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 Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Reasonable Christian: Original Sin and Justification by Faith, by David Broughton Knox

The late theologian from the Sydney Diocese of the Australian Anglican Church, D. Broughton Knox show us clearly why there is no such thing as a "future justification" or a "future vindication" in the judgment:

The Roman Catholic Church gives an answer that God's verdict of just is only given at the completion of a long process of sanctification by which sin is purged out and virtues grown in the soul till at last the human soul attains perfection and is rightly admitted to heaven. The Roman Catholics give the name of justification to this process, which for most sinners is a long one, extending to thousands of years in purgatory. The means by which (according to the Roman Catholics) God works out this process of justification (or as we would say sanctification) are many-the reception of the sacraments, ascetism, pilgrimages, good works of all descriptions. For the Roman Catholics the phrase "God justifies the ungodly" is no paradox but a straight-forward, almost platitudinous statement that God makes bad people better.

The short answer is therefore that justification is here and now and no Christian need doubt his or her salvation or postpone their confidence in God's promises to save them as His elect. The moment a Christian dies they go straight to heaven and any future judgment is not to determine salvation or vindication but rather it is a judgment to determine rewards. (2 Corinthians 5:3-8; Titus 3:5-7).

Reasonable Christian: Original Sin and Justification by Faith, by David Broughton Knox

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