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We've lost the sense in the popular imagination that humanity's greatest need is to be justified before a holy God.

God justifies the wicked, Paul says. Problem is, nobody thinks he or she is wicked anymore. Madonna thinks traditional folks are wicked; the Moral Majority thinks Madonna is wicked, but do we think of ourselves as wicked anymore?

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1 [ Back ] George Barna, What Americans Believe (Ventura: Regal, 1991), p. 80.
2 [ Back ] Alister McGrath, Iustitia Dei, vol. 2 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), p. 140.
3 [ Back ] J. C. Ryle, Old Paths (Cambridge: James Clarke, 1977), p. 217.
4 [ Back ] Johann Baptist Metz, The Emergent Church, trans. by Peter Mann (New York: Crossroads, 1986), pp. 49-50.

Michael Horton is the J. Gresham Machen professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California (Escondido, California), host of the White Horse Inn, national radio broadcast, and editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. He is author of many books, including The Gospel-Driven Life, Christless Christianity, People and Place, Putting Amazing Back Into Grace, The Christian Faith, and For Calvinism.

Issue: "God Justifies the Wicked" Nov./Dec. 1992 Vol. 1 No. 6 Page number(s): 1-3

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