Counted Righteous in Christ
Should We Abandon the Imputation of Christ's Righteousness?.
By: John Piper
Publisher: Crossway Books
Category: Theology

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Are Christians merely forgiven, or do they possess the righteousness of Christ? Recently the time-honored understanding of the doctrine of justification has come under attack. Many question how—or if—we receive the full righteousness of Christ.

Martin Luther said that if we understand justification "we are in the clearest light; if we do not know it, we dwell in the densest darkness." And now, in this new and important book, John Piper accepts Luther's challenge. He points out that we need to see ourselves as having been recipients of the imputation of Christ's righteousness and therefore enjoy full acceptance with God and the everlasting inheritance of life and joy.

Piper writes as both a pastor and a scholar. His pastor’s heart is shown in his zeal for the welfare of the church. His careful scholarship is evident in each explanation and under girds each conclusion.

About the Author
John Piper is the Pastor for Preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, where he first sensed God's call to enter the ministry. He went on to earn degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.) and the University of Munich (D.Th.). For six years he taught Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem. John is the author of more than 20 books and his preaching and teaching is featured on the daily radio program Desiring God. He and wife Noel have four sons, one daughter, and an increasing number of grandchildren.


The Gospel must be defended in every generation. Today, as in the sixteenth century, the central issue is the imputation of Christ’s righteousness. John Piper clearly and powerfully proves this is the view of the Bible and not merely of orthodox Protestant theology. The church must say 'No!' to those who declare that imputation is passé . If imputation is passé , then so is the Gospel.
R. C. Sproul, President, Ligonier Ministries, Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Knox Theological Seminary
Does Christ's lifelong record of perfect obedience to God get 'credited' to your account when you trust in Christ and are 'justified’ by God? This has been the historic Protestant understanding of the 'imputation of Christ’s righteousness,' but John Piper warns that we are in danger of losing this doctrine today because of attacks by scholars within the evangelical camp. In response, Piper shows, in careful treatment of passage after passage, that the imputation of Christ's righteousness to believers is clearly the teaching of the Bible, and if we abandon this doctrine we will also lose justification by faith alone. I am thankful to God for John Piper’s defense of this crucial doctrine.
Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Theology and Bible, Phoenix Seminary
I share the concern of John Piper as he not only sounds the alarm but also rushes to the rescue of all who are tempted to abandon a truly biblical perspective on the issue of imputation."Counted Righteous in Christ: Should We Abandon the Imputation of Christ's Righteousness?.
Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Cleveland
This is a superb work, wonderful in its clarity, remarkable for its faithful, thorough treatment of the biblical texts, and powerful in the force of its argument. Dr. Piper's simple, potent answer to the recent attacks on the historic Protestant understanding of justification by faith will cure a host of theological ills. This is surely one of the finest and most important books to be published in many years."Counted Righteous in Christ: Should We Abandon the Imputation of Christ's Righteousness?.
John MacArthur, Pastor, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California, President, The Master's College
This is certainly the most solid defense of the imputed righteousness of Christ since the work of John Murray fifty years ago. I'm delighted that Dr. Piper has established that important doctrine, not as a mere article from the confessional tradition, but on the solid foundation of God's Word."Counted Righteous in Christ: Should We Abandon the Imputation of Christ's Righteousness?.
John M. Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando
With John Piper, I think that as the doctrine of justification by faith alone is a vital means to the church's health, so the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ is a vital element in stating that doctrine. Therefore I gladly welcome Dr. Piper's carefully argued reassertion of it."Counted Righteous in Christ: Should We Abandon the Imputation of Christ's Righteousness?.
J. I. Packer, Board of Governors Professor of Theology, Regent College