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How do Protestants who say Catholicism doesn't teach the true Gospel understand a Catholic person’s faith in Jesus?

(Well taught and informed) Protestants don't make such unqualified statements as "All Catholics are heading to hell". Instead we say that many Catholics are not yet saved, as of course are ...
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Protestantism: If justification is by faith alone how can judgement be by works?

Note that in Matt 7:21, Jesus doesn't say those who enter heaven do so because they do the will of the Father, or are without sin, or did good works. He said those that enter heaven are those that do ...
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Do Lutherans define Justification and Atonement as different things?

Articles 3 and 4 of the Augsburg Confession (part of the Lutheran Confessions) talk about this: The Augsburg Confession (Chief Articles of Faith: Article III: Of the Son of God and Article IV: Of ...
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How does repentance fit into the doctrine of sola fide ("by faith alone")?

There are two primary ways that sola fide theologians deal with this issue, and there is ongoing debate between them over it (cf. Lordship salvation controversy). I'll first address the historical ...
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How do Protestants who say Catholicism doesn't teach the true Gospel understand a Catholic person’s faith in Jesus?

OP: "So on the view of Sola Fide, can’t Catholics still be expected to go to heaven since they express faith? Or am I missing something here?" What you are missing is the Catholic's defining ...
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What is the distinction between Justification and Salvation? (Orthodox/Greek/Eastern View)

Salvation (σωτηρία) Like non-Orthodox, Orthodox believe that salvation culminates in the attainment of eternal life in God. The path to this attainment in the Orthodox view, is one of purification ...
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How could Adam and Eve lose their just standing before God if it was given to them as a Grace and not earned?

Reformed Protestant theology, which includes the doctrines of justification by faith alone and the perseverance of the saints (the inability to lose said justification) regard salvation to be ...
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Can the forensic justication doctrine be characterized as false justification contrary to fact and truth?

In other words, a person is declared righteous despite being a sinner, and remain an ungodly sinner, but God overlooks justice for him and let him go. Is it acceptable if we characterize this as a ...
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How do Protestants who say Catholicism doesn't teach the true Gospel understand a Catholic person’s faith in Jesus?

As a protestant, I think Roman Catholicism is full of heresies. I also think Roman Catholic churches probably have at least some, if not many, Christians in them. The problem with the RCC is when it ...
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What is the distinction between Justification and Salvation? (Reformed point of view)

Put simply, in Reformed theology, salvation is the application or administration of Christ's redemptive work to the elect, while justification is the part of that application in which the sinner is ...
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What is the protestant apologetic for James' explicit statement that we are justified by works?

According to the New Bible Dictionary, 2nd Ed., "Justifiction" entry, Paul used justify as a technical term, but James used it in a general sense of being vindicated, or proved genuine and right with ...
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Protestant Interpretation 1 Peter 1:17

As a lifelong Protestant of more than six and a half decades - first by birth and upbringing in Presbyterianism and then by conversion and baptism in my mid-teens - I would say that now, as a mature ...
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Was Martin Luther known to have read the First Epistle of Clement?

No. Luther is not known to have read the First Epistle of Clement. In fact it is certain that he did not read it. Luther was, in general, very well read in the Church Fathers; and he would have known,...
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What is the protestant apologetic for James' explicit statement that we are justified by works?

This verse by itself may seem to some that it is implying works based salvation, but upon further examination, this is not necessarily the case. Proponents of Sola Fide would cite the context of the ...
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What is the distinction between Justification and Salvation? (Roman Catholic view)

Justification In the Catholic Church, justification (from the Latin iustus, righteous; and facio, to make) means what God does in order to render people righteous. (In theological lingo, justice means ...
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How could Adam and Eve lose their just standing before God if it was given to them as a Grace and not earned?

I believe we can agree that our first parents, who were in a state of original justice, had done nothing to earn that initial state and that it was a gift of God by virtue of his perfect creation. ...
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How could Adam and Eve lose their just standing before God if it was given to them as a Grace and not earned?

The underpinnings of this answer depend on the theology of two covenants. Adam and Eve were originally under a covenant of works. This is to say, that God made an agreement with them that, as long as ...
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What does Protestantism define as 'that which is to be believed' unto righteousness?

Fortunately Jesus answers this one directly when he said: Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad. (John 8:56 NIV) In addition, in Romans, Paul argues ...
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What kind of 'faith' justifies or imputes righteousness to a sinner as per the teachings of the Bible?

Protestants who believe the Bible to be God's inspired word carefully study all that it says on the matter of faith, and those who have the kind of faith the Bible advocates discover what God's ...
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According to the LDS church, how are we justified?

There maybe some difference in meaning of salvation Salvation from physical death: all people die. But through the atonement/resurrection of Jesus Christ all people will be resurrected-saved from ...
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How do Protestants who say Catholicism doesn't teach the true Gospel understand a Catholic person’s faith in Jesus?

"Faith" in both the Bible and common usage includes both belief in someone's reliability, and reliance on them. Saving faith is both belief that Christ's life, death, and resurrection ...
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What is the biblical basis for the imputation of Christ's righteousness to believers?

The imputation of Christ's righteousness is typically defended in light of arguments for the penal substitutionary theory of the atonement and/or the doctrine of salvation by faith alone. In this ...
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Should Catholics in a state of grace call themselves sinners?

Being in a state of grace is defined as: Condition of a person who is free from mortal sin and pleasing to God. It is the state of being in God's friendship and the necessary condition of the soul ...
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Do Protestants appreciate the significance of Mary's genealogy?

This Protestant article is one that demonstrates how important understanding Jesus’ line of descent through Mary is considered to be. Although it says some things that are questionable, this is ...
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What basis could there be for an 18th century Christian to say that "Gnostics were the Antinomians of their day"?

First, to define a couple of terms. Antinomian is the "against" "law". It is the rejection of all of the Mosaic Law in terms of an obligation to observe any part of it, including ...
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Justification by faith in light of Romans 14

Your quote from Romans 14:23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin. refers to people's actions ...
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Justification by faith in light of Romans 14

How I can sympathise with your dilemma! I was brought up to view people who spoke with assurance about their salvation, and who believed that the Lord, who had started a good work in them would see it ...
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How do Protestants explain the relationship between justification and the works of the servants in the Parable of the Talents?

For the sake of brevity, I have placed a single page regarding the parables of the kingdom here on google docs. A number of the parables of the kingdom, as described in the page, convey that what is ...
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Calvinists: How to avoid justification from eternity?

You are asking for a solution to what you see as an intractable problem. A classically Arminian view has been stated. The Five Points of Arminianism include these three (which relate directly to your ...
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What is the protestant apologetic for James' explicit statement that we are justified by works?

Let's take some basic context and expand out a few verses. James 2:21-24 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22- You see that faith was ...
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