A Jagged Contention: The Church’s Central Teaching

“[V]arious unfortunate opinions…are offered as life and death solutions for a church in dire need, but which do more to increase her need because they simply increase confusion. An evangelical church that views the teaching of the righteousness of faith as self-evident—but about which no one should trouble himself further because other issues are more important—has in principle robbed itself of the central solution by which all other questions are illuminated. Such a church will become increasingly splintered and worn down.”

– Hans Iwand, The Righteousness of Faith According to Luther, pg. 16


What other issues come up in the church today that attempt to trump the importance and centrality of justification through faith alone? Why do such issues so easily capture our attention? How does justification illuminate all other teachings?

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