R.C. Sproul on justification according to western culture


So often when we hear of someone’s death, we are told that “he/she is in a better place” or something similar, regardless of whether that person ever believed the gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. In this regard, R.C. Sproul makes a very valid point here:

“The prevailing doctrine of justification today is not justification by faith alone. It’s not even justification by good works or by a combination of faith and works. The prevailing notion of justification in Western culture today is justification by death. It’s assumed that all one has to do to be received into the everlasting arms of God is to die.”

– R.C. Sproul, The Truth of the Cross, p. 10


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