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"By Faith Only?"

Larry Ray Hafley

Many in the religious world preach and proclaim, "Salvation is by faith only." If that is true, note 1 Corinthians 13:2. Paul said, "If I have all faith , so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing." If, as some allege, salvation is "by faith only," why would one who lacks love be "nothing" since he has "all faith"? The fact that one who lacks love is "nothing" shows that salvation is "not by faith only" (Jas. 2:24).

"He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love" (1 Jn. 4:8). One may have "all faith" and yet not know God. Since love is required, salvation cannot be "by faith only." Only those who have love are "born of God" and know him (1 Jn. 4:7). Hence, salvation is "not by faith only."

If a farmer raises "corn only," he does not also raise cotton. Once he begins to raise cotton, we may no longer say that he raises "corn only." Likewise, if we add love to the requirement of faith in order to know God, then salvation is "not by faith only."

Faith does not work alone. Faith works through love, by love (Gal. 5:6). This faith working through love keeps God's commandments (1 Cor. 7:19). "And hereby we do know we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth is word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him" (1 Jn. 2:3-5).

Without "faith which worketh through love," a man is "nothing." His faith is "dead, being alone" (Jas. 2:17). So, salvation is "not by faith only" (Jas. 2:24).

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