Is Faith Alone Against the Bible? How do we get to Heaven and avoid Hell? Is it by faith alone or does it require more? And if faith is sufficient, how is faith defined? Lizzie makes a case that is both biblical and historical.
Steve Ray: “By Faith Alone” – Steve Ray talks about scripture and historical context of Romans and Galatians which are often quoted by Protestants to defend the “faith alone” doctrine.
5 Bible Passages that Refute “Faith Alone” Doctrine: Proponents of “Faith Alone” doctrine will quote Galatians 2:16 and Romans 3:28 which states that a man is justified by faith apart from works. Tim Staples, once a vehemently anti-Catholic preacher discusses the Bible passages that helped him change his mind about this topic. 1) James 2:24 we see that man is justified by works and not just faith alone. 2) In Romans 2:6-7, St Paul says God will reward each man according to his works and goes on the mention that eternal life is a reward. 3) In Galatians 6:6-9, St. Paul warns that we should not be deceived. God is not mocked. What-so-ever a man sows, that shall he reap. 4) Mathew 12: 36-37 is talking about the final judgment and says by our words we will be justified or condemned. 5) Matthew 25: 31-36 refers to the final judgment and in a parable about the sheep and the goats the only thing that differentiated them was what they did. They all called Jesus Lord, but the difference was what they did or did not do.
Are We Saved by Faith Alone: The term “faith alone” appears in the Bible only one time in James 2:24, “Do you see that by works a man is justified and not by faith alone.” Does that mean that works are required? Jimmy Akin explains that even though Catholic Christians don’t believe in “faith alone” formula for eternal salvation, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Church supports the idea that we earn Heaven with good works.
What Does the Bible Say About “Eternal Assurance? Tim Staples discusses whether we can know we are saved. Tim discusses the controversy over the Protestant vs. Catholic interpretations of Romans 8:1-12, Galatians 6:7-9. and 1 John 5:13-14
Faith and Works: There is perhaps no greater confusion among Roman Catholic Christians and Evangelical Protestant and Pentecostal Christians than that held over the controversy of faith versus good works. This controversy best warrants the balance of scriptures necessary in reading the Word of God to understand what God means for us to know. The Bible is clear that faith holds a first and prominent role in the salvation of every person. The Bible is equally clear on the saving role of good works in the lives of the faithful. [Read more… ]