From the outset, I must candidly confess that a thoroughgoing, point-by-point rebuttal of the positions argued for in the article above is beyond the scope of my brief response. The positions espoused were hundreds of years in the making, and to unravel everything assumed or explicitly stated would take a rather lengthy volume. And besides, there are already many good, exegetically-sound explanations of the Reformed views on justification and sanctification, an excellent example of the former being Obadiah Grew’s The Lord Our Righteousness; and of the latter, Walter Marshall’s The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification. If anyone is seriously wanting to understand the historic Protestant teaching on these important topics, I would point him to these works.
Instead, I only desire two things: first, to point out, in brief, how the article misrepresents the Protestant viewpoint, for the benefit of anyone wanting a more accurate description to consider. And second, to give a brief explanation of why this viewpoint is so vital and non-negotiable to us. Continue Reading