The church had fallen because the great doctrine of justification through faith in Christ had been lost.  It was, therefore, necessary that this doctrine should be restored to her before she could arise.  Whenever this fundamental truth should be restored, all the errors and devices which had usurped its place – the train of saints, works, penances, masses, and indulgences – would vanish.  The moment the one Mediator and His one sacrifice were acknowledged, all other mediators and all other sacrifices would disappear.  “This article of justification”, says Luther to Brentius, “is that which forms the church, nourishes it, builds it up, preserves, and defends it.  It is the heel which crushes the serpent’s head.” – J. H. Merle D’Aubigne (1794-1872), Swiss Reformed church historian and author


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