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Thomas Goodwin on Double Justification, James and Paul, and a Working Faith

The following is an excerpt from Thomas Goodwin’s Of Gospel Holiness In the Heart and Life. It is found in vol. 7 of his Works, available here. This excerpt begins towards the beginning of the first chapter of the second book and continues through the end of the third chapter of that book. It can […]

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Luther and the ‘Epistle of Straw’

Luther famously referred to the book of James as an “epistle of straw,” purportedly because of its lackluster portrayal of the gospel and the ease with which it might be used to foster doctrines of works-righteousness. Here’s the full context of Luther’s evaluation from his preface to the New Testament: In a word St. John’s […]