Saved by Faith Only?

Many denominations teach salvation by “faith only.” But their proof texts only say “saved by faith.” If I told you I went to a restaurant and “ate steak,” would that necessarily mean I ate “steak only” (and not a baked potato)? Do you see why those proof texts prove that faith is required, but they don’t rule out repentance and other necessary conditions stated elsewhere in God’s word?

A verse in the Bible that puts those two words (“faith” and “only”) together is James 2:24, and it says “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” Those who respect God and what He says will accept James 2:24, along with passages like John 3:16. All Bible verses are true. We can’t just pick the ones we like, and ignore the ones that don’t fit our preconceived view.

In Genesis 2:17, God told Adam and Eve that the day they ate of the tree, “thou shalt surely die,” but in Genesis 3:4, the devil said, “Ye shall not surely die.” Do you see the similarity between what denominations teach about how to be saved and what Satan said?


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