Grab pen and paper and take the following ten-question quiz (formulated by Dr. J. Ronald Blue of Dallas Theological Seminary). How you do will determine whether you’re a Roman Catholic or a Christian.
Choose the position which is most true:
A). God gives a man right standing with Himself by mercifully accounting him righteous.
B). God gives a man right standing with Himself by actually making him into a righteous person.
A). God gives a man right standing with Himself by placing Christ’s goodness and virtue to his credit.
B). God gives a man right standing with Himself by putting Christ’s goodness and virtue into his heart.
A). God accepts the believer because of the moral excellence found in Christ.
B). God makes a believer acceptable by infusing Christ’s moral excellence into his life.
A). If a man becomes born again, he will achieve right standing with God.
B). If a sinner receives right standing with God, he will then experience a transformation of character and life.
A). We receive right standing with God through faith alone.
B). We receive right standing with God by faith and love.
A). We achieve right standing with God by having Christ live out His life of obedience in us.
B). We achieve right standing with God by receiving the truth that he obeyed the Law of God perfectly for us.
A). We achieve right standing with God by following Christ’s example by the help of enabling grace.
B). We follow Christ’s example because His life has given us right standing with God.
A). God first declares us good, and then His Spirit begins making us good.
B). God sends His Spirit to make us good, and then He will declare that we are good.
A). Christ’s finished work on the cross and intercession at God’s right hand gives us favor in God’s sight.
B). It is the indwelling Christ that gives us favor in God’s sight.
A). Only by the imputation of Christ’s righteousness can we fully satisfy the claims of the Ten Commandments.
B). By the power of the Holy Spirit living in us we can fully satisfy the claims of the Ten Commandments.
Bonus Question 1:
You get to Heaven by works: True or False
Bonus Question 2:
Our faith is the ground of our salvation: True or False
Answers . . .
Bonus 1: True.
We get to Heaven by works, just not by our works. We get to heaven by Christ’s works.
Bonus 2: False.
Christ, not our faith, is the ground of our salvation.
“If you think faith is the ground of your salvation, your salvation is only as strong as your faith.” – Brian Borgman
For those who want more of an explanation on the answers to this quiz, I encourage you to check out this coming Thursday’s sermon of the week by Brian Borgman (found here) in which he gives his congregation this same quiz, provides them with the answers, then answers their questions about it. I highly recommend this upcoming message on the doctrine of justification–especially if you didn’t do so well on this quiz.
By the way, if you’re wondering how I did, I didn’t fare so well. I only got eight out of ten questions right, and I got both of the bonus questions wrong. My wife, however, got all ten questions right, including the bonus questions. Perhaps I need to take a break from blogging and let her take my place.