Reformation 500: Sola Fide and The Historic Protestant View

(This article was originally published here)

In the past article we laid out the Roman Catholic doctrine of justification. Now we turn to discuss the Protestant view of justification. One can find a brief definition of justification in the Westminster Shorter Catechism’s answer to question 33, “Justification is an act of God’s free grace, wherein he pardoneth all our sins, and accepteth us as righteous in His sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone.”[1] Continue reading “Reformation 500: Sola Fide and The Historic Protestant View”

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Reformation 500: Sola Fide and The Roman Catholic Church

(This article was originally published here)

As the 500th anniversary of the Reformation marches nearer, it behooves us to examine anew the differences between the Roman Catholic and Protestant doctrine. What differences were so important that both sides felt that they could not compromise on them? What were (and are) the core disagreements between the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches? The doctrine of Justification is one that forms the core disagreement between the Roman Catholics and Protestants.[1] Continue reading “Reformation 500: Sola Fide and The Roman Catholic Church”