Perfect Religion
     “And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him ... .”  Hebrews 5:9.  “Christianity is the ‘absolute,’ altogether perfect, and unsurpassable religion ... .  [Christianity] conveys perfect salvation.  It does not ask man to reconcile God through his own works or own virtues as all non-Christian religions do, but it teaches man to accept and obtain by faith the perfect unsurpassable reconciliation effected by Christ – ‘God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself’ (2 Cor. 5:18-19).  In other words, the Christian religion is absolutely perfect because it is not a moral code instructing men how to earn the forgiveness of sin themselves, but rather it is faith in that forgiveness of sins which was gained through Christ’s vicarious fulfillment of the Law and His substitutionary suffering of our punishment (Gal.. 4:4-5; 3:13; Acts 26:18; Luke 24:46-47).”  The Rev. Dr. Francis Pieper, Christian Dogmatics, Vol. I, p. 35.