Tag Archives: Justification

The Pardon and Peace Made Sure

“Christ for us,” the obedient in the room of the disobedient, is the first part of our message. His assumption of the legal claims, which otherwise would have made good against us, is the security for our deliverance. That deliverance becomes an actual thing to us immediately upon our consenting to allow Him to undertake […]

Declared Righteous

One exercise I have always found helpful when doing a word study, is to find other similar passages and substitute the words meaning for the word itself. Both in biblical and non-biblical literature, the phrase ‘to justify’, and the terms justification and even acquit, whether in Scripture or in the (so-called) secular world, means the […]

20 Statements Characteristic of Antinomianism

A most excellent post from SoundChurch.org: There is only one heresy, and that is Antinomianism. – Rabbi Duncan The following is taken from the article “Antinomianism” as found in The Encyclopedia of Christianity, edited by Edwin H. Palmer. As a part of the longer article, William Young seeks to provide a definition for antinomianism and […]

The Heresy of Tullian Tchividjian & the New Calvinists

If there was any doubt about the greatest error in the teachings of new Calvinists, this should put it to rest. Here’s a tweet from Tullian Tchividjian today: "Just as I am without one plea" is just as true for sanctification as it is for justification. — Tullian Tchividjian (@PastorTullian) August 28, 2012 Think about […]

A Precious Truth Worth More than A World

Thomas Brooks: “Know for your comfort that this imputed righteousness of Christ will answer to all the fears, doubts, and objections of your souls. How shall I look up to God? The answer is “in the righteousness of Jesus Christ.” How shall I have any communion with a holy God in this world? The answer […]

The Confusion Over Justification in Church History

We now know that our current New Calvinists were (are) not the first in church history to have confounded justification and sanctification. Their error is from long, long ago. Louis Berkhof: "The doctrine of justification was not always clearly understood. Some of the earliest church fathers already speak of justification by faith, but it is […]

Justification & the 1689 London Baptist Confession

Under the heading for Justification, the 1689 London Baptist Confession says this: 1._____    Those whom God effectually calleth, he also freely justifieth, not by infusing righteousness into them, but by pardoning their sins, and by accounting and accepting their persons as righteous; not for anything wrought in them, or done by them, but for Christ’s […]

Instead of Me

Many years ago, I was walking with a friend along the pleasant banks of a Scottish river, in one of the early months of summer, when the trees had just begun to show their fresh verdure and to offer us a shade from the sun. A man in rags came up to us begging. We […]

SoundChurch Clarifies Statement on Double Imputation and Active Obedience


Double Imputation–The True and the False

True: Our sins are imputed to the account of Christ, and His righteousness is imputed to our account. We are declared justified (in conformity with God’s law), but we are not made righteous. That is sanctification, a process never completed in our stay on earth. This is the biblical testimony. False: The righteousness of Jesus […]

The Heresy of Double Imputation

Hmmm…. From SoundChurch.org: “The doctrine of double imputation limits the efficacy and sufficiency of Christ’s atoning work on the cross while Scripture clearly teaches that the single imputation of Christ’s perfect-in-every-way sacrifice is enough to make us righteous before God. The doctrine of double imputation implies that works have merit before God. Somewhat ironically, a […]

Grasping the Gospel

I am angry. Not in a sinful way, but I am angry. I am angry that there are preachers and teachers out there in this world who are doing their dead-level best to convince you, my brethren, that you will never fully comprehend the Gospel. Listen to me. If you cannot comprehend the Gospel, you […]

Q&A: Hebrews 10:14

I received this question in the combox and I think it’s a fine example where some (not necessarily the commenter) can become confused when reading a passage where it clearly uses sanctification in the past tense. I’ll quote the comment in its entirety and hopefully, you will find this discussion useful. Here’s the Q: Okay, […]

John Piper Does Not Understand Justification

Justification is a declaration coming from the throne of God regarding our judicial, legal standing before God and His Law. It is God declaring us righteous! That is, it is a declaration from God declaring that we are in perfect conformity to His Law. It is not progressive as the Roman Catholic cult teaches. Justification […]

The Gospel Coalition’s Promotion of the Heresy of the Total Depravity of Christians

The Westminster Confession, in describing free will, tells us in chapter 9, section 3: I. God has endued the will of man with that natural liberty, that is neither forced, nor, by any absolute necessity of nature, determined good, or evil. II. Man, in his state of innocency, had freedom, and power to will and […]

Justification by God the Father Alone

Reductionism is not always a bad thing. In cooking, for example, who doesn’t enjoy a nice demi glace on their favorite haute cuisine? Or, a simple sauce, reduced to intensify flavor and add an invigorating compliment to an otherwise simple meal? Even the sauce on a pizza is the product of a reduction process. In […]

December 31


[The hymn writer got it spot-on right. It’s “Trust and Obey” not “Trust and Contemplate”. – JT] Jay Adams: This word today is taboo in some Christian circles. Why? Because it runs counter to the new trend that confuses sanctification and justification. And yet, why should this be? There is no valid reason for such […]

Gospel Sanctification

Jay Adams There are many more people who have been affected by the latest Gospel Sanctification propaganda than you—or even they—might realize (if you don’t know about it, it’s time to find out!). You hear it in little things that they say, and /or how they say bigger ones. People are now writing not only […]

The Relationship Between Justification and Sanctification

You asked for it, so, here it is, the biblical relationship between justification and sanctification. New Birth Justification Sanctification 1. Work of God the Holy Spirit. Work of God the Father. A declaration from the throne of God. Work of God the Holy Spirit in Christians to cause zealous desire for and resulting in good […]

The 95 Theses Against New Calvinism

This is interesting. I haven’t read all 95 yet, but I’ve seen many of these teachings, some of which are patently absurd but believed by many –  becoming more and more popular and taught by some of the most visible and influential preachers and speakers…including but certainly not limited to, John Piper, Tullian Tchividjian, T4G, […]

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