Will We Be Finally “Saved” By Faith Alone (Sola Fide)?

The Scriptures simply do not support the inference that there are two stages of salvation and that our putative “future salvation” is contingent upon sanctification. Saying that our future sanctification is “decisively” wrought by God does not alleviate the problem. The whole construct rests on the premise that so long as we assert divine sovereignty we may say, more or less, whatever we please. Continue reading →

Video: Luther Under The Gospel

Video courtesy the Lynden United Reformed Church (Lynden, WA) where Bob Godfrey and I spoke earlier this month for their Reformation Conference: Luther Nailed It.

Does 2 Thessalonians 2:13 Teach That Our Good Works Are An Instrument Of Salvation?

In 2 Thessalonians 2:13 Paul wrote, “And we ought to give thanks to God for you brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you (to be) the first fruits1 unto salvation in sanctification of the Spirit and in faith of the . . . Continue reading →

Ferguson: Assurance Depends On Sola Gratia, Sola Fide

If final justification is dependent on something we have to complete it is not possible to enjoy assurance of salvation. For then, theologically, final justification is contingent and uncertain, and it is impossible for anyone (apart from special revelation, Rome conceded) to . . . Continue reading →

Did Ursinus Teach Final Salvation Through Faith And Works? (3)

Last time we looked at the first 2/3 of Ursinus’ answer to the question: why do good works or why are they necessary. He has already discussed how our good works relate to God and to self. Finally, under this head, he . . . Continue reading →

Did Ursinus Teach Final Salvation Through Faith And Works? (2)

In part 1 we considered the two catechisms Ursinus wrote in preparation for the drafting of the Heidelberg Catechism (1563). We saw that, though he taught both the necessity and even inevitability of good works issuing from new life and true faith . . . Continue reading →

Why We Remember The Reformation (Part 3)

“God’s verdict of not guilty and his imputing of his own righteousness to us at the beginning of the Christian life is by faith alone… that’s how we get started. James is answering the question ‘does the ongoing and final reckoning of . . . Continue reading →

Resources On The Controversy Over “Final Salvation Through Works”

For the last several years several writers identified with the broader Reformed movement have proposed that Christians are saved initially by grace alone, through faith alone but finally through faith and works. There are two claims here: 1)  salvation is in two . . . Continue reading →

Did Ursinus Teach Final Salvation Through Faith And Works? (1)

Zacharias Ursinus (1534–83) was the principal author of the Heidelberg Catechism (1563). He was responsible for perhaps as much as 70% of the catechism, though the two source documents that he created, from which much of the catechism was formed, drew from . . . Continue reading →