Washed, Sanctified and Justified
in the Sacraments of the Catholic Church.
ERIC February 11, 2015 at 5:49 pm
James–We receive the final verdict of righteousness by faith accompanied by love but by faith apart from the works of love (in terms of our own efforts).
It is, thus, compatible with the “meritorious cause” of justification according to Trent, but not the “formal cause” of justification according to Trent:“…the alone formal cause is the justice of God, not that whereby He Himself is just, but that whereby He maketh us just, that, to wit, with which we being endowed by Him, are renewed in the spirit of our mind, and we are not only reputed, but are truly called, and are, just, receiving justice within us, each one according to his own measure, which the Holy Ghost distributes to every one as He wills, and according to each one’s proper disposition and cooperation.”
It’s that last line that we must object to…and which isn’t even compatible with the “meritorious cause.”
Many protest-ants love to believe that Christ did all the work for us that is necessary for our salvations. Thus they like to believe that justification is something that is automatically given to them simply because they believe.
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