A Critical Analysis of the Interpretation of the Doctrine of «Justification by Faith Alone» by the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, Gongola Diocese
6 The LCCN Gongola Diocese’s Interpretation of the Doctrine of Justification by Faith Alone: Field Work
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The LCCN Gongola Diocese’s Interpretation of the Doctrine of Justification by Faith Alone
True theology is the attempt on the part of the church to explain and interpret the meaning of the gospel for its own life and to answer questions raised by the Christian faith, using the thought, values and categories of the truth which are authentic to that place and time (Gilliland 1989: 10–11).
Chapter four discussed how the doctrine of justification by faith alone was transmitted from Luther to the LCCN through the agency of the missionaries. First, the discussion revealed that the view of justification by faith alone that was transmitted by the missionaries has undergone many processes of modification. Second, the way the missionaries presented this doctrine did not facilitate its understanding and appropriation by the LCCN members. Third, the indigenous leadership of the LCCN did not make deliberate effort towards educating members about this doctrine. Chapter five presented the research design and the procedure for collection and analyzing the data that will be generated from the field work. That chapter formed the bridge between the previous chapters and those which now follow. The present chapter attempts to investigate further the underlying reason[s] for ← 105 | 106 → the situation described in chapter four which has an effect on how the doctrine is appropriated by current church members.
While the previous chapters were historical and theological...
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