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Advocates of the "faith only" theory of salvation rely much on the gospel of John to sustain them in their false doctrine. They read all the passages in this book on faith, and conclude that faith is the only thing that is either necessary or even important. For instance, Jesus said, "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up. That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:14-16).

And again, "He that believeth on him is not condemned, but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God" (verse 18). The same chapter tells us, "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life and he that believeth not on the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him" (verse 36).

Denominational preachers gather these passages (and many others like them) together, and declare that salvation is by faith only. But let us emphasize that there is not one word in a single one of these passages that hints of salvation by faith only. All of them speak of salvation by faith?but none of salvation by faith only.

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Franklin T. Puckett
Reprinted from The Gospel Guardian


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