Saturday, July 31, 2004
I've had a few people try to explain to me that I'm not a real Christian because I don't believe in salvation by faith alone. I love the twisted definitions of "Christian" that people contrive to justify their prejudice. Latter-day Saint doctrine definitely teaches of the essential nature of faith in Christ and that it is only by the merits of Christ that we are saved, but we are not taught that God does everything and that nothing is required from us, or that the only requirement for salvation is faith alone, a faith that is given to us by God totally apart from any agency or effort on our part. I find it interesting that some people would use "faith alone" or "faith only" as a key criterion for being Christian, when Christ taught no such thing (see "if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments" - Matt. 19:17, alone with many other scriptures dealing with salvation). Even more interesting, the only time the phrase "faith only" or "faith alone" occurs in the Bible, as far as I know, is in James 2:24, which expressly denies the modern man-made doctrine of salvation by faith alone: "Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only." I hope some of our critics will reconsider their position.
Posted by Jeff Lindsay at 9:20 AM