Diana, My Response To Your Comments

June 27, 2015

Diana,
Concerning your comments today at my comment page regarding my June 22 article where I wrote about the error of the “Faith Alone” teaching:

I wrote, “For after Eph. 2:8,9 comes verse 10, and it says, “For of Him we are a product, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God previously prepared, in order that in them we might walk.”

I also wrote, “So, Eph. 2:8-10 tells us that although the offer of salvation is God’s gracious gift to undeserving humans who could never attain it on their own, we are nevertheless expected to fulfill that for which we were created –the doing of good works.”

God has commanded us to do good works. So, if we are commanded by God to do something or refrain from doing something, and we refuse to obey, we are rebels. God’s Word is very clear about rebellion against Him. It is likened to witchcraft in His eyes (1 Sam. 15:23), and it reaps for a person Hell, no matter their claim. (Heb. 10:26,27) This means that anyone who refuses to listen to and obey Christ’s words and the Spirit’s commands, is not walking in Eternal Life. (Rom. 8:9,13,14) Only by walking through the Door, and then following Jesus, is a person walking in Eternal Life. (John 10:9,27,28 & 14:6 // 1 John 5:20) Anyone who dismisses Christ’s teaching, either by twisting what He says or through deliberate sinfulness, does not possess God. (John 14:21,23 // Titus 1:16 // 1 John 2:24 // 2 John 1:9)

Believers, even disciples, do sometimes turn from following Jesus. (John 6:66) Those once sanctified (Heb. 10:29), those once named the temple of the Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16,17), can and do fall away and get sent to Hell. (Same verses // Mt. 24:47-51) It happens because the times of testing were too hard for them (Luke 8:13), they were overcome again by something (v. 14 // 2 Peter 2:20 & 3:17), or they never would devote themselves to Christ completely, totally, and unashamedly. (Luke 9:23,24 & 12:8,9 // Rev. 3:5,16)

I wrote, “And what happens if someone, though he claims to be saved, is not willing to walk in those good works which God prepared for him to walk in? Is the man’s faith alone going to justify him before God? It is not. James 2:24 states it clearly: “You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.” Thus we see that the Word of God, contrary to what most of Christendom teaches, does not teach “salvation by faith alone”.

James 2:24 is just one of the numerous verses which false teachers of “Faith Alone” ignore. They actually ignore the whole passage of verses 14-26, thus missing the warning of this Truth. James is talking about salvation and how truly believing, or how claiming to have faith, but having “no deeds”, will not save a person. (v. 14,19) Verse 17 tells us that “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” The point is repeated in verse 26 and “dead faith” is emphatically emphasized by comparing it with the deadness of a body that is void of its spirit, finishing with, “…so faith without deeds is dead.” How can it be any clearer? Verse 20 states that “faith without deeds is worthless”, meaning worthless in God’s sight and thus worthless in acquiring salvation. Therefore, as verse 22 informs us, faith is made complete (acquires its goal) by what we do. “Do”. How we act. What type of works we have –God-pleasing or not.

As I pointed out, Jesus taught the same thing. As He says in Mt. 19:17, “If you wish to enter Life, keep the commandments.” “Keep” is about doing. Jesus is referring to works, deeds, action, behavior, conduct, and this also entails attitude, words, motives, and thoughts. It is about doing those works which are in line with God’s commands. Lack of obedience to God –lack of following His commands to do right– is rebellion, and this means, no salvation. (John 5:29 // Gal. 6:7,8 // Heb. 5:9 // 2 Thes. 1:8-10 // 1 John 2:3-6 & 3:6-10)

I also pointed out Jesus’ words in Mt. 7:21: “Not every one who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in Heaven.” I was reminding us all that the word “does” is about action (works) and that we must do them in the will of the Father. I emphasized this by saying, “Then in the next two verses (7:22,23) He [Jesus] reveals that works done outside of the will of the Father will result in eternal condemnation.”

Then I wrote, “Consequently, it is not hard, if we interpret Scripture with Scripture, (as we are supposed to always do), to recognize that human-inspired works and God-inspired works are not the same thing. The former is worthless to walk in, while the latter we are required to walk in.” I’m not sure if you, at my comment page today, meant to affirm my article or were trying to correct me. If the latter, maybe you missed several of my statements..?

I summed up that paragraph with this: “Even a child can understand that when God offered us, through Christ, the undeserved gift of salvation, our part is to believe, bow our knee to the King, repent of our sins, and turn away from disobedience to obedience.” Obedience and disobedience (toward God) is about works –works that, in God’s sight, are either good or bad.

I also wrote this paragraph:

“Jesus has told us that we must love God fervently and that this is the first and greatest commandment. (Mt. 22:37,38) And what is love for God? 1 John 5:3 tells us: “This is love for God: to obey His commands.” Jesus, who is God in bodily form (Col. 2:9) demands the same. As He says in John 14:15, “If you love Me, My commandments you will keep.” And in verse 23, “If anyone loves Me, My Word he will keep.” To keep means to obey, follow, adhere to, commit to, perform, and carry out. It is about action. It is about obedience. This is what true faith produces (Rom. 1:5) and it is a continuous obedience (Luke 9:23) and a total loyalty to Christ. (14:27,33)”

So again I point out what God’s Word has clearly told us: That we remain in union with Christ through doing that which is right (John 15:6,10 // 1 John 2:24,25,28,29 & 3:24) and that this doing, this work, this behavior of Christ-likeness, is the obedience which comes from faith and which causes a person to walk, without rebelling, in God’s previously-prepared plans, thus achieving for that person the goal / the final result, which is salvation. (Rom. 6:16-18,22 & 8:4,29 // 1 Peter 1:2,5,9)

God’s Word does not teach the doctrine of “Faith Alone”. This should be abundantly clear to anyone who is studying the Scriptures objectively.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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