What do you believe is the grounds for God's declaration that those who believe are righteous? What scripture would you use to support what you believe? Here are the three most common views of the grounds of justification, as least as far as I am aware. The numbers of each correspond with the shorter options in the poll and are a more extended explanation of each option. (If you have a view other than one of these three, I hope you will explain it and defend it.) We are declared righteous based on two things: Christ's death for our sins, which provides the grounds for the pardon of our sins; and Christ's perfectly righteous life, which provides a positively righteous record that is imputed to believers. We are declared righteous based on two things: the forgiveness that comes through Christ's death for our sins; and our actual personal righteousness, which is graciously worked by the Spirit in those who are believers in Christ. We are declared righteous based on two things: the forgiveness that comes through Christ's death for our sins; and our own faith, which is accepted by God instead of works as the basis for declaring us righteous. What say ye?