Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The First Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

O LORD, who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights; Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness, and true holiness, to thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Justification by Faith Alone Is Still the Issue

The facade of the common cause movement has not yet been fully revealed. However, as soon as the split from the liberal side of the Anglican Communion is completed, we will see how Anglo-Catholics treat the Evangelical and Reformed side of the movement. My question is how can two traditions co-exist peacefully when one side preaches the Gospel and the other preaches a false gospel of works, merits, and infused righteousness?

The sooner Evangelicals wake up to the truth the sooner the break from the ungodly Anglo-Catholic movement can take place. The lie being perpetuated today is that Roman Catholicism, Anglo-Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy are somehow compatible with the mongergistic Augustinianism of the Protestant Reformation. Even the "Catholics" do not believe this. Their real motivation is to assimilate Evangelicals and Protestants by sleight of hand, deception, and gradual weakening of the Protestant position. The "Catholic" side is essentially assuming a triumphalistic position by default and hoping Protestants are stupid enough to cave to their demands.

However, the English Reformers were willing to give their very lives for the sake of the Gospel of grace and for the doctrines of grace. Can we who are Reformed dare to take such grace for granted? And even more to the point, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself died to pay the penalty for our sins and was raised from the dead for our justification. He shed His precious blood to set us free from man's traditions and false religion. We dare not take His once and for all time sacrifice for granted.

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