Posts Tagged ‘ Justification ’

Ligon Duncan’s “Did the Fathers Know the Gospel?”

Jul 17th, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Dr. Ligon Duncan is an adjunct professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi, and also the senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. At this year’s “Together for the Gospel” conference, held April 10-12 in Louisville, Kentucky, he gave a talk titled “Did the Fathers Know the Gospel?” Here I examine […]



St. Augustine on Law and Grace

Jul 16th, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

One way to help reconcile Protestants and Catholics to full communion is to consider together the writings of the early Church Fathers, because in the Fathers Protestants and Catholics share a common history and a common patrimony. One of the most fundamental points of disagreement between Protestants and the Catholic Church concerns the relationship between […]



N. T. Wright, Biblicism, and Justification

Jun 27th, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

N. T. Wright’s Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision (Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2009) is a somewhat polemical response to his Reformed critics, in which Wright summarizes and defends his understanding of St. Paul’s doctrine of justification. For me, the book has proven to be both illuminating and frustrating. This post began as a chronicle […]



The Church Fathers on Baptismal Regeneration

Jun 15th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured Articles

According to PCA pastor Wes White, the doctrine of baptismal regeneration is “impossible in the Reformed system.”1 By noting this, he intends to show that we should reject the doctrine of baptismal regeneration. But if the evidence for the truth of the doctrine of baptismal regeneration is stronger than the evidence for the truth of […]



What Catholics and Protestants Have Wrong About Justification

Jun 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Just kidding, the Catholics don’t have anything wrong about justification; I was just getting your attention. :-) Now to be serious. The primary way we both [Catholics and Protestants] talk about justification and about any of God’s operations is based on the way that the Scriptures speak of God. Let me say at the outset […]



Reformed Imputation and the Lord’s Prayer

Jun 8th, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

According to the Reformed Protestant doctrine, on the cross Christ paid the penalty for all the sins of all and only the elect. And when those persons first believe in Christ, that redemption is applied to them such that all their past, present and future sins are forgiven, and Christ’s perfect righteousness is permanently imputed […]



St. Augustine on Faith Without Love

Jun 3rd, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

“For this reason Luther’s phrase: “faith alone” is true, if it is not opposed to faith in charity, in love.” – Pope Benedict XVI Reformed Professor R. Scott Clark in response to Pope Benedict: “That conditional, that “if,” makes all the difference in the world. That one little conditional is the difference between Rome and […]



Can God Lie?

Mar 6th, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

When I was younger, I used to think that God actually could lie if He wanted to, but He simply chose not to because of His goodness. I didn’t realize, and I think many people still don’t, that He literally cannot lie. Some theological errors can be avoided by understanding that God cannot lie. For […]



Romanism, Dispensationalism, and the Soteriology of Dr. John Gerstner

Mar 4th, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Ligonier Ministries recently posted an excerpt from the late John Gerstner’s Primer on Justification.  This article, taken together with things he has written elsewhere concerning the nature of faith, manifests an interesting and important inconsistency in Dr. Gerstner’s thinking about justification. Before turning to that problem, I want to make a few comments on the […]



Justification: The Catholic Church and the Judaizers in St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians

Dec 17th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Steve Hays has claimed that what I recently said about justification is at odds with what Robert Sungenis has said about justification. But, in fact, there is no contradiction between what I have said and what Robert has said on this subject.