Author Faculty (Discipline)

Theology

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2017

Journal

Journal of the Adventist Theological Society

Volume Number

28

Issue Number

2

Page Numbers

78-96

ISSN

1550-7378

ANZSRC / FoR Code

220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)

Abstract

This paper argues that despite initiating the Reformation of the 16th century and boldly proclaiming sola gratia et fides—the very purpose of which was to theologically disentangle soteriology and ecclesiology—Luther ended up endorsing the traditional Catholic position extra ecclesiam nulla salus, i.e., that there is no salvation outside the church. This “church” was now, of course, Luther’s own denomination. Luther’s embrace of this traditional Catholic catchphrase should not be surprising, as it was the logical outgrowth of problematic assumptions that influenced his understanding of justification by faith. Before these assumptions can be explored, however, the ecclesiological framework that led to his embrace of the “there is no salvation outside of the church” doctrine must first be laid down.

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© 2017 Darius W. Jankiewicz

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At the time of writing Darius Jankiewicz was affiliated with Andrews University.

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