The Bible and WELS Lutherans teach that God judged all sinners righteous in his sight when Jesus Christ died on the cross for us. God declared everyone free from the guilt and punishment owed for our sins. The sinner receives this free gift of forgiveness, not by doing good deeds, but only by faith. A person is justified when he or she believes in Christ and his redemptive work. It is a gift from God.
Ephesians 2:8,9; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Romans 3:22-24; Romans 3:28; Romans 4:5; Mark 16:16
If you would like to learn more about the doctrine of Justification, consider reading the book, Justification – How God Forgives, written by Wayne D. Mueller. If you have questions regarding this topic or any other, feel free to contact Pastor Behnken.