The Reformation and Justification

I am preaching a series of messages occasioned by the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, concerning some of the major issues that made the Reformation necessary.  Second to none on that list is the issue of justification.  As this sermon makes abundantly clear, by quoting extensively from the Sixth Session of the Council of Trent, Rome teaches justification by infusion of righteousness, and the maintenance of righteousness, along with help from the saints and the church.  The biblical doctrine, as most clearly described in Romans chapters 3-5, is that God declares us righteousness based upon our sins being forgiven through Christ’s death, and the righteousness of His Son imputed to us.  Never shall these two views meet, and those who hold to free justification by grace through faith must never again seek to unite with Rome, so long as she holds to her heresies against the gospel.