Luther, Faith (Alone), and Paul in Rome


Odd… Luther seeing something which wasn’t there… Ummm….

λογιζόμεθα γὰρ δικαιοῦσθαι πίστει ἄνθρωπον χωρὶς ἔργων νόμου. (Rom 3:28 BGT)

The we view Romans is perhaps one of the most strident, and divisive, doctrinal stances which we have. Can we find a middle ground? Is there such a thing?

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2 Replies to “Luther, Faith (Alone), and Paul in Rome”

  1. Joel,
    As we’ve discussed before, I think the middle ground is found in James (in addition, to the document Brant cites). James calls his readers (or listeners) “brothers” (or siblings if we want to be gender inclusive) and then he still has to explain to them the relationship between faith and works. The same goes for Paul who is explaining the relationship between faith and works to the Church. The middle ground for me is that a proper understanding of these matters isn’t necessary for being “siblings” in the family of God, “the church.” If we can first recognize one another as Christian, I think that goes a long way to guide our discussions.

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