Faith Only

You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only” (James 2:24).

Jesus’ declaration that “what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15) has had many tragic proofs in history. A classic example of such is seen in the vast difference of perspective between uninspired men and God over the topic of “faith only”.

Like most, if not all, Protestantism, the Church of England (in its 11th Article of Religion) declares: “that we are justified by faith only is a most wholesome doctrine, and very full of comfort.” God’s inspired bond-servant James, however, found nothing wholesome, comforting, or justifying in faith only.

With how widely “faith only” is praised and proclaimed in today’s world, one would think that the New Testament has numerous references to “faith only”. Yet, when the text of Scripture has been translated honestly and accurately, it only occurs once—in James 2:24.

Though the doctrine of “faith only” is highly esteemed among men, it is an abomination in God’s sight.

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Author: jchowning

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