Faith Alone

posted Jun 3, 2012, 7:14 PM by Hector Falcon   [ updated Mar 10, 2016, 3:21 AM ]
The Reformation was a culturally revolutionary event. It literally changed the face of European culture since it openly confronted the power of the Roman Catholic Church. The defining issue revolved around church authority and whether it could have the final say regarding the issue of faith and works as a requirement for salvation. Luther, as well as many other Bible scholars at the time, were in disagreement regarding the role of works in the salvation formula being presented by the Roman Catholic Church. 

The question of the relationship between faith and works has also risen when it comes to developing a biblical worldview. This is especially important when we evaluate the motivation that an individual may have regarding their involvement in redemptive service. 

We believe, like Luther, that the individual is saved by placing their trust in the finished work of Christ at the cross. There is nothing a person can do to earn their salvation. However, once a person understands the Gospel, they will of their own appreciation for what Christ has done for them, respond in a way that manifests works that express their  appreciation to God. The key is to not get the cart before the horse. Works will follow conversion. Works are not combined with faith to attain redemption. The works follow in gratitude for the redemptive act by God.

 
 

Faith Alone

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