- When we say that faith alone is not enough for salvation
- When we misuse grace as an excuse for sinning
- When we say there is no need for believers to repent on account of the premise that all our past, present and future sins are forgiven
- When we downplay personal responsibility on account of the premise that once saved, we are always saved
- When we say the law is no longer relevant in the lives of believers
Clearly, salvation is by faith alone – in God’s grace and mercy. Not by works. Not by works plus faith.
“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” (Romans 6:1-2).
The Bible asserts that repentance is not only necessary (1 John 1:9) but must involve a turning away from sin and towards God. It must involve a change in thought and behaviour – and goals, aspirations and lifestyle as well.
No right thinking believer disputes the fact that we are saved by faith. What is crucial is that which follows. What’s next? Genuine faith has to be evidenced by works. Paul emphasises the need for personal responsibility – all believers have to work out their faith with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). "As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead" (James 2:26).
We are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law. “For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law” (Romans 3:28).