Sunday, November 24, 2013

A Most Wholesome Doctrine: Justification by Faith Alone

By Jordan Lavender
Special to Virtueonline
November 24, 2013

The glorious truth of the Christian religion, in contrast with the philosophy of man, is the truth that God has loved us in such a manner that He has sent His one and only Son to die on our behalf. This sacrificial death has opened the doors of heaven to us, miserable sinners, and, through no merit of our own, God has chosen to love us and put Himself in relation to us. This great mystery of the Christian faith is just that, a mystery, "[W]e preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God" (1 Cor. 1:23-24). This Gospel of grace we preach is a mystery to us, yet, we continue to preach it because we know that God has revealed his love to us in the Scriptures. The lavish graciousness of God is the subject of this essay and the firm foundation upon which we base our belief. It is in this spirit that the English Articles of Religion rightfully proclaim this a "most wholesome doctrine".

So reads the Eleventh Article in the Articles of Religion of the Church of England, the full text of said article reads:

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