As we remember the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, we are reviewing each of the key points and reaffirming our understanding of the factors that led to this movement. On Wednesday (11.29.17) at 6:30pm, we will look at Sola Fide—Faith Alone.
Do we contribute good works to our justification? This is not an insignificant question. It is paramount to our understanding of salvation.
In our time together, we’ll bring both James and Paul into a discussion over justification. Catholics often try to refute faith alone by citing the only place in the Bible that the exact phrase is used — “You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone” (James 2:24). Protestants often cite texts from Paul’s words in Romans, “We hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law” (Romans 3:28). Do these texts contradict each other?
We will wrestle with these and other texts to show that if people are justified, they are justified by faith alone.