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If both the Orthodox and Catholic Church affirm salvation by grace through faith, why did the Protestant Reformation happen?

Because the Catholic Church doesn't teach that we attain salvation only through the reception of God's grace by faith. That's why the Protestant teaching is called sola fide! The Catholic Catechism ...
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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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Why did Luther say "Sin boldy"?

For most of a year following his trial at Worms in April 1521, Martin Luther was in seclusion. During this time his associates at Wittenberg were implementing practical changes in the church there. ...
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According to Protestants following the Reformation, what did Jesus mean when he said "do this and you will live"?

Protestants typically argue that Jesus is explaining how one might be "saved by works," and not suggesting that it is actually possible for the man to accomplish it on his own – on the contrary, he ...
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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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What was first, sola scriptura or sola fide?

This is a complex topic, for at least two reasons: 1) there was a wide diversity of thought in the pre-Reformation and Reformation periods, and 2) today's definitions of sola scriptura and sola fide ...
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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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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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Do Lutherans believe that the sacraments are necessary for salvation (similar to Catholics), and if so, how do they reconcile this with Sola Fide?

First, a Lutheran is not likely to recognize the phrase "salvation by faith". The usual construct Lutherans use is "justification by faith". For Lutherans, there is a distinction between the two. ...
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Did Pelagius believe in "faith alone"?

Below I've tried to summarize Calvin's views and then characterize Pelagius' as they relate to salvation by faith alone. All quotes from Calvin below are from his Institutes of the Christian religion. ...
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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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If both the Orthodox and Catholic Church affirm salvation by grace through faith, why did the Protestant Reformation happen?

I'd like to focus on the following part of your question because it is not answered, yet: If ..., why did the Protestant Reformation happen? This question implies that the main reasons for the ...
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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 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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If both the Orthodox and Catholic Church affirm salvation by grace through faith, why did the Protestant Reformation happen?

While it is true that one can say the Eastern Orthodox proclaims "salvation by grace through faith", the eastern understanding of what exactly salvation is departs radically from that of western ...
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What is an overview of Lutheran faith-alone systematically taught before Martin Luther?

I have not found any reference which lists precisely the church fathers that Luther read (and was influenced by) other than Augustine. Certainly of the church fathers, Augustine was a strong influence ...
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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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Protestantism: If justification is by faith alone how can judgement be by works?

You start by quoting two scriptures Protestants agree with, verses that declare nobody can be justified in God's sight by deeds of the law, and that believers have [present tense] eternal life, having ...
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If both the Orthodox and Catholic Church affirm salvation by grace through faith, why did the Protestant Reformation happen?

CuriousDannii's answer is quite good, and well researched. I'm adding an answer that is perhaps more conceptual and experiential. Firstly, there's a number of reasons for the Reformation on grounds ...
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What is the Protestant interpretation of Philippians 3:12?

Paul is explaining that yes we are saved by grace through faith because of Christ's faithfulness (Phil 3:9), but goes on to emphasize continuing in that (Phil 3:12). He's not contradicting himself. ...
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How does repentance fit into the doctrine of sola fide ("by faith alone")?

This is a summary of a lecture from my college lecturer Mark Baddeley. Sentences in quotes (but not block quotes) are from his lecture notes. The relationship of faith and repentance There are several ...
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Sola fide and Satan?

Faith alone (sola fide) is a statement of the Reformers that summarizes their doctrines of justification. It means that a person is found just, or righteous, on the basis of their faith in the ...
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How does repentance fit into the doctrine of sola fide ("by faith alone")?

Faith works together with repentance You cannot separate repentance from salvation-faith. Put simply, faith that leads to salvation works with repentance. The Bible clearly teaches that repentance ...
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I have a question for Roman Catholics does Ephesians 2:8-9 teach faith alone?

In Catholicism, there is initial justification which is by grace only and there are also progressive and final justification. See two Jimmy Akin EWTN articles: Justification in Catholic Teaching ...
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How do Protestants who say Catholicism doesn't teach the true Gospel understand a Catholic person’s faith in Jesus?

I think a big part of the confusion here is that Catholics and Protestants have different definitions of what it means to be "saved". Roughly speaking: Protestants believe that faith alone ...
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How do Reformed Protestants interpret Matthew 18:18?

Here is the full text from Calvin's Commentary. I do not think any Presbyterian or Reformed would disagree. What things soever you shall bind. He now repeats the same words which he had formerly ...
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How do Reformed Protestants interpret Matthew 18:18?

Calvin writes a commentary which address this passage in some detail. He summarises it as follows: The substance of it is this: Whoever, after committing a crime, humbly confesses his fault, and ...
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Protestantism: If justification is by faith alone how can judgement be by works?

Those who have experienced justification have already been judged. This experience includes the conviction of sins (the deeds) and the felt acknowledgment of sin (the inward state described in Romans ...
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How do Reformed Protestants interpret Matthew 18:18?

The Presbyterian and Congregational view is different on this matter. In the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith, used by Congregational Reformed Churches, it says in Chapter 26 (Of the Church), ...
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