This come from another thread in the C/A debate forum, and although it is not truly a Calvinist vs. Arminian issue, I'm putting it here since a discussion about it originated here. I'll leave it to the moderators to decide if this is where it really belongs. I'll start by recommending John Piper's excellent book Counted Righteous in Christ to anyone who has an interest in the subject. The entire book is availible for viewing online here: Counted Righteous in Christ, or its definitely worth purchasing. Piper deals with modern day challenges to this important doctrine thoroughly and biblically, yet deals gently with those who disagree (something that I still find it a challenge to do -- guess some more work is needed in the santification department). In another thread, another member posted an article that I believe seriously distorts this doctrine. The article can be seenHERE. Though this is a somewhat complex issue, the orthodox view of this doctrine is stated here: From ARTICLE LINK. In the words on John Wesley: In the word's of his friend and sometimes theological opponent, George Whitefield: But the article referenced earlier states: and, Clearly, these are not the same. The opposing view states that faith itself is counted as righteousness, rather than faith being a means to receive the righteousness of another,that is, Christ.