Re: Charles Finney: hero or heretic?
Thank you to everyone who answered the four questions. I noticed on question 2 and 3 everyone put faith as the grounds or basis of our justification and also the condition. I think queston two needs to be a twofold answer. God justifies us on the basis of 1. the finished work of Christ and 2. our faith in Him and His finished work.
Originally Posted by Noeb
Without the finished work of Christ, Faith would be powerless to save us. I know it seems like stating the obvious but for some people this distinction is the difference between trusting in a creed (or an intellectual assent to a form of the truth) and trusting in the person of Jesus Christ and what He accomplished for us. The Gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation, for all who believe, so our faith is not the power, it is what connects us to the power.
Also, if we merely say that the finished work of Christ, ( and nothing else), is the grounds of justification, then we would have to say that either Jesus didnt die for all, ( Calvinism), or that all would be saved, ( Universalism), neither of which I accept. Therefore, I say that the grounds of our justification is our faith in Christ and His finished work. For Christ said, "it is finished. "
1 John 1:7- But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
2 Corinthians 7:1- Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.