The True Church of Rome and Justification By Faith Alone
“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”
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“The just shall live by faith.”
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“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
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“But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”
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“To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that he might be just and the justifier of him that believeth in Jesus.”
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“Therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Church history since the Reformation reveals wave after wave of attacks against the biblical doctrine of justification by faith alone. The fact is that in eras when this doctrine has been upheld and preached with conviction, the church has flourished and grown. Every significant revival since the 16th century has been marked by a strong emphasis on this doctrine. Every period of decline and apostasy begins with an attack on this doctrine. And it’s under attack today like never before. This is the doctrine by which the church and the individual stands or falls in the sight of God.
Today both the Protestant church and the Evangelicals are going back to Catholic Rome and forsaking the True Church of Rome found in the bible in the book of Romans. They are committing fornication and becoming one flesh with the scarlet harlot of Rev. 17 in their uniting together. I blow the trumpet as a watchman and warn the people.
Justification by faith alone is the only true gospel. All other points of theology emanate from it. This doctrine is like Atlas, it bears a world on its shoulders, the entire knowledge of saving grace. The difference between the false church of Rome (Catholic Church) and the Bible is not just hair-splitting. A right understanding of justification by faith is the very foundation of the gospel.
Job’s Old Testament question was forever answered in the New Testament. “How then can man be justified with God.” (Job 25:4) “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Rom. 3:24) Faith is clinging to Christ alone by grace alone through faith alone.
Justification is the divine act whereby an infinite holy God judicially declares a believing sinner to be righteous and acceptable before him because Christ has borne the sinner’s sin on the cross. Justification springs from the grace of God. “Being justified freely by his Grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Rom. 3:24)
I want to show you the doctrine of justification by faith alone and I want to center it on the book of Romans (the Church of Rome), the true bible church of Rome. I want to contrast the true church of Rome in the Bible, the infallible Word of God, with the false church of Rome and her infallible Pope. I want to show you that faith in Jesus Christ alone saves a man and accounts him just in the sight of God and that the whole traditional structure of the Roman Catholic Church is a needless, empty show. The mass, the sacraments, the priesthood, the papacy, penance, prayers for the dead, idolatry, processions, indulgences, infant baptism, etc. – these things are an enormous sham, a hindrance, a terrible system of lies and therefore need to be utterly swept away and destroyed (and were destroyed in my life when I got born again).
The false church of Rome has added to justification by faith, a complex system of religion and embraces a false gospel. I don’t know the number of times I took a lost sinner through the Roman road of salvation showing him his need of repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ. I was taking him to the true church of Rome in the book of Romans, the infallible word of God that cannot lie. I didn’t take him to the church of my youth, St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church. Now that I was saved, I knew the truth and brought him to the true church of Rome. The book of Romans was written expressly to reveal the way of salvation. And the Bible Roman road of salvation is not the salvation of the modern church of Rome centered at the Vatican.
True Bible Christianity rejects the notion that salvation is a moral process. That the sinner is made just or works out his salvation by his own deeds. Will you believe the Bible, the true church of Rome and God’s true salvation found in the book of Romans or will you be deceived by the false Roman Catholic Church? There are almost one billion Roman Catholics worldwide being deceived by the false doctrine of salvation by works.
It’s not a coincidence that the doctrine of justification by faith has such prominence in the book of Romans, since Rome later became the seat of the papacy. It was foreseen by God and written there by God, as strong and permanent “protest” against the errors of the false Roman Catholic Church. Justification by faith alone answers the question “what must I do to be saved?” that’s why the doctrine is so very important. That’s why it is the central doctrinal argument between the true church and the false church. Nothing can be more crucial that this question. This doctrine strikes at the heart of Roman Catholicism and their salvation by works. “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” (Rom. 3:28)
This is a clear, simple conclusion. A final judgment has been determined by God.
The Catholic gospel is a false, perverted gospel which is spoken of in Galatians 1:7-9. They teach a progressive salvation in which graces are earned or merited. The quantity of grace accumulated at death determines how long a person is purified in purgatory. Roman Catholicism has placed anathema (curse) upon those of us who believe in salvation by faith alone through Christ alone. The false gospel of Roman Catholicism can never be overlooked and accepted by bible- believing Christians. I don’t care how much Billy Graham, Jack Van Impe, and Jerry Falwell deceive people into going back to Rome. We know that justification is not a lifelong process of being made righteous by our works, but it’s instantaneous when we truly believe and get born again. Justification comes immediately with the new birth in Christ. Amen.
Justification was the doctrine that sparked the reformation. Protestantism was born out of the struggle for this doctrine and true salvation. Justification by faith alone was Martin Luther’s great spiritual and theological breakthrough. It did not come easily. He tried good works. He tried everything from sleeping on hard floors and fasting, to climbing a staircase in Rome on his knees. Monasteries, disciplines, confessions, masses, absolutions – all these works proved fruitless. Peace with God eluded him. The thought of the righteousness of God pursued him. Light finally dawned in 1515 as he meditated on Romans 1:17 “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith.” He saw for the first time the perfect righteousness of God which freely grants to believing sinners on the basis of Christ’s merits and which sinners receive by faith. Luther saw that the doctrine of justification by faith alone through grace alone because of Christ alone was the heart of the gospel and became to him “an open door into paradise” And a gate to Heaven. He was reborn.
The phrase justification by faith alone was the key which unlocked the Bible for Luther. It’s the kernel of the gospel and the key to the kingdom of Heaven. We will rejoice over Roman Catholics who receive Jesus Christ as Savior through faith alone by trusting the Word of God (as I did). Let’s take our stand in the true church of Rome found in the Bible. As Martin Luther declared, “My conscience is bound by the Word of God.
To go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand – I can do no other.” Sola scriptura - the scriptures only. Sola scriptura and justification by faith alone became the rallying cry of the reformers. They urged subjection to God’s Pure Word as the ultimate authority rather than the church or Pope.
Sola scriptura remains the central issue today. One must choose between submission to the Bible which is the true Church of Rome or that of the Roman Catholic Church. It’s the Bible book of Romans or the Roman Catholic Church. There can be no compromise on true salvation. That’s why we see Martin Luther, the Catholic priest, being saved while reading the book of Romans in Rome. God sent him form Germany to Rome and to the book of Romans – the true Church of Rome. Amen and amen. The central issue between Catholics and Fundamentalists is the question of salvation, and justification by faith alone found in the Bible is the key doctrine.
But you cannot say that Luther invented the idea of justification by faith. Long before Luther, it was taught by Jesus and in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve realized soon after they sinned that their fig leaf religion of good works was not adequate. God must clothe them with his righteousness. They were justified by the blood of the Lamb of God.
Jesus taught justification by faith (see Luke 18:9-14). See verse 9: “which trusted in themselves that they were righteous.” This is the very definition of self-righteousness by good works. “I tell you this man went down to his house justified.” (vs. 14) So the Publican went home justified rather that the self-righteous Pharisee. Not because he had better works than the Pharisee, but because he realized the futility of self-righteousness. He humbled himself and cast himself entirely on God’s grace. The proud, self-righteous Pharisee, trying to be justified by his works, was rejected. See his prIde. (The big I) I in the middle of prIde and in the center of sIn. I’ll work my way to Heaven. I’ll be justified by my works. I’ll be my own savior and save myself. I-I-I. “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” (Gal. 2:21) The Publican repented and was justified by faith not by works. He pleaded for divine mercy and he was justified immediately, not years later.
Yes, Martin Luther began the Reformation by turning from the false church of Rome back to the true church of Rome found in the Bible. And in so doing turned many thousands of others out of Roman Catholic darkness into the marvelous light of God’s Word. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” (Ps.119:105) The gospel taught in scripture in 1517 is still taught today in 1996. What was true for the Catholic Martin Luther was true for the Catholic Mike Storti 455 years later. I turned from the false church of Rome to the true church of Rome in the Bible.
And to have a false preacher (minister of Satan- 2 Cor. 11:15) like Michael King change his name to Martin Luther King and deceive the people is blasphemy. Martin Luther King never preached salvation through Christ to anyone. He turned people to the works of the law like the Roman Catholic Church does. (The law is your salvation.) He didn’t believe in the Virgin Birth or the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus and according to Romans 10:9 he wasn’t saved. Martin Luther King even tried to make a big show of nailing his civil rights thesis on a door in a copy-cat of Martin Luther - but it was a mockery of a true preacher. Martin Luther King got the Nobel Peace Prize form the world but he never preached the gospel of peace like Martin Luther
(See Galatians 1:6-9) The false Roman Catholic Church perverts the true gospel of Christ which is salvation by grace through faith in Christ. The Catholic doctrine of justification by works is precisely what Paul condemned as a perverted gospel. The Galatians were moving away from the grace of Christ into another gospel – one of good works. And the Catholic Church pronounced anathema (curse) on us. Here in Galatians 1, God’s anathema shatters that of Rome, for it is a curse of God upon those who preach salvation by works. Again we see the rallying cry of the reformers in Galatians 3:11 “The just shall live by faith” and in Ch. 2:16 “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith of Jesus Christ.” Amen.
How is a person justified? “Being justified freely by his grace.” (Rom.3:24) It’s by faith and it’s free. We don’t become righteous before God through good works, religious rituals, morality or law-keeping. It’s a free gift. Don’t frustrate the free grace of God.
In Romans 4 the word impute is mentioned five times. Justification is God imputing to the believing sinner the very righteousness of Christ. It’s God declaring a sinner
righteous and justified. Abraham is the example of justification by faith. “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” (Romans 4:5)
Romans 5:9 says “Justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” We are justified by faith in Christ but specifically through his blood. He must die a bloody death on the cross.
In Isaiah 53:11 speaking of Christ, it is written “Shall my righteous servant justify many.” And many millions of people have been justified by the righteousness of the Lord Jesus. He’s called “The Lord our Righteousness” in Jer.23:6 and so he is. PTL Jesus.
A justified believer (born again) emerges from God’s courtroom with a knowledge that a substitute (Jesus Christ) has born his guilt and now he stands without accusation before the bar of God. “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.” (Rom.8:33) Justification is God’s declaration that those who trust in Christ are perfectly righteous before God – therefore justified in God’s sight.
It’s a legal concept, as when a judge gives a verdict. God is the great judge. It’s his laws we have broken. When we receive Christ, God declares that true justice is done. Before I’m saved, God declares that I’m a condemned sinner, condemned to hell. After I come to Christ, God declares I’m righteous because of what Christ did for me on the cross. Justification is a new spiritual position before God. Pardoned and set free from the prison house of hell. Thank you, Jesus!
In James 2:14-26 we see a ‘seemingly’ contradiction, but it’s not. “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified and not by faith only.” (vs.24) Paul says justification by faith without works in the sight of God. James says justification by works in the sight of men. James points out that the man of faith shows his faith by his works. Are you saved? Then live like it! Are you justified by faith in Christ- yes? Well, I can’t see that. Show me your life of faith. Show me your Holy Spirit works.
True saving faith is visible only to the eyes of God, but saving faith manifests itself by works. He will be a new creature in Christ, zealous of good works. “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Eph. 2:8-9) This is justification by faith in God’ sight, but notice vs. 10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” This is justification by our works in the sight of men. “By their fruits ye shall know them.”
Faith must have works. Works testify to the eyes of man that we are true believers and have exercised faith in Christ. We prove our faith by our works. A man who ‘says’ he’s saved (vs.14) and yet never does the works to prove his faith, is a liar. His faith is dead. He has never been born again and come alive in Christ. He has only made a profession of faith. Our churches are filled with these dead people, dead in trespasses and sins. True saving faith results in a new man. A godly man with good works. Works are proof and the outward evidence of being justified by faith inwardly. Amen.
The true church of Rome is found in the book of Romans (sola scriptura). Justification by faith alone through Christ alone is the true gospel. Don’t follow a perverted gospel of the false church of Rome. The difference is Heaven or Hell. Don’t follow this anti-Christ spirit of fellowship and unity with the Roman Catholic Church. Instead, be like Martin Luther and go back to the true church of Rome found in the Bible.
Have you turned with a repentant heart to the ‘Just One’- the Lord Jesus? Only he can justify you in God’s sight. “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust that he might bring us to God.”
(I Pet.3:18) Don’t just believe in the doctrine of justification by faith – believe in Christ. Be justified by the blood of Christ. ‘Just Jesus’ is the justifier of all who come by faith to him with a believing heart. Amen and amen.
First – Repent of you sins - turn away from
your wicked ways.
Second – Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ in
Third – Confess with your mouth the Lord
Jesus Christ to others.
If this is done in truth, you will be a new creature in Christ. Born again and justified in the sight of God.