Future Justification

I noticed that Reformation 21 is doing a series refuting the concept of a “future justification according to works.”  This moves considerably beyond folks like Gaffin and Venema, who allow for a future justification “according to works,” but not one “based on works.”

I did some historical research on this question among Reformed theologians of the past, and I thought it might be useful to reprint that list.  Each of these men taught a future justification, though there is some diversity in their articulations of the concept.  Even with the qualifications, and some are quite different than others, Ref21’s articles on this are less than clear (I would even go so far as to say they are actually inaccurate), particularly regarding the positions of folks who would admit to holding a “future justification according to works.”

Here is the list:

Calvin

Bucer

Diodati

Turretin

Pictet

Witsius

Preston

Sibbes

Goodwin

Ussher

Gataker-Gouge-Downame

Polhill

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About Steven Wedgeworth

Steven Wedgeworth is the pastor of Christ Church in Lakeland, FL. He is also a founder and general editor of The Calvinist International. A graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson, MS), a full-time minister, and occasional classical school teacher, Steven lives in Lakeland, FL with his wife, son, and daughter.

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