24 December 2013

Can We Be Saved By Faith Alone?


“I believe that it is enough to have faith in God and Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Salvation is  through faith alone in Christ Jesus.”

FAITH IS TRULY important, and without it one cannot attain salvation.
 This is what the Bible says:

“And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:15-16, NKJV)

The Bible said, “he who does not believe will be condemned.” However, nothing in the verse that says “faith alone,” “believe only,” or “enough to have faith,” instead the verse said, “He who BELIEVES AND IS BAPTIZED will be saved.”

The Lord Jesus Christ Himself explicitly tells us that it is not enough to call Him “Lord” (to believe in Him) in order to be saved or to enter the Kingdom of God:

“NOT EVERYONE who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21, NKJV, emphasis mine)

Even the Apostles clearly said and wrote that man is justified not by faith only:

“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15If 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.
“But do you want to know, O foolish man, that FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD?” (James 2:24,14-18,20, NKJV, emphasis mine)

The “works” referred to by the Apostles are the one mentioned by the Lord Jesus Christ, “Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but HE WHO DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER in heaven.” Thus, even a person believes in God and in Jesus, but he does not obey the will of the Father, Jesus explicitly said that he shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Therefore, it is not enough to believe in God and Christ Jesus in order to be saved. Faith is important for one cannot be caved without it, but faith is not enough. We must also follow the commandments of God written in the Holy Scriptures or the Bible in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven or to be saved. PLEASE LEARN MORE THE TEACHINGS WRITTEN IN THE BIBLE THAT WILL LEAD US TO SALVATION.

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