On the Journey with Matt and Ken
Episode 17: A Damning System of Works Righteousness, Part I
What is the doctrine of “faith alone,” and how did Martin Luther come to articulate it? What was he experiencing in his own life as a Catholic monk that led him to feel like he’d found the key to everything when he formulated his doctrine of justification?
During their decades as Protestant Christians, Matt Swaim and Ken Hensley both came at the “faith alone” question from different angles. Ken in particular, as a former Baptist pastor, bought fully into Luther’s take on justification, assuming it was the normative Christian perspective. In this episode, Matt and Ken take a look at the underpinnings and implications of justification by “faith alone,” and why it has been such a divisive issue between Catholics and Reformed Christians over the centuries.