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christians: Who thinks faith alone is enough to be saved?

If you think this what religious denomination do you identify most with?


Asked by Anonymous at 9:31 AM on Nov. 28, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Christ redeemed all men with his death on the cross. In other words, he paid the price for all men’s sins. Yet not all men are saved. What is the difference between those who are merely redeemed and those who are redeemed and saved? Is it something Jesus did, or is it something each saved individual does? If it’s something Christ did, then why aren’t all men saved? After all, Scripture says he desires that all men be saved (cf. 1 Tim. 2:3–4). But if it’s something the individual believer did, then isn’t that a work? The point here is that the believer has to "do" something in order to be saved. The difference between the believer and the unbeliever is not something Jesus did; it is something the believer did that the unbeliever didn’t do: The former believed, by the grace of God, but he had to cooperate with that grace. He had to do something or else he would not have been "saved."

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:47 PM on Nov. 29, 2009

  • it is all that is needed. period. end of story. i'm baptiscopamethotyrian.
    Ephesians 2:8–9: "For it is by grace you have been saved through faith. It is not from yourself or anything you've done, but the gift of God."
    Acts 16:31: "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved."
    Romans 3:28: "For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law."

    True faith has a backbone. The Book of James makes it abundantly clear that a declaration of faith by itself doesn't amount to a hill of beans if it isn't backed up by action (James 2:14–26). In other words, if you're gonna talk the talk, you've gotta walk the walk. Therefore, if someone is truly a Christian, his or her life is going to be characterized by a growing faith and, over the long haul, will live in accordance with that faith. However, recognize that this is a CONSEQUENCE of faith, not a CONDITION.

    Answer by thehairnazi at 9:40 AM on Nov. 28, 2009

  • I don't know only God can judge. I'm sure there are many evil people in the world who have faith that there is a God but their actions are the not in line with Gods laws.

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 9:51 AM on Nov. 28, 2009

  • Martin Luther.  He called the Apostle James an apostle of straw because James talks about faith without works not being enough.

    Protestants like to use the argument that the theif on the cross next to Christ didn't have time for works - yes, we know, but throughout the course of a life time, works are the expected fruits of faith.

    Jesus wants us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, etc.  Love and help our neighbor and give to the poor.  Consequence of faith?  It should be.  Condition of salvation, if you have the opportunity then it would be expected.


    Answer by shellbyrne at 12:53 PM on Nov. 28, 2009

  • this is what the bible says about faith w/o works.

    James 2:15-20 (King James Version)

    15If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

    16And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

    17Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

    18Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

    19Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

    20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:56 PM on Nov. 28, 2009

  • I don't feel that you can separate faith from works - they're two parts to a whole that work to build and develop the other.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:35 PM on Nov. 28, 2009

  • If we are saved by faith alone, then do we need to love in order to be saved? If so, then we are not saved by faith alone, are we? We are saved by faith and love. If a person says we do not need love in order to be saved, then he is saying we can get to heaven without loving God or our fellow man—how can that be? Also, if faith alone saves us, faith without love, why does 1 Corinthians 13:13 say that love is greater than faith? After all, if salvation is the greatest thing we can achieve, and it is by faith alone that we achieve salvation, then faith should be greater than love. But the Bible says differently.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:46 PM on Nov. 29, 2009

  • Do we have to forgive others in order to have our sins forgiven by God? If yes, then we are not saved by faith alone. After all, we cannot be saved if we do not have our sins forgiven, and we cannot have our sins forgiven if we do not forgive others. Therefore, we are saved by faith and at least one work: the work of forgiving others of their sins against us. If a person’s answer is no, that we do not have to forgive others in order to have our sins forgiven, then he is going directly against what Jesus says in Matthew 6:14.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:46 PM on Nov. 29, 2009