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"FAITH ONLY" TEXTS IN CONTEXT - Part 3

James speaks emphatically on the matter of faith, "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well; the devils also believe, and tremble" (Jas. 2:19). Hence, if a person "merely believes" he does no more than the devils do. He cannot be saved. But since the Bible teaches that some believers (a) are saved; (b) have eternal life; and (c) will not come into condemnation, and since the same Bible teaches that there are some believers who are unsaved, we must recognize that there is a faith which saves and at the same time a faith which does not save.

James Explanation
This problem is solved for us in the plainest and clearest kinds of terms in James 2. He says, "What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and 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? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone" (Jas. 2:14-17). This is truly an apt illustration. Those who claim to be saved by "faith only" and teach the doctrine of salvation by "faith only" could just as easily feed the hungry and clothe the naked without giving them the things needful as they could be saved without doing the things required.

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Franklin T. Puckett
Reprinted from The Gospel Guardian


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