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HIGHLIGHTS & FULL DEBATE: JUSTIFICATION BEFORE GOD - DR JAMES WHITE VS. DR ROBERT FASTIGGI (#1 OF 4)

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Published on May 10, 2012

How is sinful man made right before a holy God? Highlights of previous shows with Dr James White & Dr Robert Fastiggi lead to a full debate presentation on the question at hand. Larry Wessels, director of Christian Answers of Austin, Texas/ Christian Debater (YouTube channel: CANSWERSTV; see our playlist "Dealing with Roman Catholicism, Idolatry & the Virgin Mary" with over 116 videos at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=... websites: http://www.BIBLEQUERY.ORG, http://www.HISTORYCART.COM & http://www.MUSLIMHOPE.COM) presents a debate between Dr James White, director of Alpha & Omega Ministries (website: http://www.AOMIN.ORG) & the author of over 25 books (including books on Roman Catholicism such as "Answers to Catholic Claims" & "The Fatal Flaw - Do the Teachings of Roman Catholicism Deny the Gospel?") - James has participated in over one hundred formal debates & he has an extensive theological educational background including B.A. Bible (Major in Biology, minor in Greek), Grand Canyon College, 1985, M.A. Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1989, Th.M. Apologetics, Faraston Seminary, 1995' Th.D., Apologetics, Columbia Evangelical Seminary, 1998, D.Min, Apologetics, Columbia Evangelical Seminary, 2002, Critical Consultant, New American Standard Bible Update (1995) - and Dr Robert Fastiggi. Dr. Robert Fastiggi, Professor of Systematic Theology, has been at Sacred Heart Major Seminary since 1999. Prior to coming to Detroit, he taught at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas from 1985-1999. Dr. Fastiggi received an A.B. in Religion (summa cum laude) from Dartmouth College in 1974; a M.A. in Theology from Fordham University in 1976; and a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Fordham in 1987. He is a board member of the Mariological Society of America and the Society for Catholic Liturgy. He has published and edited several books, including the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Supplements to the New Catholic Encyclopedia (Gale Cenage Learning and Catholic University of America Press), for which he served as executive editor.

This debate between these two gentlemen, which took place in our Austin, Texas TV studio, is actually the first of four debates that they engaged in. The other three debates are on YouTube with the titles "Is the Roman Catholic Doctrine of the Virgin Mary Biblical?", "Do Roman Catholic Indulgences Really Forgive Sins?", & "Is the Roman Pope Without Error? Papal Infallibility Debate" & can also be found on our playlist. Unfortunately, Mark Gunning, the moderator, had the last known video version of this first debate but had misplaced it leaving us with only the audio version which is presented here.

Highlights of previous shows with James White that are shown before the debate: "EVIDENCE THAT JESUS IS GOD & THE JEHOVAH'S WITNESS NEW WORLD TRANSLATION BIBLE IS WRONG," "New Age Bible Versions & the King James Only Controversy - A Refutation," & " WITHOUT "SOLA SCRIPTURA" (THE BIBLE ALONE), WHO IS TELLING THE TRUTH?" Highlights with Dr Fastiggi include "DOES ROMAN CATHOLICISM PREACH A DIFFERENT GOSPEL? DEBATE #1 & #2: LARRY WESSELS VS. ROBERT FASTIGGI" & "DEBATE: CHRISTIANS VS PAPISTS - CAN IGNORANCE & BELIEVING IN ANY OR NO GOD STILL GET YOU TO HEAVEN?

The Bible says justification is the legal declaration of righteousness by God upon the sinner where the sinner is counted righteous by faith (Rom. 4:1-11; 5:1). It is apart from the works of the Law (Rom. 3:28). It is a gift (Rom. 3:24).

Roman Catholicism says justification, which is legal righteousness, is not by faith alone. Instead, it is by faith and works. ◦"Justification has been merited for us by the Passion of Christ. It is granted us through Baptism," (CCC, par. 2020).
◦"If any one saith, that by faith alone the impious is justified; in such wise as to mean, that nothing else is required to co-operate in order to the obtaining the grace of Justification, and that it is not in any way necessary, that he be prepared and disposed by the movement of his own will; let him be anathema" (Council of Trent, Canons on Justification, Canon 9).
◦"If any one saith, that man is truly absolved from his sins and justified, because he assuredly believed himself absolved and justified; or, that no one is truly justified but he who believes himself justified; and that, by this faith alone, absolution and justification are effected; let him be anathema." (Canon 14).

Galatians 1:6-9

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