A Jagged Contention: Justification


“We cannot be content merely to report about God or the text, we must do it, do what the text authorizes us to do in the present, exercise the office. That is the word of life. This is what it means to say that the doctrine of justification is the article by which the church stands or falls. It isn’t the doctrine as such that matters, it is this way of speaking, this exercise of the office. When we forget or forbid or put the damper on this way of speaking the church has lost its reason for being”

– Gerhard O. Forde, “Justification by Faith – A Matter of Life and Death” (97)


Forde argues that confessing the doctrine of Justification by Faith as the article by which the church stands or falls is to confess that death and life come through the proclamation of the Word. Do you find it to be common or uncommon that the doctrine of Justification is tied to the act of proclamation in today’s church?

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