Sunday, November 26, 2006

Some Are Taking the Bible At Its Word & Teaching That We're Not Saved By Faith Alone

This is number 5 in my Sola Fide Smackdown Series following: Sola Fide I | Sola Fide II | Sola Fide III | Sola Fide IV

Bible.org hosts the New English Translation. From what I've been told (from reputable sources) this is one of the best modern versions available. Apparently they had some of the top Greek scholars in the world on this project. Unfortunately they seem to have spent all their money on Greek expertise as their exegesis is a little.. let's just say questionable...

From this article:

It is not simply faith alone in Christ alone, but faith plus some work. This is precisely what the religious Jews were doing in the time of Christ and the apostles. They were seeking to add religious works such as circumcision.
Hmm... was it the Jews who were trying to 'add' circumcision? Apparently they forgot to read the OT in which God Himself by His own lips commanded that Abraham circumcize.
This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised.(1)
You cannot fault the Jews for trying to keep the Law. They were commanded to do so under penalty of death by God Himself. The entire issue is this: man cannot keep the Law. Therefore works of the Law are not enough to get you to heaven which is what Paul emphasized over and over. Paul emphatically states that faith is necessary for salvation. (Remember neither he nor anyone ever says faith alone or only faith.) He also says works will not get you to heaven. For more on that topic and a pretty good explanation of Catholic teaching on that subject, see this article.

In another article from bible.org I had copied a while ago it quotes James 2:24
“You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.”
Then goes on to say:
Someone might say that this passage teaches that justification is not by faith alone, but by works as well.
Hah! Now where would someone get that impression from? Hmm.....That second article has since been removed or I'm just unable to locate it. Wish I still had the link.

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