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Nineteen Erroneous Statements by Norman Shepherd

Mr. Shepherd criticizes the evangelical mind for conceiving of the faith that justifies as being alone (p. 2). This criticism is misleading, and becomes the straw-man basis for repeated criticisms that confuse the issue of justification by faith alone. The statement is misleading first of all because Mr. Shepherd includes reformed theologians and their statements on justification in this "evangelical mind" (cf. p. 7, last paragraph). It is misleading secondly because Mr. Shepherd's hyphenated "faith-alone" may float ambiguously between two meanings. It may mean (1) a faith that is alone, or (2) faith as the only way to justification.

Reformed as well as the majority of evangelical theologians have uniformly rejected the idea that a faith that is alone may justify. But they also have insisted that because justification is by imputed righteousness exclusively, faith alone is the way by which this righteousness may be appropriated.