Tuesday, December 22, 2009

John MacArthur: Justification by faith is always attacked first by the enemy

John MacArthur on the Reformation doctrine of justification by faith:

The Reformation doctrine of justification by faith is, and has always been, the number one target of the enemy’s attack. It provides the foundation of the bridge that reconciles God and man—without that key doctrine, Christianity falls. But the doctrine that the Reformers so painstakingly clarified, even spilled blood over, has become so muddled today that many Protestants barely recognize it. Sadly, there are some who react against a clear presentation of justification, calling it nothing more than useless hair-splitting.


What’s so important about the doctrine of justification by faith alone? It is the doctrine upon which the confessing church stands or falls. Without it there is no salvation, no sanctification, no glorification—nothing. You wouldn’t know it to look at the state of Christianity today, but it really is that important. (John MacArthur, Justification by Faith)

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