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Faith & Works: Contradiction or Harmony?

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Faith & Works: Contradiction or Harmony?
FAITH AND WORKS:
Harmony or
Contradiction?
Modern Brethren
• “It is a scandalous
and outrageous lie to
teach that salvation
arises from human
activity of any sort.
We do not contribute
one whit to our
salvation.”
– Rubel Shelly, Randall
Harris: The Second
Incarnation, pg.207
Modern Brethren
• “In the New Testament, it
is the person of Jesus we
are anxious to obey, not
a code of law. And we see
His will revealed not
only His commands.
They are really very few.
But it is nature which is
amply revealed by
numerous narratives of
His relationship with
people and the Father.”
– Lynn Anderson,
Firm Foundation
Max Lucado
• “The Bible is a love
letter as opposed to a
blueprint. You don’t
read a love letter the
same way you read a
blueprint…For me, for
years, Christianity was
a moral code. It is now
becoming a love affair.
For years there were
rules and regulations,
now it’s a relationship.”
Martin Luther
• “Faith alone, without
works, justifies before
God.”
• Rejected the book of
James as inspired
because of emphasis
on “works.”
Griffin and Woods
Debate
• “The scriptures teach
that the alien sinner
comes into possession
of spiritual or eternal
life, without any
condition on his, the
sinner’s, part.”
– Affirm—G.E. Griffin
– Deny—Guy N. Woods
Statements in
Creeds
• “Wherefore, that we
are justified by faith
only is a most
wholesome doctrine,
and very full of
comfort.”
• “Justification is solely
through faith in
Christ.”
Contradictory
Teaching
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Romans 3:20
Romans 3:28
Romans 4:5
Romans 5:1
James 2:24-26
– Can these passages be
reconciled?
– Faith or works?
Scriptural
Harmony
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Deuteronomy 8:3
Matthew 4:4
Psalm 119:160
2 Timothy 3:16,17
2 Peter 1:20,21
1 Corinthians 2:9-13
– All scriptures are from
the same origin—God!
Contributing
Factors
• The passages are not
understood or read in
their true contexts.
• The subject is
approached with
preconceived notions
and beliefs.
Faith Is Necessary
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Romans 10:17
2 Corinthians 5:7
John 1:12
John 8:21-24
Mark 16:16
Divine
Acts 10:43
Truth
John 3:36
Hebrews 11:6
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Works “not”
Necessary
Matthew 23:3-5
Acts 7:41
Romans 3:27; Eph 2:9
Romans 4:2,4
Galatians 2:16
2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:5
John 8:44,45
– They lead to spiritual
poverty!
Some Works
Necessary
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John 8:39,40
John 8:47-51
James 2:21-23
Divine
Romans 4:12
Truth
Acts 10:35
2 Corinthians 5:10
Romans 8:2
Galatians 5:6
Matthew 7:21
Faith and Works
Interrelated
• Response to God’s will
• No qualities of the
works to be avoided
• Works of obedience
condemned?
• James 2:17,18
Works and Merit
• Romans 4 and James 2
– Grace is the basis of
man’s relationship
with God
• God acted
• God forgave
• God gave the terms
of pardon
Romans 4
• Judaizers emphasized
being Abraham’s
descendants.
• Abraham came into
God’s service from
heathenism.
• He was justified
before circumcision.
• Works possess merit
if it be God’s will.
Divine/Human
Relations
• Abraham was reckoned
righteous.
• Flawless law keeping?
• Salvation is not a debt
God owes to man.
• Grace is necessary.
• Forgiveness of debt
needed to justify man
from sin.
Obedient Faith
• Faith is the basis on
which God determines
righteousness.
– Romans 4:5
– Romans 5:6-8
• Faith that acts in
obedience to God.
• Paul did not promote
“dead faith and no
works.”
James 2
• Proper sense of works
having some merit in
salvation too!
– Hebrews 11
– James 1:22
– Philippians 2:12
– Titus 2:11,12
– Matthew 7:21-23
– Ephesians 2:10
Concluding
Thoughts
• Saved by grace, faith,
and works
• Understanding
biblically and
consistently…
• Perfect Harmony
–Romans 4
–James 2
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