"The prevailing doctrine of justification today is not justification by faith alone. It's not even justification by good works or by a combination of faith and works. The prevailing notion of justification in Western culture today is justification by death. It's assumed that all one has to do to be received into everlasting arms of God is to die" (p. 10).
If you haven't picked up this gem of a book, I'd highly recommend it. R.C. does what he typically does with deep theological truths and centuries of Christian history--he simplifies it and presses it home in tremendously helpful ways. I plan on doing two things with this book:
1. Begin reading it for the first 10 minutes of our Wednesday night Bible study class; and
2. Buying a bunch and giving them to members of the church.
When you read The Truth of the Cross, you easily recognize why R.C. is loved as a Bible teacher and worthy of the recent lifetime achievement honors he's received.