Here’s an excerpt from Justified Now and Forever, Burk Parsons contribution to the October issue of Tabletalk
Unfortunately, many professing Christians have a simplistic or even wholly inaccurate understanding of justification, thanks in part to men throughout the ages who have complicated and obscured the doctrine. They have done so by blurring the lines between justification and sanctification, stripping Christians of assurance of their salvation by insisting that we cannot be certain of our justification until after the final judgment.
Some readers of Tabletalk might ask, Didn’t the Reformation settle this matter? The answer is yes—as did the Apostle Paul, Jesus Christ, the entirety of the New Testament, and the entirety of the Old Testament, most pointedly in Genesis 15:6: “And [Abraham] believed the LORD, and [the LORD] counted it to him as righteousness.” Nevertheless, as men continue to meddle with the doctrine of justification, we will continue to stand firm on this doctrine by which the church stands or falls, reminding God’s people of this most precious doctrine so that we may rest assured in the promise of God that whoever believes in Christ will not perish but have everlasting life.