|Volume Two — Article 2|
Are you Catholic or Protestant?
Before reading the following studies on justification by faith in this issue of Present Truth Magazine, we invite you to answer 10 questions. They are simple questions about justification by faith. In surveys to date, this questionnaire has demonstrated the startling fact that a very large proportion of Protestants are more Catholic than Protestant in their concept of justification.
Please record your answers to the 10 questions. In each of the following 10 choices, mark either (a) or (b), whichever is correct.
1 (a) God gives a man right standing with Himself by mercifully accounting him innocent and virtuous.
(b) God gives a man right standing with Himself by actually making him into an innocent and virtuous person.
2 (a) God gives a man right standing with Himself by placing Christ’s goodness and virtue to his credit.
(b) God gives a man right standing with Himself by putting Christ’s goodness and virtue into his heart.
3 (a) God accepts the believer because of the moral excellence found in Jesus Christ.
(b) God makes the believer acceptable by infusing Christ’s moral excellence into his life.
4 (a) If a Christian becomes “born again” (regenerate, transformed in character), he will achieve right standing with God.
(b) If the sinner accepts right standing with God by faith in Christ’s sinless life and atoning death, he will then experience transformation in character.
5 (a) We receive right standing with God by faith alone in the blood of Christ.
(b) We receive right standing with God by faith which has become active by love.
6 (a) We achieve right standing with God by having Christ live out His life of obedience in us.
(b) We achieve right standing with God by believing that Christ obeyed the law perfectly for us.
7 (a) We achieve right standing with God by following Christ’s example with the help of the Holy Spirit and His enabling grace.
(b) We follow Christ’s example because faith in His sinless atoning life has already given us right standing with God.
8 (a) God first pronounces that we are good in His sight, then gives us His Spirit to begin to make us good.
(b) God sends His Spirit to make us good, and then He will pronounce that we are good.
9 (a) Christ’s intercession at God’s right hand gives us favor in the sight of God.
(b) It is the indwelling Christ that gives us favor in God’s sight.
10 (a) Only by faith in the doing and dying of Christ can we fully satisfy the claims of the Ten Commandments.
(b) By the power of the Holy Spirit living in us, we
can fully satisfy the claims of the Ten Commandments.
After you've finished reading this article, check your answers again.
The answer key is at the end
of the article.