Friday, May 11, 2007

Protestants and Catholics...

Recently the president of the Evangelical Theological Society decided to join the Catholic Church. This has led many Evangelicals to make broad-sweeping statements regarding the nature of the Catholic Church. Some of these statements are no doubt true, but so often these are arguments that are regurgitated by non-thinking Protestants. Many Evangelicals are quick to dismiss the Catholic view of justification and yet if you pressed them on certain texts they would not be able to give a satisfactory answer. I do believe that the Bible is clear that justification is an instantaneous, legal declaration by God in which God views the sinner trusting in Christ as having their sins forgiven and the righteousness of Christ imputed to their accounts. However, too many Protestants have accepted this position without dealing with the difficult texts. There have been many Protestants who have communicated unintentionally (although sometimes intentionally) that what saves a person is a "right understanding of justification." A rightly articulated position on justification (while massively important) is not what saves people. Jesus Christ saves people. But how exactly does He save people? What is the grounds of this salvation? In light of these questions I plan on addressing (in future posts) one of the most difficult passages in the New Testament (James 2:14-26) regarding the grounds of our salvation.

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