A Critical Analysis of the Interpretation of the Doctrine of «Justification by Faith Alone» by the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, Gongola Diocese
3 Missional Journey of Justification by Faith Alone from St. Paul to Martin Luther
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Missional Journey of Justification by Faith Alone from St. Paul to Martin Luther
In the previous chapter three tools that could be used to create an informed interpretation and understanding of justification by faith alone were discussed. The theories are: gospel and culture in dialogue, translatability and contextual theological education. In the course of the discussion I found that these tools are not only capable of doing that, but that they can also enhance appropriation of the doctrine in the lived experiences of LCCN followers.
This chapter seeks to examine the missional journey of the doctrine of justification by faith alone. In this examination I focus on three key church fathers: St. Paul, St. Augustine and Martin Luther. These personalities were chosen based on the following reasons. First, St. Paul has discussed the issue of justification by faith more extensively in the Bible than any other biblical person or author. Second, St. Augustine’s position on the doctrine of justification has played a significant role in the pre-Reformation Catholic Church and to some extent in the understanding of justification by Martin Luther. Third, Martin Luther is directly connected to the context of my study, the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria. The objective of the chapter is to explore the issue of justification1 and justification by faith alone through the lenses of gospel and culture. The chapter also aims to see ← 45 | 46 → how the doctrine of justification...
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