HOW CALVINISTS ADD WORKS OF THE LAW TO THE GOSPEL
Some people have said, “Without the imputed righteousness of Christ, there is no salvation.” And “If you don’t trust in the imputed righteousness of Christ, you aren’t saved.”
What? Without the LAW there is no salvation? Without trusting in works of the law you are not saved?
The doctrine of the imputed righteousness of Christ says that Christ vicariously obeyed your moral obligations for you – obeyed the law perfectly for you on your behalf – and that His works-righteousness or obedience-to-the-law is then transferred to your account, God looks at your account full of perfect obedience to the law, and then declares you to be “righteous” or “justified” because of what is in your account.
In other words, the doctrine of the imputed righteousness of Christ teaches – justification by works of the law.
To say “Without the imputed righteousness of Christ, there is no salvation,” Calvinists are saying:
– The Grace and mercy of God is not enough for man’s salvation.
– The Atonement of Christ is not enough for man’s salvation.
– Repentance and faith is not enough for man’s salvation.
And Calvinist’s are ADDING works-of-the-law to the Gospel in order to have justification by works of the law – justification by the imputed works of the law of Christ.
If you repent of your sins and put your faith in Christ, and are forgiven by the grace and mercy of God through the atonement of Christ, that is enough for your salvation. You do not need perfect works of the law imputed to your account.
God does not impute works of the law as righteousness. God imputes faith as righteousness. See Romans 4 – God imputes faith as righteousness, not works of the law.
The grace and mercy of God, through the atonement of Christ, granted to those who repent and believe, is sufficient for full and total pardon and acceptance with God.
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