Luther rightly regarded justification by faith alone as the article of the standing or falling church.
Thus, the devil hates this doctrine and attacks it every chance he gets.
Of late, the attacks on justification by faith alone having been coming from both inside and outside the Presbyterian and Reformed churches.
Spurgeon here defends the classic biblical (Puritan) teaching in such a way that you might think that he was refuting some of the modern attacks on this teaching by false teachers like Norman Shepherd, the Auburn Avenue speakers (Doug Wilson, Steve Schlissel, John Barach, Steve Wilkins) or other teachers of heresy like N.T. Wright and the New Perspective on Paul movement.
Rome also hates this doctrine and anathemizes (curses, damns) Protestants on this point in "the whore of Babylon's" Council of Trent, which is still binding on Romanists today, even after Vatican II and after the apostate "Evangelicals and Catholic Together" documents and movement.
For these reasons and many more this is an important sermon to hear and to pass on to your friends.
See also the 11th chapter of the Westminster Confession of Faith.
Also listen to the MP3 "How To Be Right With God (Justification by Faith Alone)" by Greg Price at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=92805144851
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Lordship Regeneration There are those persons who say that can't believe in Lordship Salvation. So, let us call it Lordship Regeneration. What do I mean? In the new birth,the mind is enlightened, the will is renewed Ephesians 2:1, the enmity of the heart (Romans 8:7)is slain and the affections are changed from hate to love towards God. So if you have a "saint" who claims that he has been born again but won't bow to Jesus, still hates Him, and his mind is still in darkness, his profession is a lie and the moment he got to heaven, it will feel like hell to him anyway, because his heart would still prefer the company of devils. Spurgeon would never have taught that someone who has been justified by faith still has had nothing done to his depraved heart. God deals with both the bad RECORD and the bad HEART. But with this modern generation of professing Christians, they have mixed up justification and regeneration so if you tell them that they must bear fruit - which is an effect of the new birth, they cry LEGALISM. As if regeneration was a forensic term.
Linda Ballard (2/8/2013)
from Midvale, Utah
Great Sermon! I loved this sermon! I already knew what he preached, but I have been listening to a lot of preachers that are making our Lord's gospel difficult! It bothers me, so I needed to hear the Gospel the way Christ taught it! Please stop the Lordship Salvation preaching. We are all horribly equal sinners before our Lord!
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92) was England's best-known preacher for most of the second half of the nineteenth century. In 1854, just four years after his conversion, Spurgeon, then only 20, became pastor of London's famed New Park Street Church (formerly pastored by the...