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Justified by Faith Alone

Justified by Faith Alone [Kindle Edition]

R. C. Sproul
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Luther said that the doctrine of justification by faith alone is "the article upon which the church stands or falls." R. C. Sproul follows Luther's lead in his concise and compelling work, now repackaged and republished. Justified by Faith Alone surveys the main tenets of the doctrine of justification in Roman Catholicism and evangelicalism. Sproul is careful to accurately represent Catholic beliefs and observes that while both traditions agree that faith is necessary for justification, the difference lies in whether faith alone is sufficient. He explores problems with the Catholic doctrine and champions the sole sufficiency of Christ for our salvation.

Effective and engaging, Sproul does not shy away from difficult theological terms and ideas, but capably guides readers through this famous doctrinal dispute. To those who decry the doctrines of imputation and justification by faith alone as "legal fiction," Sproul warns that nothing less than the central message of the gospel is at stake.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 59 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1433515563
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (1 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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Justified by Faith Alone is the perfect remedy for that modern complaint of blurred pictures and slippery positions. In this work, R. C. Sproul goes back to basics to sharply define and pin down exactly what it means to be "justified by faith alone". To achieve this, having set out the background material, he ably reviews in turn the actual doctrine held by Roman Catholics, and by protestants. By taking pains on both accounts to avoid establishing straw man arguments or misrepresenting the case he is able to draw this most fundamental of reformation issues into sharp focus.

This short work is an invaluable summary and introductory text which I firmly recommend most particularly for those who have difficulty understanding and articulating this doctrine, or making sense of the way in which it is denied by Roman Catholic teaching. Both the contextual background and the clearly presented easy-to-follow explanations of Biblical doctrine make this a five-star booklet.

Sean Runnette ably and clearly narrates this audio version of the booklet which runs for just over an hour. The clarity of delivery coupled with R. C. Sproul's outstanding use of language makes this a very effective and listenable audio book. Review made possible by the christianaudio reviewers program.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Razor Sharp on Justification by Faith 10 Aug 2000
By J. Adrian - Published on
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There are some, perhaps many, in our day who think there is a possibility of evangelical churches and the church of Rome being united one day. They believe that perhaps the differences between them are not as great as they have been in the past. This booklet by R.C.Sproul would be a strong corrective to any whose thinking is along those lines. The way a person is justified is the most important doctrine related to a person's salvation. Mr. Sproul highlights one of the most significant differences between the evangelical understanding of justification and the church of Rome's teaching on justification on pages 12-13."Justification refers to a legal action by God by which he declares a person just in his sight. ... Catholics agree that justification occurs when God declares a person just. However,when evangelicals speak of forensic justification,...what is tacit is the assumption that God declares people to be just who in themselves are not just. Rome teaches that God declares people to be just only when they are in fact just." The Evangelicals insist upon the ground of a person's justification being the righteousness of Christ alone(based upon His perfect obedience to the law of God)whereas the Roman Catholic Church teaches that the ground of a person's justification is the work of Christ plus the work of the believer. Until there is agreement here there can never be reconcilliation that would be Biblically based. Another very helpful feature of this booklet is the concise chart on pages 46-47 which detail the significant differences(consisting of 11 points), between the Reformation view and the Church of Rome's view on justification by faith. This booklet is short but very helpful and concise on this vital issue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Careful and Challenging Teaching on An Essential Doctrine 24 Feb 2011
By Aaron Armstrong - Published on
Martin Luther famously said that justification by faith alone "the article by which the church stands or falls." So certain of its importance to the Christian faith was Luther that it became the crucial dividing issue between the Roman Catholic and Protestant Churches.

Today, however, many evangelicals "know" that we are justified by faith alone but are not entirely sure what it means. And because of this uncertainty, we begin to ask--does it really make sense? And is it really that important?

In his (very) short book Justified by Faith Alone, R.C. Sproul answers that question with a resounding yes as he lays out the Roman Catholic and Protestant doctrines of justification.

One of Dr. Sproul's greatest gifts as a teacher is his ability to clearly and charitably examine positions with which he disagrees. In doing so, he manages to clear up a great number of misconceptions that Protestants have regarding Romanism.

A key example is whether or not Roman Catholicism offers a works-based salvation. Sproul argues that it is, in fact, not accurate to make this claim. As he examines Roman Catholic teaching, he reveals that faith in Christ is essential to salvation... it's just not all you need. The congregant's works of penitence, his acts of contrition, are also required. In essence, the Roman Catholic position is that of faith in Christ plus works equal justification (Justification = Faith + Works).

The Protestant position, however, is that faith in Christ alone brings justification, and our works are our response to and the evidence of our right standing before God (Faith=Justification + Works).

Sproul is also quick to address the common complaint against the Protestant position, which is that it is Antinomianism. In this error, we are saved by faith in Christ alone (justification), and there need be no evidence of saving faith (Faith=Justification - Works). However, the Scriptures are clear that one who says that he has faith, but there is no evidence of it in his life is a liar (cf. James 2:14-26).

Justified By Faith Alone is an important book, one that I believe readers of all ages and stages would benefit greatly from. Read the book, and gain a greater understanding and appreciation for this crucial doctrine--and praise God that it is by faith in Christ alone that we are saved.


The review is based upon an audio production of this book provided through ChristianAudio's reviewer program
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but not easy 22 Nov 2010
By Nathaniel LaClaire - Published on
In Justified by Faith Alone, R. C. Sproul describes the differences between the Roman Catholic church's doctrine of justification and that of the evangelical church. This debate was central to the Reformation and yet the author says that it is commonly misunderstood.

After introducing the reader to the meaning of justification and explaining the importance of the debate, he proceeds to explain each of the two viewpoints and then provides further explanation of the Reformation arguments. I found this book - barely more than a pamphlet, really - to be quite interesting. I learned a great deal from it and my understanding of the topic was helped by it. I was pleased by the care with which Sproul explained both sides, avoiding a one-sided debate.

I should point out that this book is neither a light overview nor a Biblical study of the topic. It is much more focused on the historical than the practical and therefore uses numerous Latin phrases that had significance to the Reformers as well as upper-level English that many might find confusing.

Regardless, I am glad that I listened to the audiobook. The book was aided by the exceptional narration and recording quality. The narrator's voice was warm and his enunciation was excellent.

If Latin and college-level English don't bother you, I encourage you to listen to this audiobook. You won't regret it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this audiobook free from the christianaudio Reviewers Program ([...]). I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing these things in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source of information on this topic 18 Jun 2002
By His Beat Goes On... - Published on
There is probably no other resource on the topic of Justification that says so much in so few pages. I admit that this was a tough read at times but the information in here is right to the point. It points out the differences between Roman Catholic justification and Evangelical justification in a well thought out and well reasoned way.
I highly recommend it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good tough content! 30 Oct 2010
By Kristopher A. Vanhouten - Published on
The battle between Roman Catholics and Protestants on their view of Justification is still as hot and controversial as ever. While many who are both inside and outside the church see the two as part of the same family, those who are more in the know are aware of the fact that each sees the other as the confused brother who misunderstood the Father.

Historically, the two sides strongly disagree on whether justification is imputed by faith alone or infused by faith plus works; additionally, there is quarreling on whether one must be baptized, pay indulgences, make penance and if one may lose his or her salvation.

R. C. Sproul wrote Justified by Faith Alone (A very short book) almost like an essay which he then expanded and sectioned out into a book. Chapter one just does a cursory overview of the issue between Roman Catholics and Protestants, but devotes one chapter to each in an effort to explore the two views separately.

In the final chapter, Sproul sums everything up well and breaks up Justification, Faith and Works in an easy to understand manner that you can write out and take with you anywhere. They are:

Roman Catholicism: Faith + Works = Justification
Protestant: Faith = Justification + Works
Antinomian: Faith = Justification - Works

Overall, the book is good with a few fancy Latin terms thrown in which always make the experience enjoyable. However, along with the lack of scriptural references, the audio book format made it somewhat hard to follow as I often got the impression that the whole publication was bullet points that were being read out loud, which can get dreary at times. But seeing as the book is just barely over an hour long, it is similar to listening to an English accented Ben Stein lecture on History for one period in High School; which is not a stab at the reader, but the format of the book.

In conclusion, I give this book a good rating mainly because while the style of the book is somewhat dull, the content is worth a read; especially if you are engaged with people over the topic.

Sola fide et simul justus et peccator! (By faith alone and at the same time just and sinner)

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