30 October 2013

Daily Morsels--October 30, 2013

Tomorrow is Reformation Day, so lots of posts are appearing about Luther and the reformation.  Here are a couple of highlights.

Justification by faith alone is still the issue--The main issue at the time of the Reformation many years ago was the issue of justification by faith alone. Gene Veith argues that justification by faith alone is still the central issue.  I would agree with him.  Our tendency is to slide back into self-justification (which I would agree with). Veith writes, "Those who deny justification by faith become first legalists and then antinomians. Many evangelicals are saying that the Gospel is about imitating Jesus. I always ask them, 'And how are you doing with that?' Because that standard and God’s standard of absolute holiness and perfect are impossible for sinful human beings to fulfill—which is why we need Christ, the Gospel, and justification by faith—legalists eventually tend to water down that Law to make it easier to fulfill. Thus, political attitudes, feelings of altruism, and various abstract and attitudinal principles replace the austere demands of moral behavior. But then moral behavior itself gets redefined. 'There is nothing really wrong with what I am doing.' If that is true, then we can feel that we are still good people who merit God’s favor. Today we have self-righteousness without righteousness, legalism without the Law, moralism without morality." If you have no idea what I am talking about, please read this article.

More on Sola Fide--One of the faculty members from the Centurions program and an all around smart guy, Glenn Sunshine, wrote this article on Sola Fide, or "Faith Alone." I would commend it to you. Given that it is Reformation week, I would also recommend his excellent little book, The Reformation for Armchair Theologians

Hounding Grace--Tullian shared this quote from Robert Farrar Capon today, “Grace is the celebration of life, relentlessly hounding all the non-celebrants in the world. It is a floating, cosmic bash shouting its way through the streets of the universe, flinging the sweetness of its cassations to every window, pounding at every door in a hilarity beyond all liking and happening, until the prodigals come out at last and dance, and the elder brothers finally take their fingers out of their ears.”

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