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					“Faith Only” - A Popular Doctrine
―…we are justified by faith only, is a most wholesome
doctrine and full of comfort.‖ (Article IX; Meth. Discipline)
(A) That justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of
eternal life, on principles of righteousness;
(B) That it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of
righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith
in the Redeemer's blood His righteousness is imputed to us.
We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, including
repentance, is the only condition of salvation.
(Doctrine Statement: Baptist Church;
       “Faith Only” Not New!
21 …receive with meekness the implanted word,
which is able to save your souls.
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only,
deceiving yourselves….
25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty
and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a
doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he
does. (James 1)
           “Faith Only” Not New!
15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food,
16 and one of you says to them, ―Depart in peace, be
warmed and filled,‖ but you do not give them the things which
are needed for the body, what does it profit?
17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
18 But someone will say, ―You have faith, and I have works.‖
Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you
my faith by my works.
19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the
demons believe—and tremble!
20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without
works is dead? (James 2)
           “Faith Only” Not New!
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he
offered Isaac his son on the altar?
22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works,
and by works faith was made perfect?
23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, ―Abraham
  Therefore, to him who knows to
believed God, and it was accounted to him for do good
righteousness.‖ And he was called the friend of God.
and does not do it, to him it is sin.                  (James
24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not
by faith only.              4:17)
25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works
when she received the messengers and sent them out
another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without
works is dead also. (James 2)
Steps of Salvation
                     Blood                         Water
Baptized            Rev. 1:5        Washes       Acts 22:16
                    Mt. 26:28       Remits        Acts 2:38

   Salvation        Heb 9:14       Cleanses      1 Pet. 3:21
  Gal. 3:26-27                             Salvation
                                    Baptized – Mk. 16:16
                           Confess – Matt. 10:32
                   Repent – Lk. 13:3; Acts 17:30
           Believe – Mk. 16:16; Jn. 8:24
  Hear – Mk. 16:15; Rom. 10:17
Billy Graham vs. the Apostle Peter
 ―You may know that we urge immediate and
 extensive Bible study for each convert. As the
 Scripture is reviewed, the place of baptism will surely
 be discovered. If baptism were a requirement for
 salvation, we would certainly say that. But you
 couldn't support that knowing, for example, that the
 thief on the cross had no opportunity for baptism or
Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you--
 church membership. Yet on his confession, paradise
not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an
 was secured. Jesus said to him, ‗Today shalt thou be
appeal to God for a good conscience--through the
 with me in paradise.‘ (Luke 23:43)‖
resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:21).
 Billy Graham vs. the Apostle Paul
 ―It (baptism) also is a sign that Jesus has now
 washed do you delay? Get up and of baptized,
Now why away all your sins. Think be it: You
and wash away your sins, calling on His name.
 have been cleansed of every sin you've ever
(Acts 22:16). because of what Jesus Christ did
 on the cross for you! You aren't saved
 because of anything you have done; you are
 saved only because you have put your faith
 and trust in Christ and what He has already
 done for you.‖ (
 Saving Faith Doesn’t Stop at Baptism
             Faith   Therefore, brethren, be all
                +    the more diligent to make
                +    certain about His calling and
       Knowledge     choosing you; for as long as
                +    you practice these things,
                 +   you will never stumble; for in
     Perseverance    this way the entrance into
                 +   the eternal kingdom of our
                 +   Lord and Savior Jesus
Brotherly Kindness
                     Christ will be abundantly
                 +   supplied to you (2 Pet. 1:10-11).
            Faith Can Be Seen!
18 Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was
paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Him.
19 And when they could not find how they might bring him in,
because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let
him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before
20 When He saw their faith, He said… (Luke 13)

But Simon answered and said to Him, ―Master, we have toiled
all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will
let down the net.‖ (Lk. 5:5).
 Saving Faith Seen in Actions!
…even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because
of the Pharisees they did not confess Him… (Jn. 12:42)

Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and
that day about three thousand souls were added to them.
(Acts 2:41)

Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was
provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over
to idols. Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with the
Jews and with the Gentile worshipers, and in the marketplace
daily with those who happened to be there. (Acts 17:16-17)
 Saving Faith Seen in Actions!
 13 Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I
often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now),
that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among
the other Gentiles. 14 I am a debtor both to Greeks and to
barbarians, both to wise and to unwise. 15 So, as much as is
in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in
Rome also.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the
power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the
Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness
of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ―The just
shall live by faith.‖ (Romans 1)
        We Must Battle Apathy
Apathy: state of mind that is without feeling or
emotion; a lack of interest.
Therefore, my brethren, self-deceived about ourdeadcondition
- Makes us lukewarm & you also have become real to the
law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to
before God (Rev. 3:17).
another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we
should bear fruit to God. (Rom. have become wealthy, and
-Because you say, “I am rich, 7:4)
  Renders us barren and we bring forth no fruit unto God
 have My of nothing”—and do
(Rom. needJohn 15:8; Mk. 4:19). you bear much fruit; areyou
By this7:4; Father is glorified, that not know that you so
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your
 wretched, miserable, poor,
will be My disciples. (Jn. 15:8)blind, and naked…
good works and glorify your Father in our brethren (1 Cor. 5:6).
- Causes us to be a bad influence on heaven. (Mt. 5:16)
…the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the
- World notices; therefore, hinders the conversion wholeit
…Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the of lost souls
desires for other things entering in choke the word, and
lump? (1 Cor. 5:6).
(Matt. 5:16).
becomes unfruitful. (Mk. 4:19)
       We Must Battle Apathy
7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for
whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap
corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the
Spirit reap everlasting life.
9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in
due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good
to all, especially to those who are of the household of
faith. (Gal. 6)
        We Must Battle Apathy
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who
comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a
rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Heb. 11:6)

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your
faith virtue (2 Pet. 1:5)

And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence
to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not
become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and
patience inherit the promises. (Heb. 6:11-12)
             Causes of Apathy
 • Materialism, Affluence (Lk. 12:13-15)
Then one from the crowd said to Him, ―Teacher, tell my
  • Worldliness (Jas. 4:4; Gal. 5:19; Matt. 12:30)
brother to divide the inheritance with me.‖ But He said to him,
Adulteresses! Do you judge or an arbitrator over you?‖ And
―Man, who made Me anot know that friendship with the world
  • Evil with God? Whoever therefore of covetousness, for
He said to them, ―Take (1 Cor. bewareProv. 13:20)
is enmitycompanions heed and15:33;wants to be a friend of
the world does not consist inenemy of God. (Jas. 4:4)
one‘s life makes himself an the abundance good habits.‖he
Do not be deceived: ―Evil company corrupts of the things
  • Absence
Now the worksfrom God‘s people (Heb. 10:24-25)
possesses.‖ (Lk. 12:13-15) are evident, which are: adultery,
(1 Cor. 15:33) of the flesh
fornication, uncleanness, lewdness (Gal. 5:19)the truth? This
And let well. with one men will be wise, But
Youwhous considerhindered you from obeying the companion
He ran walksWho wise another in order to stir up love and
  • Gossip,
of who is notBackbiting, Murmuring (1of who 10:10)
good works, with Me is againstHim who Cor. does
             does not come from 13:20)
persuasion be destroyed. the assembling calls you. A little
Hefools will not forsaking (Prov. Me, and he ourselves not
leaven leavensthe mannerlump. (Gal. 5:7-9)
together, as is the whole of some, but exhorting one another,
gather with Me scatters abroad. (Matt. 12:30)
Nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were
  • so much the more not working Day 5:7-9)
andOther Christians as you see the(Gal.approaching. (Heb.
destroyed by the destroyer. (1 Cor. 10:10)
                Apathy Destroys
• Kills Personal Bible Study (2 Tim. 2:15)
• Kills Prayer & Reliance Upon God (Lk. 18:1)
• Kills Desire To:
   – Visit the sick (Matt. 25:36)
   – Do personal evangelism (Acts 8:4)
   – Faithfully attend services (Heb. 10:25)
   – Heartily participate in the services
• Kills desire to give generously (2 Cor. 9:6-7)
• Weakens the Preaching of the Gospel (Isa. 30:9-11)
• Discourages the Work of the Church (Eph. 4:11-15)
 Busy Working in the Vineyard
• Rom. 12:7-15    • Attend services, meetings
• Heb. 3:13       • Teach classes
• Heb. 10:23-25   • Study for class
• Matt. 5:6-16    • Invite others to services
• 1 Pet. 2:2-5    • Show hospitality
• Matt. 25        • Visit, call the weak brethren
• 2 Pet. 1:5-11   • Visit the sick, elderly, etc.
• 2 Pet. 3:18     • Open homes for Bible studies
• 2 Tim. 2:15     • Lead in services
• 1 Pet. 4:9      • Help around the building
  Places for the Faithful & the Lazy
For I am already being poured      And cast the unprofitable
out as a drink offering, and the   servant into the outer
time of my departure is at
                                   darkness. There will be
Be faithful until death,
I have fought the good fight, I
have finished the race, I have
                                   weeping and gnashing of
                                   teeth. (Matt. 25:30)
kept the faith.                    And seeing a fig tree by the
and I will give you the
Finally, there is laid up for me
the crown of righteousness,
                                   road, He came to it and found
                                   nothing on it but leaves, and

crown of life. (Rev. 2:10)
which the Lord, the righteous
Judge, will give to me on that
Day, and not to me only but
                                   said to it, ―Let no fruit grow on
                                   you ever again.‖ Immediately
                                   the fig tree withered away.
also to all who have loved His
                                   (Mt. 21:19)
appearing. (2 Tim. 4:6-8)

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