The doctrine of justification by faith is one of the cornerstones of the Christian faith. Since this doctrine is so essential to Christianity it is imperative that we properly understand it within a biblical context. As we study the Scriptures we find that this doctrine is one of the true benefits of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ and it is given to the believer by the grace of God, not by his works. It was this very doctrine that began the Reformation, when on October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the North door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. While it was not his intention to cause such an uproar he had definitely hit a nerve within the realm of Christendom.
What Luther and the other Reformers taught was that our justification is based upon faith and nothing else. This was just the opposite of what the Catholic Church taught. They held to the falsehood that salvation was and is based upon faith plus works. During this time period, they also taught that an individual could pay indulgences to the church for forgiveness of their sins and that you could also pay to have loved ones removed from purgatory. It was Luther’s opposition to these false teachings, based upon his study of the book of Romans, which lead to the Reformation.Read More