Every form of government looks to an entity for the ultimate standard of law and order, which is then established as the supreme law of the land. Democracy? Vox populi vox dei. The voice of the people is the voice of god. The masses are god. Man is god. Democracy = theocracy. Republic? Elected representatives are the source of law. Elected by whom? The people. Essentially democracy. Monarchy? Divine right of kings. The king is the source of law. Man is god. Monarchy = theocracy. You're already living in a theocracy. Man is the god of it. Humanism is the established religion. Who will we seek to obey, and whose law should a society be based upon? Jesus Christ, the ruler of the kings on earth (Rev. 1:5), or man?
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The doctrine of sola fide or "by faith alone" asserts God's pardon for guilty sinners is granted to and received through faith alone, excluding all "works". All mankind, it is asserted, is fallen and sinful, under the curse of God, and incapable of saving itself from God's wrath and curse. But God, on the basis of the life, death, and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ alone (solus Christus), grants sinners judicial pardon, or justification, which is received solely through faith. Faith is seen as passive, merely receiving Christ and all his benefits, among which benefits are the active and passive righteousness of Jesus Christ. Christ's righteousness, according to the followers of "sola fide," is imputed (or attributed) by God to the believing sinner (as opposed to infused or imparted), so that the divine verdict and pardon of the believing sinner is based not upon anything in the sinner, nor even faith itself, but upon Jesus Christ and his righteousness alone, which are received through faith alone. Justification is by faith alone and is distinguished from the other graces of salvation.
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Sola fide (Latin: by faith alone), also historically known as the doctrine of justification by faith alone, is a Christian theological doctrine that distinguishes most Protestant denominations from Catholicism, Orthodox Christianity, and some in the Restoration Movement.
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