Self-contradictory doctrines like, “Christ saves, but you must contribute,” have sparked debating voices for centuries. Religious groups use “grace” and “mercy” language but teach that one must contribute to his or her salvation. That’s a works-centered and human-exalting Gospel, folks. Either regeneration precedes faith precedes works or works precede faith precedes regeneration. We simply cannot have it both ways.
In this episode, James and Andrew talk about penance vs. repentance, Christ’s finished work on the cross and the finality of His forgiveness, and see how Luther rebutted Rome’s doctrines of penance and purgatory. We err if we preach that one is forgiven and yet must in any way atone for his or her sin by any sacrament, deed, prayer, oath, or payment. The wage of sin is death. Either we are covered by Christ’s substitutionary death or experience everlasting death in our own sin. There can be no halfway system.
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