Faith Alone vs. Faith plus works of God
Lately, I’ve heard a lot of talk regarding faith, the works of God and the works of man coming from the —Salvation by Faith Alone crowd.
Before I go on I would like to define —Salvation by Faith Alone.
“Any work or effort, done by anyone to reach God or to attain a relationship with Him, is completely without merit and unable to satisfy any requirement necessary for a relationship with God at all. Said efforts will leave one devoid of God and not in a relationship with Him at all and this being no matter how one thinks or feels. Therefore, absolutely nothing a person can do within and by one’s own ability can be of use to attain God.”
This doctrine is primarily derived from two verses.
Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit
“Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” —Jesus (Matthew 12:31-32 ESV)
“Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.” —Jesus (Mark 3:28-29 NIV)
When I first heard about blaspheme of the Holy Spirit a chill ran down my spine and twinge of pain also ran through my heart as I asked myself in angst, “What if I blasphemed the Holy Spirt already? Is there any hope for me? Am I lost forever?” (more…)