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Faith absolutely necessary, but not sufficient to salvation without good works.

Faith absolutely necessary, but not sufficient to salvation without good works.

In two sermons, preached at Christ-Church in Philadelphia, April 20, 1740.

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Published by Printed by Andrew and William Bradford at the sign of the Bible in Front Street in Philadelphia .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Whitefield, George, -- 1714-1770.,
  • Faith.,
  • Salvation.,
  • Great Awakening.

  • Edition Notes

    StatementBy Archibald Cummings, M.A. commisary [sic] to the Bishop of London, &c. ; Published in their own vindication, from the false and rash reflections of the famous Mr. Whitefield. ; [Four lines in Latin from St. Cyprian]
    SeriesEarly American imprints -- no. 4499.
    The Physical Object
    FormatMicroform
    Paginationxvi, 38 p.
    Number of Pages38
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL14593167M

    Hence, we conclude our salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, but that faith without works is indeed dead, as true faith inevitably produces good works. We just think that those good works don’t really contribute to our justification, which we hold is . Good works alone do not merit salvation. No one can "buy" heaven with enough good works, or good enough motives. The ticket to heaven is not being nice or sincere or good enough; the ticket to heaven is the Blood of Christ, and faith is the acceptance of that free gift. But the [Catholic] Church insists that good works are necessary too.

      Heaven cannot be reached without good works (Heb. ; Rev. ), which it is such good news that he who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it (Phil. ). To insist on the necessity of good works is not to become a legalist or a neonomian.   Faith is central to Christianity. The New Testament repeatedly calls people to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. There is a definite body of content to be believed, which is part and parcel of our religious activity. At the time of the Reformation, the debate involved the nature of saving faith. What is saving faith? The idea of justification by faith alone suggests to many people a thinly.

    Reasons Why Water Baptism is Not Necessary to be Saved. Thesis: We are saved by the grace (gift) of God through a living faith, via the agency (baptism) of the Holy Spirit because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Water baptism is a most important part of the Christian life. Since the earliest days, baptism has been consistently practiced by Christians to confirm their faith.   United to Christ by faith alone, enjoying God’s being one hundred percent for us, and walking in practical obedience by faith in his future grace (2 Corinthians ), not self-reliance (Hebrews ; Philippians –13), we “serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians ), and “make it our aim to please the Lord” (2 Corinthians


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Faith absolutely necessary, but not sufficient to salvation without good works. In two sermons, preached at Christ-Church in Philadelphia, Ap / By Archibald Cummings, M.A.

commisary [sic] to the Bishop of London, &c. ; Published in their own vindication, from the false and rash reflections of the famous Mr. Whitefield. Faith absolutely necessary, but not sufficient to salvation without good works.: In two sermons, preached at Christ-Church in Philadelphia, Ap But good works, as necessary to salvation, are not prescribed in the gospel, which is not conversant about works, but only about faith in Christ, John and ; Romans andseeing the law is the doctrine of works, the gospel the doctrine of faith, Romans ; Galatians 8.

Submitting to Christ as Lord of your life may follow salvation, but it is not a necessary aspect of saving faith, according to this error. Ephesians succinctly answers both of these errors.

Here St. Paul teaches that through good works, or continuing to “sow to the Spirit,” we will be rewarded with eternal life, but only if we persevere.

Works in Ephesians For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God – not because of works. nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.

Galatians   There are two types of faith in the Scriptures that lead to salvation: an intellectual faith and a trusting faith (heart faith).

In John we see a clear illustration of these two types of faith. In verse 47 the man exercised historical faith when he heard that Jesus had come into Galilee, and he.

If a person claims to be a believer, but has no good works in his/her life, then he/she likely does not have genuine faith in Christ (James17, 20, 26). Paul says the same thing in. Salvation is indeed based upon faith alone (Galatians7).

But then faith, as it turns out, is something like a two-sided coin. If you’ve been reading your New Testament, you will have noticed that the apostles (especially Paul) make it clear that we do not “earn” our way into heaven by doing good deeds or giving up sinful behaviors.

Salvation + Faith = Works. The Non-Christian equation: Faith + Works = Salvation. The question is not whether someone performs good works, but why someone performs good works.

Both Christian and non-Christian believers have a place for good works in their respective equations. Works are not missing from the Christian calculation.

So belief in God and having living faith in Him is vital to pleasing God and receiving His gift of salvation. And salvation is God's gift by grace, as Ephesians Ephesians [8] For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.

If to follow Christ it is necessary to deny oneself, and if following Christ is necessary for salvation (which it is), then self-denial is necessary for salvation. Since self-denial is a work, then at least this work is necessary for salvation.

Consequently, the proposition “Faith alone” fails. We are justified by works, not by "faith only" (v24). Faith without works will not save, nor will works without faith. Both faith and works must operate together (v).

Only then do we have faith. James What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works. Can that faith save him. Can that faith save him. If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that.

Romans ,10 - With the heart man believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation. Note that faith alone is not enough. Here is a physical act that must be done with the mouth to be saved - one must confess.

To deny we must do anything to be saved is to deny confession is necessary. James asks, "What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works.

Can faith save him?" We answer without hesitation that such 'faith' is dead and cannot save. If faith is real and living, it is always accompanied by good works. In this sense good works are necessary. Ephesians two, eight and nine, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves as a gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast.” The first eight verses that lead up to verse nine, if my math is correct, the first eight verses talk about, go back to verse one.

Faith and Works 16 If one of you tells him, “Go in peace; stay warm and well fed,” but does not provide for his physical needs, what good is that.

17 So too, faith by itself, if it does not result in action, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. In other words, good works come from people who have real faith and therefore, good works are proof of genuine faith, so if a person has no good works then there is no proof that they are a real believer in Jesus and must not believe (James17, 20, 26).

Paul makes similar statements in his writings. First of all, good works are absolutely crucial and are, indeed, necessary for salvation because God requires good works to save anybody. Those good works are supplied and provided by Christ, who in His perfect humanity earned the infinite merit of God—the reward of which is the very basis of my salvation.

Good works do not produce salvation. Good works are the product of salvation. Jesus said to His followers, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew ).This "faith", though prompted by the will, is an act of the intellect.

Though necessary for salvation, it is not sufficient. Even the devils have this faith, as Saint James writes: "Do you believe that there is only one God? Good! The demons also believe — and tremble with fear" (James 2: 19). Mere renouncement of sin is not sufficient for the salvation of penitents, but fruits worthy of penance are also required of them (The Morals, 1, 3).

Ambrose (AD ) The writings of St. Ambrose, a Latin Father, would be very much akin to St. Paul. Ambrose taught that faith—not works that would lead one to boast—is necessary for salvation.