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Friday, October 9, 2015

Basic Refutations of Justification without Faith - UOJ


Here are some refutations in a short list.

UOJ -

  • Rejects the Biblical doctrine of the Holy Spirit always working with the Word, since adherents claim, without a Word of Scripture, that God has forgiven the entire world - without faith.
  • Rejects the efficacy of the Word - Isaiah 55, Mark 4, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, etc), which is how God always works His will.
  • Implies the Bible contradicts itself by teaching justification by faith and UOJ in Romans 3, Romans 4, and Romans 5.
  • Omits the Means of Grace chapter in Romans 10, which explains how the hearing the preached Word causes faith so that people believe and confess the truth of the Gospel.
  • Deceives people by quoting Romans 4:25, as if the resurrection of Jesus by itself absolved everyone in the world, atheists, polytheists, Hottentotts, and Hindus - without the Gospel, without faith: omitting Romans 4:24, if we believe in Him who raised Jesus from the dead.
  • Hungers for the New NIV , where an invented "all" creates their dogma in Romans 3, as if all have sinned (true) and all are justified (false), as if Romans 3 is schizophrenic in teaching both justification by faith and justification without faith.
  • Forgets that Romans 4 is a justification by faith chapter, with Abraham as an example, climaxing in Romans 5:1-2 summarizing Romans 4 - Therefore since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God, access to grace through faith.
  • Attacks the Invisible Word (teaching, preaching) and the Visible Word (the sacraments) by claiming falsely that the entire world receives grace without the Means of Grace.
  • Finds people announcing UOJ - "behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world" in John's Gospel, whose theme is teaching faith that people may be saved. John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
  • Twists every Atonement passage by inventing a universal forgiveness and salvation, far beyond the plain meaning of the Word. Examples are in Romans 5 and 2 Corinthians 5.
  • Assumes a Roman Catholic view of doctrine, as if an elite class of clergy can infallibly declare what no one else can find in the Bible or church history - except among the false teachers.
  • Glorifies Walther, a poorly educated Pietist, for what he learned and repeated from another poorly educated Pietist, the syphilitic bishop Martin Stephan.
  • Ignores the teaching of Martin Luther, Chytraeus, Melanchthon, Chemnitz, Andrae, the post-Concordists, and Gerhard. 
  • Embraces the false doctrine of Pietists like Rambach and Quistorp, Knapp and his Pietistic translator Leonard Woods Junior, not to mention modernists like Schleiermacher and Barth.
  • Condescends to laity and talks down to them, as if the truth of God's Word is only available to certain clergy who agree with selected synod leaders.
  • Forgets that WELS taught justification by faith in the original Gausewitz catechism (now flushed down the memory hole), Missouri still teaches justification by faith in the CPH KJV catechism, and he Book of Concord only teaches justification by faith.