Reformation Redux: Faith vs. Works

This is Episode 76 of The Jesus Society Podcast, today I want to revisit a subject most Christians have fussed about since the Reformation. And that is the idea of faith and works. This is not an unimportant topic, but I believe it has been polarized by the issues of the Reformation, and that polarization has caused us to lose sight of some things and to see both of these things with the clarity that Scripture demands. Those things are what I hope to try and sort out today.

Join me today as we discuss:

1. The briefest history of the Protestant Reformation.

2. The Protestant evolution and how these issues have played out over the last 500 years.

3. Understanding the “faith only” camp.

4. Understanding the “other” camp.

5. Two definitions of “faith.”

6. The biblical perspective on faith.

7. The biblical perspective of works.

8. The book of James to the rescue.

9. How the Enlightenment has caused us to obsess about the wrong things in this issue.

10. Faith and works – two sides of the same coin?

11. Some wise words from N. T. Wright.


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Music and audio production by Nathan Longwell Music 


Resources for Today’s Show:

1. Matthew W. Bates, Salvation by Allegiance Alone: Rethinking Faith, Works, and the Gospel of Jesus the King (Baker Academic, 2017).

2. Matthew W. Bates, Gospel Allegiance: What Faith in Jesus Misses for Salvation in Christ (Brazos Press, 2019).

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