The teaching that you are saved by “faith alone” (or faith only) is rampant, widespread, and shouted from nearly every “Christian” pulpit in America from today’s so-called “modern”, liberal, and “reformed” churches…but, is this teaching rock solid Biblical truth, or it it just yet ANOTHER man-made false teaching/deception?
This false teaching says you are saved once and for all to eternal life by “faith only” regardless of what you do after you accept Christ (are born again), even if you are never baptized for the forgiveness of sins or how you actually life the rest of your life. This false teaching is usually coincident with the “sinner’s prayer” and the “once saved always saved” false teachings. All three of these usually come together in a pack. This teaching is in complete contradiction with the many clear teachings in Scripture.
The Bible is abundantly clear that you must act on your faith to be saved (justified before God)…I would suggest you set aside what you have been told is truth and actually go re-read the entire book of James (if it wasn’t removed from your Bible):
“Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar?” – James 2:21
“For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. – James 2:26″
Here’s more from the book of James:
“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” – James 2:14-18
I do recognize the shock you may be having at hearing this for the first time, and learning that what you’ve heard preached, taught, and likely believe is in CONTRADICTION with what Scripture states, but you must press on towards truth. I was also in shock when I first learned the truth; for like you, I was lied to and deceived my entire life by those “Christians” whom I trusted.
But friend, you cannot have a belief which contracts ANY portion of Scripture, for Scripture is 100% correct, inerrant and true. Scripture cannot contradict itself either. You must therefore come to an understanding (and beliefs) that harmonize ALL of Scripture. You cannot simply pick and choose some verses and ignore others. So if what you “believe” about saved by “faith only” is in contradiction with even a SINGLE verse in Scripture, it is not Scripture which is wrong, it is your understanding and belief. So I do encourage you to go back and read the Scriptures clearly.
This false teaching comes from those groups like “Calvinists” and so-called “reformed” protestants. Friend, it doesn’t matter what fancy name they give to their own MAN-MADE interpretations and rules, whether they are “Arminians”, “Calvinists”, or “Reformed”, they are still MAN MADE interpretations of Scripture, and they are not in agreement with Scripture.
Truth be told, I also used to believe this “faith only” teaching as it was the only thing I was ever taught in every single one of the churches I attended. In fact, it is the clearing up of this false teaching that is one of the primary reasons which inspired me to write this book.
So, make up your own mind (be convinced yourself) on this matter. As you have read on this site (and in The Truth book), the Biblically specified conditions for eternal salvation are: being born-again (through belief, repentance, confession, and baptism), obedience to the commands of Christ, proving your faith through action (good works) and persevering in faith unto death.
And to be clear, we are not talking about “personal merit” that we do to “earn” salvation. And to be crystal clear faith “alone” without action to back it up does not save. That is what is being taught nearly everywhere. Faith alone without action is a “dead” faith. How can a “dead” faith save one to eternal “life”. Please consider the matter more fully. In the end how about you show the Lord your faith without any works and I’ll show the Lord my faith with my works…deal?
If you want to continue reading on this topic, read the Proving Your Faith chapter first.
I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness of so-called “modern” American, liberal, “reformed”, lukewarm and apostate Christendom: “Make straight the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!”
To the brother or sister in Christ reading this, if you are sitting in a church hearing all these false teachings and do nothing can I ask why? Is it because you don’t know any better, or perhaps you don’t know Scripture well enough? If so, perhaps it’s time for more rigorous Bible Study? And to those who do know Scripture and simply sit there and accept these false teachings, perhaps it’s time to stand up for truth? The Bereans examined the Scriptures daily to see if what they were being told is true! The great Apostle Paul confronted false teachings boldly and directly, whenever he encountered them – he would not just “sit there” and accept them.
This site proclaims to you the gospel as it was handed down once for all time in Scripture, free from the staggering number of myths, mysticism, distortions, and outright lies and fables of man that have been added to the gospel as it was given in Scripture. You have likely been indoctrinated and brainwashed with lies, half-truths, distortions, myths, and mysticism of man masquerading as and obscuring true Christianity since you were an infant, and the sad part is that you may not even realize it.
Maybe it’s best now therefore to go back and start reading the true gospel, as it was handed down once for all time in Scripture…I hope you decide to do just that on this site.
It will take great effort and determination on your part, along with perseverance, diligent prayer and a willingness to admit you have been deceived (brainwashed in fact), likely since birth, even by so-called “Christian” pastors and churches you have trusted in. While some “Christian” pastors are simply misguided, many are out to intentionally deceive, being called “Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing” by the Bible. For those who are misguided, the time is now to make straight the gospel of Jesus Christ!