Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness. Romans 4:4-5a
It’s been said that there are really only two kinds of religions: ones based on earned favor (works) and the one based on unearned favor (grace).
All religions, including many Christian traditions, fall into the former while only biblical Christianity is based on the latter.
In other words, one either puts their trust in their own works or Christ’s work, in self-righteousness or Christ-righteousness. Mixing the two still keeps one in the first category of works-righteousness.
This distinction was made clear recently when two of the sharpest minds—one a Jew (radio host Dennis Prager) and the other a Christian (pastor Alistair Begg)—engaged in a public forum on theological matters.
The discussion was very helpful in understanding the difference between a Jewish worldview and a Christian worldview. This weekend, we will air portions of Prager and Begg’s discussion, in an attempt to understand what a biblical worldview is and how the person and work of Christ fits into that.