Does Salvation Come By Faith?

Does salvation come by faith? Why is this an issue? Well, present in the majority of the world religions is the idea that if one is a good person, they will merit eternal life with God, and those who are evil must go to Hell. This is the view of most people, a sort of… read more »

Is Baptism Necessary For Salvation?

When I pose the question ‘is baptism necessary for salvation?’ it should be noted that I am speaking of water baptism, not the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It should also be noted that while my answer to this question is, ‘No, water baptism is not necessary for salvation,’ I would hastily add that Christians… read more »

Does John 3:5 Teach That Water Baptism Is Essential?

Does John 3:5 teach that water baptism is essential? This is a common proof text of people who want to say that water baptism is necessary to enter the kingdom of God. Let’s take a look at the verse. Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the… read more »