What Kind of Faith is Required for SALVATION?
I came across this booklet over forty years ago.
It was certainly an eye opener for me.
I am reproducing it hoping it will be of help to others.
Tom Justus, Minister
Church of God, Sabbath Day
Do you know millions who actually believe in Jesus Christ have no salvation at all...
because they trust in the wrong kind of faith?
N0 SUBJECT pertaining to Christian salvation is
more generally misunderstood than that of saving FAITH!
Just "BELIEVE in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou
shalt be saved," is the popular teaching today. And that statement is absolutely
true-if you understand what kind of BELIEVING is required! Unfortunately
millions are being deceived-led to trust in a faith that will never save
one single soul by a very popular and very false teaching. It is customary
to quote only a PART of the Scriptures on this subject-reading a false
meaning into them-and thus by subtle half-truths popular teachings shackle
most of Christendom to spiritual blindness and deceptions.
Do These Scriptures Contradict?
God does not usually reveal all the truth respecting
a particular subject in any one passage alone. "Whom shall He teach
knowledge? and whom shall He make to understand doctrine? ... Precept must
be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line;
here a little and there a little." (Isa. 28:9-10).
To understand any general subject in the Bible,
it is necessary to view all the scriptural evidence touching that particular
subject. And we cannot read our inherited or desired meaning into any particular
passage; for "no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation,"(2Pet.
1:20), but each passage is interpreted by, and in the light of,
For example. It is quite popular to quote Romans 3:20: "Therefore
by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight,"
and from this passage alone assume that salvation comes by faith in disobedience
to God's law! Those who thus interpret this passage never tell you that
in Romans 2:13 the same Apostle Paul was inspired to write: "Not the
hearers of the law are just before God, but the DOERS of the law shall
Is there contradiction here? If the one Scripture is
intended to reveal that we do not have to make an effort to obey God's
Law to be justified and then saved-but that we are saved by faith without
obedience to God's Law, then, indeed, God contradicts Himself in His Word!
And if you wish to make Romans 3:20 say that, you must consistently acknowledge
there is contradiction in the Scriptures; and if this be true, you have
no basis for your faith!
Again, Ephesians 2:8-9: "By grace are ye saved
through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of
works, lest any man should boast." But those who quote this text so
freely to teach the doctrine of "no works," never tell you that the same
inspired Scriptures say also:
"What doth it profit, my brethren, though
a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? . . .
Even so FAITH, if it hath not works, IS DEAD, being alone ... I will show
thee my faith BY my works. Thou BELIEVEST that there is one God; thou doest
well: the devils also believe, AND tremble. But wilt thou know, 0 vain
man, that faith without works IS DEAD."(James 2:14-20)
There is no contradiction here!
Rather, by putting all the Scriptures on the
subject of "Saving Faith" together, we learn that there are TWO KINDS of
faith. And the kind so blindly trusted in by the majority of this day is
nothing but a DEAD faith-and a DEAD faith never will save one soul! Notice!
Jas. 2:20. "Faith without works is DEAD'~-just a DEAD faith.
continues: "Was not Abraham our father JUSTIFIED by works, when he offered
Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how FAITH wrought with his works,
and BY WORKS was faith made perfect? ... You see then how that BY WORKS
A MAN IS JUSTIFIED, and not by faith only?" (James 2:21-24).
Then are we saved by works instead of faith? No, NEVER! We are saved by
FAITH! But faith wrought with our works and BY WORKS, our FAITH is MADE
PERFECT! That is LIVING FAITH!
Why do we even need salvation? Because we have
SINNED, and the penalty of sin is DEATH! But how have we sinned? What IS
sin, any how? "Sin is the transgression of THE LAW," is God's answer
(I John 3:4).
"Yes," answers the victim of modem fables, "But
we are not under the law today, but UNDER GRACE!" Why certainly! "What
then?" asks the inspired Paul, "shall we SIN"-(transgress the LAW)
- "because we are not under the law but under grace?" And Paul's
answer is, "GOD FORBID!" (Rom. 6:15). And again,
"Shall we continue in SIN" -(transgressing the law) - "That grace
may abound? GOD FORBID! How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer
therein? (Romans 6:1-2)
The law has a penalty-DEATH. It claims the life
of the one who transgresses it. The law has power to take the life of the
transgressor. It therefore is more powerful than the sinner-and is OVER
the sinner, holding a claim on his life. It is the SINNER who is UNDER
the law. But when the sinner REPENTS of his transgression, and accepts
the sacrifice of Christ as payment of the penalty of the law, then he is
PARDONED-UNDER GRACE-the law no longer stands OVER him claiming his life.
It is those who are sinning that are UNDER the law! And those who, thru
repentance, obedience and FAITH have turned from disobedience and are,
thru faith, KEEPING the law, are the only ones who are UNDER GRACE!
God's Spiritual Mirror
Let us understand it! "By the deeds of the
law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight." No, certainly
not! That Scripture is 100% true, and there is no contradiction! You cannot
be justified BY the deeds of the law-not at all!
WHY? The last half of
this same verse gives the answer-why do most preachers never quote it?
"For by the law is the KNOWLEDGE of sin" (Rom 3:20).
The purpose of the law is not to forgive, to justify,
to wash away, to cleanse. Only THE BLOOD OF CHRIST can do that! Sin is
the transgression of the law that's what sin IS. The purpose of the law
is to tell us what sin is-to define it-to REVEAL it, so we can quit it.
All women ought to understand this. In every woman's handbag is a little
mirror. She knows what it is for. Every little while she takes out this
mirror and steals a glance at her face. Sometimes it reveals a speck of
dirt. And we might truthfully say, "by the use of these mirrors are no
dirty faces washed clean." You women understand what we mean! But do you
throw your mirrors away because by them your faces are not washed? Of course
not-what a silly question it seems, when applied to a MATERIAL case! And
if we ask you WHY your faces are not washed clean by your mirrors, you
answer: "Because by the mirror comes the KNOWLEDGE OF THE DIRT."
God's LAW is His spiritual mirror. We look into
it, and see the dirt on our hearts! But by looking at the law, or keeping
it, no dirt is WASHED from our hearts - only Christ's BLOOD can do that.
By the law comes the KNOWLEDGE OF SIN!
Listen to James explain it! "But
be ye DOERS OF the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man
beholding his natural face in a glass: for he beholdeth himself, and goeth
his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso
looketh into perfect LAW of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not
a forgetful hearer but a DOER of the work, this man shall be blessed in
his deed" (James 1:22-25).
Is It Possible to Keep the Law?
But argues the "no law" deceiver, "no man can
keep the Commandments. It is not humanly possible. Since FAITH has come,
we keep no law-faith has made it VOID."
Thus even "Satan himself is
transferred into an angel of LIGHT. Therefore it is no great thing if HIS
MINISTERS also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness-For such
are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the
apostles of CHRIST" (2 Cor. 11: 13-15).
"Do we then make void the law through faith?" comes the question, in inspired
Scripture-and the answer: "GOD FORBID: yea, we ESTABLISH THE LAW!"(Rom.
Yes, faith establishes the Law! By keeping it
is faith made PERFECT!
Yet, can we keep the Commandments? Is it possible?
Satan's "No Law" deceivers say NO! What is the PLAIN TRUTH?
A man came to Jesus and asked how to be saved.
The Saviour Himself replied, "If thou wilt enter into life, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS"(Mat.
19:17). "When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly
amazed, saying, 'Who then can be saved?' But Jesus beheld them and said
unto them, 'With men this is impossible; but with God, all things are possible'
There is Christ's
own answer! With men it IS impossible,-utterly impossible to really KEEP
His Commandments. But-here's the blessed truth WITH GOD, it is possible,
even to keep His Commandments. Do you begin to see it? IT TAKES FAITH!
Faith in the power of GOD! And, just as your own diligent effort coupled
with faith makes faith perfect, so faith coupled with your effort makes
PERFECT OBEDIENCE! The two go hand in hand. And you cannot have the one,
without the other!
A LIVING FAITH-the only kind that will SAVE-is an active
faith-one that TRUSTS GOD to make it possible to OBEY HIM-to live the true
Christian life-to KEEP His blessed Commandments!
Think! Could a just God
command men to do what it is IMPOSSIBLE to do? Or can we conceive of Jesus
as a smart-aleck young man who knew more than His FATHER, and who did away
with His Father's COMMANDMENTS? How absurd! Yet this is the popular conception
The Law is Eternal
God's Law is not a horrible monster! Just and
right laws are a terror only to the criminal-they are made to PROTECT the
good! God's law is PERFECT (Psalm 19:7), it is a SPIRITUAL
law, (Rom. 7:14), HOLY, and just, and good (Rom.
7:12). ALL His commandments are SURE, and stand fast FOREVER AND
EVER (Psalm 111:7-8). Don't you believe it, when men
tell you differently!
God's Law is, simply, LOVE! It is the perfect
way of life. Every particle of human suffering, unhappiness, misery and
death has come solely from its transgression! It was given to make man
HAPPY, and is the only philosophy of life that can do so! It came from
a God of LOVE, and LOVE is the fulfilling of the law!
But not YOUR own natural love! It requires
"the love of GOD, shed abroad in our hearts BY THE HOLY GHOST." (Rom.
5:5). God has, and will give you the love that will fulfill His
law. And so, praise His blessed Name!-it is possible, through FAITH, and
the GIFT of God's Holy Spirit, for man to keep His Commandments! And whoever
claims differently, God calls a plain LIAR (I John 2:4).
The true Commandment-keeper is forced to trust
God to make obedience possible. And thus faith does not void, but establishes
the Law! And to keep the law requires FAITH!
A thrilling example of this eternal truth is recorded
in the Book of Daniel. Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, erected a great
"Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, 0
people, nations, and languages," that at the time ye hear the sound of
the band, "ye fall down and worship the golden image" (Dan.
3:4-5). "And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the
same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace."(Verse
Set over the affairs of the province of Babylon
were Daniel's three young Jewish friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
One of the Commandments of God's eternal spiritual law forbids such worship
Had you been in their place, what would YOU have done? Would
you not have said, "Well, I have to bow down to this image-I have to do
it or be killed!" And perhaps you would have excused yourself by reasoning
thus: "I don't think God would be fair if He punished me for this, when
He knows I am FORCED to do it. Anyway, He tells us to be subject to the
power of the state!" Yes, it is easy to use reason to excuse disobedience
to God. But God is not looking for chances to punish us-but rather for
opportunities to SAVE us thru faith! To save us from the folly of SIN and
the sad consequence our own acts impose! Whatever we sow we shall reap.
God's Law is intended to protect us from suffering. It is not GOD who punishes
us when we do wrong, it is merely our own acts rebounding like a boomerang!
But these three young Jews knew the truth-that we should OBEY GOD, rather
than men-that thru FAITH God makes it possible. When they firmly REFUSED
to bow down to worship the king's image, Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and
fury commanded them brought before him (Verse 13).
Listen to the quiet, trusting, unafraid answer
of these lads. "0 Nebuchadnezzar,-our God whom we serve is able to deliver
us from the burning fiery furnace!" (Verses 16-18)
Sometimes God tries our faith. He tried theirs.
You might think He failed them, but He only permitted their faith to be
"Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and
the form of his visage was changed; ... therefore he spake, and commanded
that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont
to be heated-Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and
their hats, and their other garments," surely the God whom they trusted
would have them released now? But no-there was no physical evidence whatever
that God so much as heard! "and were cast into the midst of the burning
fiery furnace!" (Verse 19-21)
The furnace was so hot the flames leaped out and
"slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego." And they
fell down "bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace!"
God permitted them actually to be thrown in! Was
He unmindful of those who trusted in Him to make possible the keeping of
His Commandments? Not God!
The king looked into the furnace, and said "lo,
I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no
hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of GOD! (Verse
25). So Nebuchadnezzar came near the mouth of the furnace and
called to them.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego! ye servants of the most
high God, come forth, and come hither! Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego
came forth of the midst of the fire....
these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of
their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire
had passed on them. Then Nebuchadnezzar spake and said, Blessed be the
God of Shadach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent His angel, and DELIVERED
his servants that TRUSTED IN HIM!" (Verses
THERE was an example of living FAITH! A faith
that TRUSTED God to make it possible to live the way of His law! Yes, WITH
GOD, it is possible to keep all His Commandments-and don't let any man
deceive you to the contrary!
Can You Believe and Worship Christ
When God's Word says, "BELIEVE on the Lord
Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved," it does not mean the DEAD faith
now popularly taught! Tho common teachings of this day distort this to
mean a mere belief in the FACTS of Christ's existence, His sacrifice, and
His saving work. Just accept these FACTS, and accept HIM-without any obedience
to God's Laws! But the devils believe these things-and they TREMBLE!
Christ was the Messenger of the New Covenant-a
Messenger sent from God. You cannot BELIEVE on such a divine Messenger,
unless you believe, and obey the MESSAGE that He brought! "If thou wilt
enter into LIFE," was His teaching, "KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS!"
"REPENT," said the inspired Peter, and
then believe and be baptised for the remission of sins, and 'ye SHALL
receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:38).
God gives His Holy Spirit only to them that OBEY HIM (Acts
5:32). and His Holy Spirit is the LOVE which God gives us to fulfill
and to keep His Commandments! And it all comes BY FAITH!
Christ came to save us FROM, not in, our sins!
To FREE us from the enslavement of sin and the unhappiness and wretchedness
it brings-not to make us free to commit sin! Is it possible to BELIEVE
in Christ-to worship Him-in the customary manner of the day, and yet be
lost? Christ Himself says, "YES!"
"Not every one that saith unto me, 'Lord! Lord!'
shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that DOETH the will of my
Father which is in heaven," He said (Matt. 7:21).
Hear Him again!
"Howbeit IN VAIN do they worship me, teaching for doctrines
the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandments of God, ye hold
the tradition of men!" (Mark 7:7-8).
There it is! From Jesus' own lips! Such a dead
faith-such worship-is IN VAIN! Those who trust in it, and in the men and
denominations which teach it, ARE LOST! And the quicker we come to realize
it, the better!
God's PURPOSE in salvation is to rescue men from
SIN, and its resulting unhappiness, misery, and death! To REPENT of sin
is the first step! Then the BLOOD OF CHRIST, upon acceptance and faith,
cleanses of all past sins. And by FAITH we are kept from sin in the future.
Thus the resulting righteousness is of FAITH-the righteousness imparted
We are not justified BY THE LAW-we are justified
by the blood of Jesus Christ! But this justification will be given only
on Condition that we REPENT of our transgressions of God's Law-and so it
is, after all, only the DOERS of the law that shall be JUSTIFIED (Rom.
How Plain, and how beautiful is God's TRUTH!