The Methodist Creed Book Says “We Are Justfied By Faith Only”

The 1956 version of the Methodist Creed book reads “Wherefore, that we are justified by faith only is a most wholesome doctrine, and very full of comfort” (pg.29). That stands in stark contrast to James 2:24 which reads “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” Would you feel comfortable belonging to a church whose creed book contradicts the Bible is such a direct way?

Following are some more passages that teach we are saved by works and not by faith only:

Mark 16:16a “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved”

Heb 5:9 “the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him”

Matt 7:21 “he that doeth the will of my Father … shall enter into … heaven”

Rev 22:14 “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city”

I Peter 1:22 “ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth”

II Cor 5:10 “every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad”

Rom 2:6-10 God “will render to every man according to his deeds … continuance in well-doing … eternal life … them that … do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil … but glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good”

I Pet 1:17 “Father … without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work

Rev 20:11-15 “they were judged every man according to their works

Phil 2:12 “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”

Acts 10:34-35 “he that … worketh righteousness, is accepted with Him”

II Thess 1:8-9 “them that … obey not the gospel … shall be punished”

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