The Calvinist John Piper on Final Salvation by Works
My personal comment is this
Gal 1:1 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)
Gal 1:2 And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia:
Gal 1:3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
Gal 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
Gal 1:5 To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
No Other Gospel
Gal 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto ANOTHER gospel:
Gal 1:7 Which is NOT ANOTHER; but there be some that trouble you, and would PERVERT the gospel of Christ.
Gal 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach ANY OTHER gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, LET HIM BE ACCURSED (ANATHEMA ACCURSED OF GOD)
Gal 1:9 As we said before, SO I SAY AGAIN, If any man preach ANY OTHER gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be ACCURSED (ANATHEMA,ACCURSED OF GOD).
Gal 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
THE TRINITY REVIEW
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare [are] not fleshly but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. And they will be ready to punish all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. (2 Corinthians 10:3-6) Number 345 © 2017 The Trinity Foundation Post Office Box 68, Unicoi, Tennessee 37692 November, December 2017 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.trinityfoundation.org Telephone: 423.743.0199 Fax: 423.743.2005
John Piper on Final Justification by Works
By Timothy F. Kauffman and Tim Shaughnessy
In every generation there arise men from within the church who stumble into the Roman Catholic view of justification, and having stumbled, then attempt to import that Roman Catholic error into the Church of God so that the children of God might stumble with them. John Piper is just the latest in a long line of such men, and he will not be the last. Remarkably, on the eve of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Piper attempts to show that neither the Scriptures nor the Reformers held to final justification by faith alone apart from works. On September 25, 2017, Piper published “Does God Really Save Us by Faith Alone?”3 In the article, he maintains that initial justification is by faith alone, but introduces a concept that is completely foreign to the Bible: the concept of “final salvation” on the basis of our works and obedience. He writes, “In justification, faith receives a finished work of Christ performed outside of us and counted as ours — imputed to us…. In final salvation at the last judgment, faith is confirmed by the sanctifying fruit it has borne, and we are saved through that fruit and that faith.4
In Piper’s view of final salvation, he makes a distinction between justification and salvation in which we are justified by faith alone apart from works at the beginning, but we are saved by faith plus works at the end. He writes,
These works of faith, and this obedience of faith, these fruits of the Spirit that come by faith, are necessary for our final salvation. No holiness, no heaven (Hebrews 12:14). So, we should not speak of getting to heaven by faith alone in the same way we are justified by faith alone.
Essential to the Christian life and necessary for final salvation is the killing of sin (Romans 8:13) and the pursuit of holiness (Hebrews 12:14).5