Like anything else, faith is a habit. There is no price for salvation, it was paid on the cross. At first I found a few verses that seemed to support the “faith alone” argument…, “For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.” –Romans 3:28, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” –John 3:16. And I agree, we don’t work FOR our salvation, we work BECAUSE of our salvation. I accept the plant and sit it in my window, but then just leave it there and don’t touch it again. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. Goats and Sheep – Is Faith Alone Enough? But I do not know. Works only flow from the believer for His glory not anything else.Remember to Work out your salvation, NOT work FOR your salvation. Now, of course, we are all on a journey, and can’t judge someone for not being farther along than you, but still, if you say you have faith yet don’t have any desire to follow God, you really need to question if that faith is real. In “Reformed” Is Not Enough, ... “We are saved through faith alone, but never through a faith that is alone. It is the first step. I do believe that the saved regenerate person WILL produce works. Look at the prisoner on the cross, he believed and Jesus accepted him into heaven, no good works, but he had faith. Salvation must be dependent on more than just faith alone! Whether you are a good spouse or a bad spouse after the fact, it doesn’t change the fact that you are married. If you say you are “saved” but your life doesn’t change at all and you’re still living however you want… maybe you aren’t saved after all. Following your logic (one-and-done) this doesn’t require anything. It has to be an active, living faith that naturally results in good works”…. 4. Watch at 39 min. Paul isn’t talking about earning our ticket to heaven after we are already “saved;” he’s talking about our ability to make the decision to follow Christ in the very first place. Even the demons believe—and shudder!…Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? “So it IS faith that saves us, but not just any kind of faith. God is the sole reason that we are able to have faith in the first place. They have been paid in Full.If a man is converted,Born again, He is a new creation. “but that if we are truly Christian, the work of Christ in us will produce good works.” Again if we have been given life we now live as a new creation for His Glory not FOR good works,but since we have been saved we will bring forth works.If I am wrong I want to be corrected. Equipping Godly Women is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for websites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Alas, there have been a number of occasions since becoming a Christian that I have fallen into what the Catholic Church would call a state of mortal sin. We have free will and God doesn’t force it on us, so right there, there is something that we DO. ( Math. You give it to me no strings attached. There is only one who is good. Is that correct? Is faith enough? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. Christian Web Hosting, man is justified by faith apart from works, to the one who does not work, but believes in Him. These are good things to think about. I really wish someone answers this for me: Some people were not born into Christian families, some never had the oportunity to learn about Jesus. But our God coming and giving His life as a ransom for many..As you can see in my previous post that I have shown clearly man does not have a free will in the sense that it can choose outside it’s dead nature.It does not seek God will not come to Christ..( I won;t go over it all again) Those who did not give food to the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the ill and visit the imprisoned will “go off to eternal punishment.” Those are strong word from Jesus about our faith expecting to be active with works. Just as I mentioned about the metaphysical change that took place with the Incorruptibles in the previous Eucharist talk, who don’t decay after death, this is solely accomplished by God’s Grace. Well, no, it’s not just a Catholic thing. Both sides agree that we do NOT work for or earn our salvation–so don’t worry about that. The Reformed churches confess that all of it, justification, sanctification, and glorification is by grace alone (sola gratia), through faith alone (sola fide). James says, Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar? For you, the argument is the person was never saved to begin with. But works alone will not save. Hey, thanks for all this sharing. Oct 9, 2016 - Is there any Biblical basis for the "Faith Alone" argument or is more needed? 1, Rom 9 , Here are a few helpful resources to get you started. and why? I have no idea how, but simply believing alone can’t possibly be enough. more about this series and a list of all of posts here, My Journey Through Protestant and Catholic Beliefs, Surprised by Truth: 11 Converts Give Biblical and Historical Reasons for Becoming Catholic, https://frontierruminations.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/how-francis-chan-helped-me-become-catholic/, https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/library/tiptoe-through-tulip-1163, https://equippinggodlywomen.com/faith/are-you-a-christian-are-you-sure/, https://equippinggodlywomen.com/faith/faith-alone-enough/, Putting God First: How to Make God the #1 Priority in Every Area of Your Life. He is mad at the man who claims he needs to be saved and says “leave me alone” . If Abraham was justified by faith, and this is what we see in Eph. All those sins in that list ARE Mortal sins that 1 John mentions, since Paul makes it very clear that those people will NOT inherit salvation. Faith is enough to receive salvation from Jesus, but there is more that God wants to show us after receiving salvation. This is very, very similar to my belief and what many Protestant churches I’ve attended teach as well. And of course, by follow Him, I mean keep his commandments and teachings. Thankfully, you don’t have to go it alone. I really don’t know!). If salvation is a gift,like a debt we owed was completely paid in full ,then there is nothing we can do to maintain it or add to earn it . If I am a Bible believing Christian, Neyssa, what am I suppose to believe? Paul is showing the contrast. It’s an active, living faith that goes on to produce good works. Jesus’ purpose was to show this man how sinful he really was. We need to have passed through darkness into the light. This is something you never had before. This passage is generally misunderstood in the fact that present experiences with fake televangelists or corrupt Christians that use gimmicks are envisioned as the goats and are shoved onto the text. But the greatest of these is love.” I agree we should do things for each other.But if I don’t it does not make me divorced by the lack of not doing enough.God makes the a covenant with His elect. What I mean is, with the Eucharist–it either is or is not the real Body and Blood. I have always believed once saved always saved unless you deny Christ as the savior. (it’s not a hypothetical question, I’m really interested in what Protestants think about this), Also, the man on the cross next to Jesus says: “We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. The new man,born again, will do what you might say are required.The mark of a real faith is born in a man by God. With our new natures we will live for His good pleasure.This is not to maintain what He started. Does the Bible suggest anything having to do with works? It’s not a conspiracy theory, but a fact that Luther himself wasn’t trying to hide. Hmm…. Below are verses that clearly teach that salvation is received through faith… so this is helpful in clarifying things. Faith is enough to receive salvation from Jesus, but there is more that God wants to show us after receiving salvation. Playing next. It matters the direction you’re headed in. I do realize many will come to different conclusions at the end of the day. 2:8,9 Then it’s not by any works of the law, any deeds do not get us saved or keep us saved. The person is already justified, so it’s not for their salvation, it’s just the natural result of a true faith. I am a cradle Catholic, I have been exposed to scripture my whole life. Here is a link to TULIP (Total depravity, Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace, Perseverance of the saints) This is what St. James refers to in his epistle. 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