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ANSWERING BIBLICAL "DISCREPANCIES"


Salvation


Justification By Faith or Works

Justified by Faith Justified by Works
  Therefore by the deeds of the law, there shall no flesh be justified in his sight, ...We conclude, that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.  Romans 3:20, 28

 

  For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory, but not before God.  Romans 4:2

 

  Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ.  Galatians 2:16

 

  But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident;  for, The just shall live by faith.  And the law is not of faith:  But, The man the doeth them shall live in them.  Galatians 3:11,12

 

  For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.     Romans 2:13

  What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works?  Can faith save him? ...Faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.  ...Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? ...Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? ...Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only....For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.               James 2:14, 17, 21, 22, 24, 26

One may wonder if Paul and James were looking at two separate sheets of music here.  Actually, they were merely addressing two different aspects of the same great truth. 

In the left-hand column, Paul is speaking to religious legalists, who believe that man is justified by works alone - by adherence to the law.  They believed that faith was irrelevant to the concept of salvation and justification.  He mentions Abraham in the context of his deed alone.  What of Abrahams intended sacrifice of Isaac, if it was not born out of faith? 

James was addressing antinomians - those who believe that a merely subjective statement of faith or believe is all that is required to be saved.  To adopt a modern variation on James' point, I could declare that I am a multi-millionaire, but without the money in my bank accounts, what I believe and declare is not necessarily true. 

These two apostles were addressing a "cause-effect" relationship.  True faith bears fruit - in this case, works.  Without works, the true validity of the faith must be questioned.  Paul exhorted the "cause" of the good works - faith.  James addressed the effect - works.  In the case of Abraham, Paul's perspective was that Abrahams deed, were it not motivated by faith in God, would be an empty deed.  James held the same opinion, but addressed in in another way:  Abraham's faith was evidenced by his obedient work. 

 

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Are Some Sins Unforgivable

All sins forgivable Some sins unforgivable

  And by him all that believe are justified from all things from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.  Acts 13:39

  Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.  Romans 5:20

  If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.  1 John 2:1

  Whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.         Matthew 12:32

  He that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.   Mark 3:29

  There is a sin unto death:  I do not say that he shall pray for it.     1 John 5:16

The passages on the left by no means assert that every sin, wherever and by whomever committed, will be forgiven.  Only sins that have been repented of will be forgiven.  The passages on the right refer to sins which will never be repented of, "unto death". 

 

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