Posted By: Pilgrim
The Cross the Test of Character - Gardiner Spring - Sun May 08, 2005 4:57 PM
The eternal state of men is decided by their character. The Scriptures teach us, that in the day of judgment, God ‘will render to every man according to his deeds: to them who by patient continuance in well-doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life’, while to ‘them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness’, he will render ‘indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish’.
We of necessity are often forced to defend the truth of the doctrine of Sola Fide with our emphasis being upon the fact that salvation is by faith "alone"; i.e., without works. This has often been misunderstood, e.g., by the RCC and even many evangelical Protestant churches to mean that a person can lead a life of licentiousness and still be guaranteed salvation. However, the doctrine teaches no such thing. Rather, the faith that brings justification is one also from which good works flow, thus evidencing its verity. Gardiner Spring thus focuses upon this aspect of the doctrine and discusses the character of that life which has come to faith in Christ and how it is expressed in contrast to one that is of an empty faith.
Read this article here: The Cross the test of Character
For later reading, you can find this article in "Calvinism and the Reformed Faith" and in "Praxis" under the heading of "Sanctification"
In His service and grace,