What Does the Roman Catholic Church Believe About Justification?What

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The Council of Trent declared that “faith is the beginning of justification, the foundation for justification, and the root of justification. But Rome held that a person can have true faith and still not be justified, because there was much more to the Roman system.” - R.C. Sproul

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The Best Book You’ve Never Read on Justification by Faith

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“It’s a meticulous exegetical case for forensic justification on the basis of Christ’s obedience—imputed to us in union with him and received by faith alone. Even if (like me) you’re someone who doesn’t need to be convinced, you can still be sharpened by Owen’s thorough treatment of the relevant biblical texts” - TGC

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Justification: The Right Hill to Die On

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“One doctrine, justification by faith alone, is rightly called the doctrine by which the Church stands or falls. It was this doctrine that Martin Luther was, ultimately, being asked to recant but could not…. five hundred years later, it is still a worthy hill and mountain to stand upon” - Ref21

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Why the Church Falls

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“The Reformers said that the doctrine of justification–that is, how sinners are put right with God through the work of Christ–is ‘the article upon which the church stands or falls.’ Today in many of America’s churches, this teaching can scarcely be heard.” - Veith

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Sanctification: Different From Justification

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“The saint is justified the moment they trust in Christ; God works immediately and fully. The saint progresses in sanctification through a lifetime of walking as the Lord continues to work. But all of it from start to finish is a work of God grounded in Christ and carried out through the Holy Spirit.” - Tim Bertolet

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“...when the Jesuit Order was founded and then employed to stop the Protestant movement, it was the doctrine of the Assurance of Salvation that was their primary target.”

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“The uniform teaching of Scripture is that ordinary Christians, should be able to make their ‘call and election sure,’ (2 Pet. 1:10), and that not by some ‘extraordinary revelation,’ such as Rome taught, but merely by looking for the unmistakable and certain evidences of the work of the Spirit in their lives.” - Ref21

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