Ray Ortlund, pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, regularly writes blog-posts for the Gospel Coalition. At the recent 2011 national conference, he gave a powerful message on the difference between justification and self-justification. It also addresses how gospel doctrine should produce gospel culture in the life of the church and the life of the believer. Our confessional belief (justification by faith) should be functional in our lives despite our propensity toward lifestyles of self-justification.
Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite:
“The Puritan William Fenner taught us to see justification by faith alone as a constant resource: ‘As we sin daily, so [Christ] justifies daily, and we must daily go to him for it. Justification is an ever-running fountain, and therefore we cannot look to have all the water at once.’”
You can read the rest of Ortlund’s message here.