Since the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century, sola fide has been the defining doctrine of evangelical Christianity - and the way a person is justified the defining difference between Roman Catholics and evangelicals.
In this audio, R. C. Sproul examines what justification is according to God's Word, compares the Roman Catholic and evangelical stances on this core doctrine, and discusses the relationship of faith and works - all to show why "by faith alone" is so essential.
As Sproul puts it, "The crucial issue of infusion versus imputation remains irreconcilable. We are either justified by a righteousness that is in us or by a righteousness that is apart from us. There is no third way." Indeed, eternity is at stake. This is a topic that should not be ignored.
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Sproul's exegetical genius is compounded further by his theological expertise in this magnum opus. The protestant model of salvation, espoused to be Sola fide, is Gospel centered and Sproul's pen clearly establishes (and reestablishes) this point. This text is a must for the layperson investigating the sovereignty of the Lord. I'd hear the performance over and over again. Along with the obvious text, The Holy Bible—John Piper's "The Justification of God: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Romans 9:1-23" is an excellent companion to this book. The vocal performance of the text enhances what would normally be considered dry if read traditionally in one sitting. It's not recommended that this text be listened to while multitasking, give the text some focused time for notes and reflection.
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