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Episode 9

Series: Reformation Solas

Episode 9: Sola Fide Part 1.

Randy Johovich, Marlin Klingensmith, and Brian Panichelle continue a series on the five Solas of the Reformation.

In this episode they begin a two part discussion on Sola Fide — Faith Alone. Justification is though faith alone. Running time: 33:50.

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Program notes: The following are quoted in this discussion.

Romans 8:33-34

33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn?

James 2:19

You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe–and shudder!

Audio clip from the television series Firefly: Jaynestown episode:

SHEPHERD BOOK: What are we up to, sweetheart?

RIVER TAM: Fixing your Bible.

BOOK: I … uh … What?

RIVER: Bible’s broken. Contradictions, faulty logistics. It doesn’t make sense.

BOOK: No, no, you can’t….

RIVER: So we’ll integrate non-progressional evolution theory with God’s creation of Eden. Eleven inherent metaphoric parallels already there. Eleven, important number, prime number, one goes into the house of eleven eleven times but always comes out one.

BOOK: River, just take it easy. You shouldn’t….

RIVER: Noah’s Ark is a problem.

BOOK: Really.

RIVER: We’ll have to call it early quantum state phenomenon. Only way to fit five-thousand species of mammal on the same boat.

BOOK: Give me that! River, you don’t fix the Bible.

RIVER: It’s broken. It doesn’t make sense.

BOOK: It’s not about making sense. It’s about believing in something, and letting that belief be real enough to change your life. It’s about faith. You don’t fix faith, River. It fixes you.

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 11 Section 2

Faith, thus receiving and resting on Christ and His righteousness, is the alone instrument of justification: yet is it not alone in the person justified, but is ever accompanied with all other saving graces, and is no dead faith, but works by love.

From the Roman Catholic Church’s Council of Trent:

CANON IX.-If any one saith, that by faith alone the impious is justified; in such wise as to mean, that nothing else is required to co-operate in order to the obtaining the grace of Justification, and that it is not in any way necessary, that he be prepared and disposed by the movement of his own will; let him be anathema.

CANON XII.-If any one saith, that justifying faith is nothing else but confidence in the divine mercy which remits sins for Christ’s sake; or, that this confidence alone is that whereby we are justified; let him be anathema.

CANON XX.-If any one saith, that the man who is justified and how perfect soever, is not bound to observe the commandments of God and of the Church, but only to believe; as if indeed the Gospel were a bare and absolute promise of eternal life, without the condition of observing the commandments ; let him be anathema.

CANON XXIX.-If any one saith, that he, who has fallen after baptism, is not able by the grace of God to rise again; or, that he is able indeed to recover the justice which he has lost, but by faith alone without the sacrament of Penance, contrary to what the holy Roman and universal Church-instructed by Christ and his Apostles-has hitherto professed, observed, and taught; let him be anathema.

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