huge dam had cracked and was starting to flood a small
town in its path. As people were alerted to the
impending flood, one elderly woman refused to evacuate.
would-be rescuer told her that if she would just get in
the boat, he could take her to higher ground. She
replied that the Lord was her savior and if she needed
help He would save her with a miracle. The man left. As
the water rose the woman had to move to the upstairs to
avoid the floodwaters.
she sat at her window a man came by in another boat.
"Get in," he said, "and I'll take you to higher ground."
The woman shook her head and said she would trust in the
Lord to save her. He left.
the waters rose the woman moved to the roof of her
house. A helicopter came overhead and the man said that
she should climb the ladder and he would take her to
safety. "I will trust in the Lord to save me." The man
the waters rose again the woman drowned. When the woman
went to heaven she had occasion to speak with the Lord,
and she asked Him why He hadn't saved her from the flood
after showing such strong faith in Him. The Lord said,
"I sent two boats and a helicopter and you sent them all
Many in Christian religions today are much
like the woman above. They believe God will save them
but they are ignoring God’s way of salvation.
believe that ‘faith only’ or “faith alone” will save
them and that their works have nothing to do with their
the Bible uses the words, “faith only,” only once and it
says just the opposite of that common belief.
What does it profit, my brethren, if someone
says he has faith but does not have works? CAN FAITH
SAVE HIM? 15 If a brother or sister is
naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and
one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed
and filled," but you do not give them the things which
are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17
Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works,
is dead. 18 But someone will say, "You
have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith
without your works, and I will show you my faith by my
works. 19 You believe that there is one
God. You do well. Even the demons believe--and
tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O
foolish man, that FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD? 21
Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he
offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do
you see that faith was working together with his
works, and BY WORKS FAITH WAS MADE PERFECT? 23
And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abraham
believed God, and it was accounted to him for
righteousness." And he was called the friend of God. 24
You see then that a MAN IS JUSTIFIED BY WORKS, AND NOT
BY FAITH ONLY. 25 Likewise, was not Rahab
the harlot also justified by works when she received
the messengers and sent them out another way? 26
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so FAITH
WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD also" (James 2:14-26).
section of scripture alone shows that the doctrine of
faith only will not save us but there are other
scriptures which show that also.
other scriptures show the fallacy of the doctrine of
“faith only.” If you have accepted this doctrine please
allow me to send you more information on the subject.
5:9 says that Jesus saves those who obey Him.
“And having been perfected, He became the author of
eternal salvation to all who obey Him,”
- 2 Thessalonians 1:8 says that God
will take vengeance on those who do not obey the
gospel. “In flaming fire taking vengeance on those
who do not know God, and on those who do not obey
the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
- 2 Corinthians 5:10 says we will be
judged by our works not our faith. ‘For we must all
appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each
one may receive the things done in the body,
according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”
we always strive to serve God on His terms not ours.
- Larry Pasley serves as a minister with the Jackson
Street Church of Christ in Alexandria, LA. He may be
contacted through the congregation's website at http://www.JacksonStAlex.com