A Four Point Summary of Reformation Justification Part 2


The following is a four point summary of the absolute importance and complete opposite differences between Roman Catholicism and the Reformation. Points 1 & 2 were discussed yesterday (Tues 27th July 2021). Today we will deal with Point 3. Tomorrow, Thurs 29th July 2021, we will discuss Point 4

Roman Catholicism

The Reformation

1. Justified by God’s work of grace in man

1. Justified by God’s work of grace in Christ

2. Justified by faith which has become active by works of charity

2. Justified by faith alone

3. Justified by infused righteousness

3. Justified by imputed (outside of yourself) righteousness

4. Justification means making a man righteous in his own person

4. Justification means that a man is accounted righteous.


In Romans chapter 4 and Galatians 3:6, Paul uses the words “accounted”, “counted”, “reckoned” and “imputed” which all mean the same but with variations. The Reformers merely re-emphasized the clear teaching of them.

…. Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. (Rom4:3)   But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. (Rom 4:5)   Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works  (Rom 4:6)   Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. (Rom 4:8-9)   And being fully persuaded, … therefore it was imputed to him (Abraham) for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; (Rom 4:21-24)    Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. (Gal 3:6)


The word “impute” means that we get our right-standing (righteousness) with God from an outside source.

For CATHOLICS: It is poured into us – this is impartation  

The Catholic definition of justification is the infusion of grace. They wrongly use the Latin meaning of the word “justify”, to MAKE righteous, and they support this by deceptively using the King James Bible which says we are “…made free …” (Rom 6:18, 22; 8:2; 1Cor 7:21; 9:19; 12:13; Gal 5:1). However, the King James uses this phrase not for getting saved but for assuring the believer he is saved and eternally secure.

For CHRISTIANS: It is credited or accounted to us while being kept and stored in Jesus Christ himself – this is imputation. Previously mentioned, it’s like a child of a very rich father who says “My father is very rich therefore I am rich.” Similarly, if the father buys a new car, the children can say “We have a new car.”

The Christian definition of justification is to declare a man free from the penalty of sin on the ground of Christ’s righteousness and what he has done and HIS right-standing with God the Father.

When Christ came to earth, he passed all the tests that God the Father gave him in the Laws of the Old Testament – that is, Christ not only completed the outward actions required but fulfilled them, but with a love of the laws. Christ fulfilled the Law. Christ passed all tests with the 100% highest distinctions possible.

However, the Roman Catholic Council of Trent pronounces a curse on anyone who would teach that justification comes “through the imputation of Christ’s righteousness alone.” Catholics do not know what love is – that a man would lay down his life not only for his friends, but for his enemies! (Rom 5:8)

As Christians, we do not have to look into our own hearts to see whether we have a certain amount of infused righteousness. We are free like a prisoner out of jail. When a civil judge declares a criminal free because someone else has paid the fine, this is not dependent on anything the criminal has done. His freedom comes from a source outside of himself. In extreme cases, should the civil law demand a life as the death penalty for a crime, someone else could volunteer to die in the place of the criminal. The law would be satisfied. His freedom would come from a source outside of himself.

In our case, God the judge, has demanded the death penalty for us, but God has taken off his judge robes and gone to the ‘death’ chamber instead of us. As the only one who could, God has satisfied his own laws. God’s happy, Christ’s happy, we’re happy! Everyone’s a winner! Freedom has come from outside of ourselves!


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Harley Hitchcock   Wed 28th July 2021

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