Paul's Passing Thoughts


Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on October 19, 2022

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  1. stuart said, on October 26, 2022 at 9:56 PM

    My take on this.
    Love is the standard of justification which is the result of perfect law-keeping, made possible only by the atoning blood of Jesus. Upon love, hangs the Law & the Prophets (Matt 22:40). Can’t have the former without the latter as the latter is foundational in learning how to love God and each other.


    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on October 27, 2022 at 8:12 AM

      I would have to respectfully disagree. Perfect law-keeping has absolutely nothing to do with justification. Christ was a manifestation of righteousness APART from the law. I get it; the idea that perfect law-keeping is the standard of justification has been drilled into our heads for over 500 years. In addition, perfect law-keeping has nothing to do with love at all, while love does fulfill the law totally. Furthermore, truly saved people love the law and do obey it, but when they fall short, there is no law that condemns them, it is rather a failure to love. To ask, “Well then, how much love does it take to fulfill the law?” misses the point entirely and is under-law thinking. I believe we are talking about a focus on a direction of love, not a perfection of love because we are still weak. And, by the way, weakness is not sin. The angels are weaker than God, but they are still holy. Christ was weaker when he came as a man, but yet holy. We are weak, yet holy. We must remember that Protestantism, as an under-law religion, teaches, without equivocation, that sin committed as Christians is condemning sin requiring re-justification/re-salvation. With Protestantism, grace is a covering for remaining under law. NO, you are either under one or the other, and one is lost, and the other saved. With that said, we must also remember that Christ’s blood was not a covering for sin (“atonement”), but an ending of sin.


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