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Justified by Faith Alone

Author R.C. Sproul
Narrator Sean Runnette
Runtime 1.1 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio Hovel
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Release Date April 5, 2010
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Since the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century, sola fide has been the defining doctrine of evangelical Christianity--and the way a person is justified the defining difference between Roman Catholics and evangelicals.

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Since the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century, sola fide has been the defining doctrine of evangelical Christianity--and the way a person is justified the defining difference between Roman Catholics and evangelicals. In this booklet R.C. Sproul examines what justification is according to God's Word, compares the Roman Catholic and evangelical stances on this core doctrine, and discusses the relationship of faith and works--all to show why "by faith alone" is so essential.

As Sproul puts it, "The crucial issue of infusion versus imputation remains irreconcilable. We are either justified by a righteousness that is in us or by a righteousness that is apart from us. There is no third way." Indeed, eternity is at stake. This is a topic that should not be ignored.

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So, recently I had the privilege of reviewing Sproul's "Justification by Faith Alone" via ChristianAudio
and for such a short book/listen, I'm impressed with Sproul. I don't have much experience with Sproul, other than his classic "The Holiness of God" (which you should read, if you haven't already), but let me give you a brief and honest review of the book. Sproul starts our with a phenomenal critique of evangelicalism and their common misconception of what justification by faith alone is meant by our reformation fathers; the first two chapters dedicated to delving the general understanding of what justification is, and justification according to the Roman Catholic faith. If there is anything I can stress about this book, the third chapter is the most pivotal towards your understanding of justification by faith alone. We evangelicals are renown for blurring the line between justification and sanctification (the process of regeneration) and teaching our congregations that the terms are synonymous (which is a theological tragedy). Sproul does an incredible job with this subject, highly recommend this book if you desire knowledge in this area.

As a seminary guy, I find this book an incredible tool for the layperson and scholar alike. Scholars may use this as a crash course of the theology & history of justification by faith alone; laymen of the church will find that this book is directly to the point, no nonsense, and enjoyable.
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Review by / (Posted on 3/11/2011)
Packed with info
Justified by Faith Alone by R.C. Sproul is a short little book, but packed with great insight and tight logic. It is written on a pretty high level of vocabulary, so I wouldn't recommend it to the person who is only casually interested in the subject. It is more like a college professor lecture than a devotional book written about faith. If you are looking for an academic look at the subject, you will not be disappointed.

The book is written as a recap of the struggle the reformers faced with the Roman Catholic Church. Although much of the book is rooted in historical arguments, Dr. Sproul mentions many contemporary issues that stem from the distinction evangelicals have in sola fide. It is not concerned with additional arguments, such as monergism vs synergism, so both Arminians and Calvinists would find it to represent their views.

Just over an hour in length, the audio is crisp and the narrator does a great job, even with the Latin phrases.

The christianaudio Reviewers Program (http://christianaudio.com) provided me with a copy of R.C. Sproul’s Justified By Faith Alone. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Review by / (Posted on 3/2/2011)
Careful and Challenging Teaching on An Essential Doctrine
Martin Luther famously said that justification by faith alone “the article by which the church stands or falls.” So certain of its importance to the Christian faith was Luther that it became the crucial dividing issue between the Roman Catholic and Protestant Churches.

Today, however, many evangelicals “know” that we are justified by faith alone but are not entirely sure what it means. And because of this uncertainty, we begin to ask—does it really make sense? And is it really that important?

In his (very) short book Justified by Faith Alone, R.C. Sproul answers that question with a resounding yes as he lays out the Roman Catholic and Protestant doctrines of justification.

One of Dr. Sproul’s greatest gifts as a teacher is his ability to clearly and charitably examine positions with which he disagrees. In doing so, he manages to clear up a great number of misconceptions that Protestants have regarding Romanism.

A key example is whether or not Roman Catholicism offers a works-based salvation. Sproul argues that it is, in fact, not accurate to make this claim. As he examines Roman Catholic teaching, he reveals that faith in Christ is essential to salvation… it’s just not all you need. The congregant’s works of penitence, his acts of contrition, are also required. In essence, the Roman Catholic position is that of faith in Christ plus works equal justification (Justification = Faith + Works).

The Protestant position, however, is that faith in Christ alone brings justification, and our works are our response to and the evidence of our right standing before God (Faith=Justification + Works).

Sproul is also quick to address the common complaint against the Protestant position, which is that it is Antinomianism. In this error, we are saved by faith in Christ alone (justification), and there need be no evidence of saving faith (Faith=Justification – Works). However, the Scriptures are clear that one who says that he has faith, but there is no evidence of it in his life is a liar (cf. James 2:14-26).

Moving from the content to the audio production, this is one place where I find that the book falls a bit flat. Sean Runnette is a wonderfully clear narrator and I’ve enjoyed his work on other productions, but in this instance, I found his reading to be a bit bland. His reading seemed to lack the passion that tends to come out in Sproul’s text (as well as in his speaking). This is only a minor criticism, but it was bothersome enough that I felt it warranted mentioning.

Justified By Faith Alone is an important book, one that I believe readers of all ages and stages would benefit greatly from. Read (or listen to) the book, and gain a greater understanding and appreciation for this crucial doctrine—and praise God that it is by faith in Christ alone that we are saved.

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A review copy of this audio book was provided through ChristianAudio's reviewer program.
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Review by / (Posted on 2/23/2011)
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