Why is justification by faith such an important doctrine?


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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
The teaching of justification by faith is what separates biblical Christianity from all other belief systems. In every religion, and in some branches of what is called "Christianity," man is workin...

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Stringio Vincent Mercado Supporter Skeptic turned believer, Catholic, father of 3
Not justification by faith alone nor works alone, rather, it is justification by grace alone. Let me explain:

The devil enjoys it when we put the words of Paul against the words of James, faith against works, when if fact, Paul and James do not contradict each other. We are justified only by God's grace. There must be a better understanding of justification than just saying faith alone or works alone. Both are incomplete, often misinterpreted and/or misunderstood.

Faith alone without works is a dead faith. 
Works alone without faith is pelagianism. 

Therefore, the correct understanding of justification should be this - By grace alone, in faith in Christ's saving work and not because of any merit on our part, we are accepted by God and receive the Holy Spirit, who renews our hearts while equipping and calling us to good works. (Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, 1999)

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