Aren’t we saved by faith alone as St Paul says in Romans 3:28?

 

When St. Paul Says, “For we consider that a person is justified by faith apart from works of the law,” he is teaching that the works of the OT Mosaic law, such as circumcision, could not bring salvation.  In the NT, faith does bring salvation, provided it is made alive by charity.  Saving faith is active:  it is “faith working through love.”

In 1 Cor 13:2, St. Paul tells us that faith without love (charity) is nothing (it cannot save).  Charity means love of God, and Jesus says that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments.  When the rich man asks Jesus what he must do to be saved, Jesus answers:  “keep the commandments.”  Thus it is clear from Scripture that faith alone is not enough for salvation.  We must also have charity and keep God’s commandments.

St. James condemns the idea that we are saved aby faith apart from good works:  “See how a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.  …For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.”

The Catholic Church teaches that we are saved by God’s grace alone.  Grace enables us to have the saving faith that works in love.  All good works must be done in the grace of God to have any supernatural value.

 

What are your thoughts about faith?  Please explain below.

 

4 thoughts on “Saved by Faith alone?

  1. I once heard a Pastor who was preaching on faith at my church say that when you go to sit on a chair you don’t test it by edging yourself slowing onto it. You just ‘believe’ that the chair will hold you as it was meant for that purpose.
    Faith to me is believing in the purpose of something/someone that you hold to be true.

    Many times I have heard people say “I have faith in you”. To me that means that they trust that you are going to fulfill whatever it is that they have aligned to you.

    Concerning the church,Grace is God’s way of pardoning us for our sins – not dealing with us the way we ought to be dealt with. That is God’s part in our salvation.

    God’s Riches At Christs Expense G.R.A.C.E

    We need to have faith in Him to believe that He is The Only Way. Through our love and our actions, we display our faith towards Him.

    God bless.

    1. Thanks so much Jacqueline for the great comment.

      Interesting story that your pastor told you. 

      Grace may mean different things to each of us but we both know without it we are week and useless.  

      Please come back to leave more comments anytime you want. 

      Thanks

      God Bless

      Bob

  2. I’m glad to see you upholding the truth that faith alone will not save anyone. The “faith only” doctrine, is a doctrine of devils. It can only lead a person to be lost eternally, because it ignores the way we live our lives. “Faith only” is the lazy person’s way. Hebrews 5:9 tells us; And having been made perfect, He became the author of salvation to all those who OBEY Him.” Obeying Christ, is doing what He tells us to do. “The devils believe and tremble!” James 2:19. Thanks for the article.

    1. Thanks Jim, for the comment.
      Yes, it takes more than just faith. As I say, it takes the faith and more to be saved, we must do our part as we journey here on earth.
      Thanks for this comment, your comments are welcomed anytime.
      God Bless
      Bob

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