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The act of having true faith in Christ is enough justification in Luthers mind to be a Christian He uses Biblical excerpts to prove this doctrine of Justification by Faith Alone Luther identifies with Paul from Romans 10 for man believes with his heart and so is justified 10 Accordingly if only faith can justify the faith of a Christian then no outer work needs to be performed to justify ones Christianity The only action that makes you less Christian is when you begin to doubt your faith and start questioning Christs divinity Faith in Christ is so strong that it is considered to be the perfect fulfillment of the law will fill believers with so great a righteousness that they will need nothing more to become righteous 10 The Word of God further backs up Luthers doctrine This is portrayed most obviously when Luther again recites Sacred Scripture If you wish to fulfil the law and not covet as the law demands come believe in Christ in whom grace righteousness peace liberty and all things are promised to you If you believe you shall have all things if you do not believe you shall lack all things 11-12 Furthermore Luther adds that faith is enough since most of the commandments are meant to teach us what we are incapable of doing For instance the commandment You shall not covet is impossible to obey These commandments simply show man their imperfections and to further fortify the glory of what Christ was capable of In addition faith alone makes the Word of God effective Faith is the only way that the Word of God is preserved Thus it is clear that as the soul needs only the Word of God for its life and righteousness so it is justified by faith alone and not any works for if it could be justified by anything else it would not need the Word and consequently it would not
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