Devoted to the Propagation and Defense of New Testament Christianity
December 10, 1964

Is Salvation By Faith Only?

Carroll R. Sutton

Many major denominations teach that salvation or justification is by "faith only." We can read in the Standard Manual For Baptist Churches on page 62 that justification is "solely through faith in Christ." Likewise in the Discipline of the Methodist Church on page 27 we read, "Wherefore, that we are justified by faith only is a most wholesome doctrine, and very full of comfort." Do you believe these statements that are found in these human creed books? If so, you do not believe the precious words of inspiration because they contradict these human doctrines. James, an inspired man of God said, "Ye see then how that by works a man is justified and NOT BY FAITH ONLY." (James 2:24). Which will you accept? James, an inspired man of God, or the above mentioned human creeds? You cannot possibly accept both. Your actions will show which one you really accept!

There are many verses in God's Word that teach we are saved by faith. (Consider John 3:16, 3:36; Rom. 5:1; John 5:29). I want to emphasize this point! The New Testament of Jesus Christ certainly teaches that we are saved by faith! I believe this with all of my heart! But there is not one verse in all of God's Word that teaches we are saved by faith only! If you know of a verse that you think teaches "salvation by faith only" please let me know about it: I'll be happy to give immediate and serious consideration to it.

Dear reader, if salvation is by faith only, that would exclude repentance, which Acts 11:18 says is "unto life." It would exclude confession which the Apostle Paul says is "unto salvation." (Rom. 10:9-10). It would also exclude baptism which the Word of God says is "for the remission of sins." (Acts 22:16), is to put one "into one body," (I Cor. 12:13) is to put one "into Christ," (Gal. 3:27), and is to "save us." (I Pet. 3:21). Are you willing to accept all of the Word of God relative to what God says is essential to our salvation? Remember, we will be judged by His Word in the last day. (See John 12:48).

If salvation is by faith only, the chief rulers of John 12:42-43 who would not confess Christ will be saved. Also will the Jews of John 8:31-44 who were children of the devil. Even the demons of James 2:19 will be saved IF salvation is by faith only! Do you really believe the devils will be saved? If not, you don't really believe that salvation is by faith only!

We plead with you, if you are lost, to "obey the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ." It is the power of God unto salvation. (Consider I Pet. 4:17-18; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Rom. 1:16). If your faith is not strong enough to move you in obedience to the truth, you will be lost eternally! (John 8:32; I Pet. 1:22; Rom. 6:17-18).

"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." (Rom. 10:17).

— Peoria, Illinois