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WILL FAITH ONLY SAVE ME?
Many religious teachers are telling people, "All you have to do is believe." "Faith, plus nothing, minus nothing," they say. Where is Bible authority for the "faith only" doctrine?
The 11th chapter of Hebrews is known as the "hall of fame" of the faithful. In every case the faithful character was justified by his actions and not by mental exercise only.
The only Bible reference to the expression "faith only" is found in James 2:24. Here the writer said, "Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only." In verse 17 James said that faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone. In verse 19 he said that even the devils believe in God.
The Hebrew writer (Heb. 5:8-9) stated that Christ became the author of eternal salvation to all them that OBEY him. Since the obedient are the ones who will be saved, it necessarily follows that faith only is a false and misleading doctrine.
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