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The Error of Faith Alone

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At the cornerstone of modern Christian teaching is frequently the doctrine that salvation is by faith alone. However, many of the scriptures I gave in my last post assert that there are requirements for salvation beyond simply having faith, such as baptism, performing miracles, and righteousness. That’s flying dangerously close to what some would consider heretical -- preaching that salvation is obtained through works. The scriptures in support of salvation by faith and not by works seem to be plentiful. So is the there an error in the faith alone doctrine, or are all the scriptures I presented last time somehow wrong? Let's take a look at the faith alone argument in detail and see if we can get all this sorted out.
Are we justified by faith alone? One of the classic Bible passages upholding the importance of faith is Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may …
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