Sola Fide: A Primer on Paul’s Doctrine of Justification in Romans by William C. Roach
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Since the time of the Reformation, Protestants have sounded the motto: Justification is by faith alone. Counter-Reformers responded to Protestant theologians claiming sola fide is a legal fiction and foreign to the text of Scripture. Advocates of the New Perspective on Paul have responded to the Protestant doctrine of justification, offering a “fresh” or “new” perspective on Paul’s theology, one grounded in the pattern of religion prevalent in Second Temple Judaism. Among their many conclusions is the belief that Augustine and his followers, including the Reformers and present-day evangelicalism, have misunderstood Paul and his letters.
The influence of both Roman Catholic and NPP theologians has sounded an alarm for many Protestant theologians and pastors, such as William Roach, an ordained minister and theologian. If Protestant theologians forego the classic doctrine of justification and Roman Catholic or NPP views find a home in the church or seminaries, not only could the doctrine of justification be distorted in this age, but any grasp and assurance of Paul’s theology would be lost too. So, Roach is sounding a warning in this primer, which has been written to equip the local church to defend the classic and biblical view of justification.
Somewhere Under the Rainbow: A Christian Look at Same-Sex “Marriage”
by Norman L. Geisler and Doug Van Gordon 2017
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This book looks at the events and forces that over the course of decades have undermined the traditional view of marriage to such an extent, as to allow the idea of same–sex “marriage” to become the law of the land. It examines the biblical view of marriage since that view has been the assumption of most of western civilization for the last 2,000 years. It also considers the early Church Father’s view on marriage as well as ancient Greece and Rome. It then examines the arguments used by same–sex marriage advocates to see if in fact Christians need to rethink the issue of homosexuality and marriage and adopt a more “inclusive” interpretation of Scripture. Finally, it looks at how the church can help those struggling with homosexuals who desire to lead godly lives in accordance with His Word. The authors are conservative evangelicals who believe in the inerrancy of Scripture that it is sufficient for faith and practice. They believe that the issue of same–sex “marriage” goes to the heart of who we are as human beings and challenges the biblical teaching that the church has held for over 2,000 years. The goal is not to win arguments but to win souls, to give clarity to those confused by the claims of same–sex “marriage” advocates, and to help the church reach out anew to those dealing with homosexuality in their lives.
Part One – How Did We Get Here? And What Have We Have Lost Along the Way? Chapter 1 The 1950s 11 Chapter 2 The 1960s 22 Chapter 3 The 1970s 33 Chapter 4 The 1980s 44 Chapter 5 Searching for Scientific Justification 55
Part Two – What does the Bible Say? Chapter 6 God’s First Revelation 66 Chapter 7 God’s Final Revelation 77 Chapter 8 Answering Objections 88
Part Three – Help, Hope, and Healing Chapter 9 Help, through Christ’s People 99 Chapter 10 Hope, In Christ for those who Believe Him 110 Chapter 11 Healing, Through God’s Spirit 111 Epilogue 112