Either way it surely needs, and deserves, an immediate, public clarification and correction!
There are a number of Christians, including young believers, who have purchased hard printed copies of this Study Bible, who will be unaware of the erroneous nature of this statement. They will accept the content of this footnote as being accurate, believing it to be indeed the truth about the great doctrine of Justification. After all, it is contained in this Study Bible and no clarification or correction has been publicised, even though the publishers know about the error.
This statement is doctrinally incorrect. It confuses Justification with Sanctification. Amazingly, not only is it incorrect, it has actually been turned into a statement containing grievous false teaching. In fact, it is Romish teaching to say that justification brings about a change of man's moral character. This very issue, of whether Justification brought about a change in man's moral nature, was a point of contention for the Reformers and Puritans, when opposing the errors of Romanism.
Justification has to do with the acquittal from guilt of those who stand accused of sin. It is a legal, forensic term. The Justification of a sinner is a legal change of position, a legal vindication, before God, the Judge of all men, and not in any way the change of any man's moral nature.
I also wonder, is the reluctance to highlight this serious error, down to an unwillingness to impact sales of the hard copies already printed of this Study Bible? Would existing copies need to be pulped? Would people be entitled to a refund?
Surely for the publishers to knowingly let serious error, of this nature, continue to be circulated in this Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible without any immediate, public clarification or correction is not honourable conduct!!!