Are we or are we not saved through faith alone?
The Desiring God website published an article earlier this week using a tweet saying “You’re not saved through faith alone. Be killing your sin.” For Desiring God (the ministry of John Piper) to put out a title like that in the month of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation is to have dropped a match in gasoline.
For this episode, we welcome Pastor Matthew Fletcher of Webster Bible Church, Adam’s own pastor. This in-studio discussion was our attempt to fairly and charitably represent the best of both sides in this debate, and to search the Scriptures for keys to understanding what it all means.
To everyone else, we in the Reformed world probably look like hair-splitting lunatics as we debate this vital doctrine. But to those of us who know that Western civilization depends on a healthy, vibrant Reformation Church, questions of soteriology are nothing to ignore or brush aside.
The issue of how we are saved is the heart and soul of the Reformation, both 500 years ago, and today. If we lose the Reformation distinctives of the 5 Solas, we lose the whole gospel from the churches…
So these things are indescribably important. Tune in!
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Do you know why we’re Protestant? Can you explain to your family, friends, and to unbelievers what happened in Germany in 1517, and what it means in Western civilization in 2017? Too many Christians (both Roman Catholic and Protestant) have no idea what the Reformation was and is about! What does it mean to be Protestant, and does it still matter?
Pastor Nate Pickowicz recently published Why We’re Protestant: An Introduction to the Five Solas of the Reformation. In this episode Nate helps me explore and explain the differences between Rome and Reformation, and why the differences still matter. This interview lays plain why we maintain the protest of Luther, Zwingli, and Calvin, and why our very salvation depends on it.
Both living popes have recently given statements on the Reformation which may seem to indicate a moving together of Rome and Reformation, but have things truly changed between us? Are we able to unify? During the show, Adam reads those quotes to get Nate’s responses.
Justification, sanctification, faith, good works, and grace—we touch on all of these and beyond. Enjoy this Reformation conversation! Be sure to review the Westminster Confession of Faith on Justification (Chapter XI), which Adam reads in part during the show. This episode is not meant to provoke anger in our Roman Catholic friends, but rather to spark honest dialogue about how we are still very much in disagreement over the heart of the Reformation protest.
Here’s a great review of the book by Joshua Mills at the Sovereign Grace Alone blog.
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The Reformation is such a complex series of events, myths and errors are bound to crop up around its memory. In this laid back conversation with R Scott Clark, professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Westminster Seminary California, we get the details on some of what really went down all those centuries ago, and how the consequences have followed us to this day.
Please get more carefully acquainted with this wonderful pastor and theologian, and visit his website at your first chance. You can find him on Twitter here.
For more information on the new documentary Calvinist, click here.
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500 years of gospel life! It’s the 500th anniversary of the Reformation! The month of October 2017 marks five centuries since the gospel rose from the ashes and rubble of medieval Christianity.
And we have much to celebrate. While there are many problems in the churches, too many to number, there is one irrefutable reality in our midst: the gospel has not expired from the earth, now 2,000 years into the Church age.
We live! In spite of all Satan’s ploys, we live in Christ! The Church has not been defeated, nor shall she be. Though the forces against us are mighty, the gospel within us is greater, by the Spirit of Christ Himself!
Tune in this next month for episodes surrounding our Reformation heritage. For today, listen to Adam talk about our great God and His gospel. Give your feedback here, and please support the show here.
Some Reformation resources you should check out:
Stephen Nichols: What was God doing Before the Reformation?
W Robert Godfrey: Church History
Seeing Christ in all of Scripture
Christian Dogmatics: Reformed Theology for the Church Catholic