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Abraham Was Justified Multiple Times: Catholics and Protestants Both Wrong

Abraham was justified by faith, ie., his account before God was reckoned to be righteous, multiple times. These multiple times were recorded by Old Testament and New Testament scripture.

Protestants have taught that justification is a one time event. This is simply wrong and Abraham is proof of this. There are references to justification in the past from the Apostles' writings, and these are important in recognizing the status of justification. Once justified, the elect of God will be justified to the end.


Catholics have taught multiple justifications but teach that one can fall out of the state of righteousness. This is an evil doctrine that must be rejected!

However, to ignore multiple justifications in the life of our example of justification, Abraham, is simply stupid and ignorant. The Protestants are antinomian in this view. The law of Christ, faith to the end, continues to the end of life. Justification continues, just like sanctification continues. But it is an external reckoning, that is established by a God given faith.

Martin Luther, who was a legalist and sacralist early Protestant, had a middle view. But it is still wrong. He said justified men are moving to righteousness. But that is a bit misleading as the status of righteous status of justification is attained with first justification.

But the elect move on to subsequent justification by faith throughout life. The Protestants, Luther and the Catholics have serious errors in their teaching on this subject.

So, we need to see where Abraham is justified continually to back up this teaching I present here from the NIV:

Gen 15:5-7 (see Romans 4:10) where he was justified prior to circumcision:
5And He took him outside and said, "Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be." 6Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. 7And He said to him, "I am the LORD who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess it."
Gen 12:8 Abraham, as Abram, was justified first by calling on the name of the Lord in verse 8 which was prior to Genesis 15:

8From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.

James 2:20-22 (see Genesis 22) Abraham was justified by faith a third time through the offering of his son, Isaac, which was prevented by God, who had tested his faith.


…20But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? 21Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? 22You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected;…

So, then, Abraham was justified in  Genesis 12,15 and 22 and actually other times as well!

See also: Christ Did Not Abolish the Law of Moses But His Death Did!

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