Discussion with Dr. R. Scott Clark of Westminster Theological Seminary
and other Protestants
on David’s Justification in Romans 4:5-8
A Bellarmine Theological Forum patron alerted me to a discussion taking place on a Protestant blog regarding the topic of Justification. He said that one of the participants was Professor R. Scott Clark of Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS) in Escondido, CA. As many BTF patrons know, I graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA, so I am well familiar with the caliber of men that teach there and the approach they take toward theology.
The topic of the conversation was the radio interview I had about a year ago with another professor at WTS named Michael S. Horton. Professor Horton interviewed me on his radio program as I gave the Catholic understanding of Justification from my book Not By Faith Alone (Queenship Publishing, 1996). (Michael and I had previously debated this topic in front of a public audience of 1500 people in 1995). After the interview, I wrote an article describing my experience which is now on our website: http://www.robertsungenis.org/2018/01/interview-of-robert-sungenis-by.html
Among the many things I said, I emphasized that I had mentioned the case of David’s justification in Romans 4:5-8 three times during the interview as one of the most important scriptural supports for the Catholic doctrine of Justification, but I had also remarked that Dr. Horton never followed up with a discussion of David.
Apparently, some Protestants of the Calvinistic persuasion were a bit bothered by Horton’s reluctance to take up the issue of David so they brought it up on the blog of Professor R. Scott Clark. The name of the blog is Heidlblog, named after the city of Heidlberg where some of the Calvinistic doctrines were forged. In the blog, Dr. Clark responds to some of their questions. I have copied the blog discussion and have made intermittent comments along the way.