Do You Have An Obedient Faith?
Alien sinners are saved by faith! Such passages as John 3:16; 3:36; John 5:24; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 10:43; 16:30; Rom. 3:25; 5:1-2; Eph. 2:8, etc. Every Bible believer understands and accepts this fact. However, none of the above Scriptures (or any other) teach that alien sinners are saved by faith only.
To be saved by faith some other things must accompany it. In other words, it must be a working faith. Without works it is dead! (See James 2:14-26). This is another way of saying that it must obey God. We learn in the Scriptures what the Lord requires of us in our obedience to Him.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is our Saviour! (See Mt. 1:21; Luke 2:11; Acts 5:31; 1 John 4:14; 3:16). He died on the cross for the sins of the world. (See Rom. 5:6-8; 1 Cor. 15:3; Rom. 5:9; Eph. 1:7, etc.).
To please and to have access into the grace of God and to be saved, it is essential that we have faith in God and in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. (See Heb. 11:6; John 20:30-31; Romans 5:1-2).
Since a faith without works is dead, passive, inactive. It will not save. To be alive, faith must work. It must be active in obedience to God. (See Gal. 5:6; Mt. 7:21; Heb. 5:8-9).
Sinners do not have the right to decide what will please God, give them access into grace and save them. They must accept the conditions that God has already given in His Word. The doctrines of "grace only", "faith only", "pray the sinner's prayer", etc. are not taught in the Scriptures. They are all doctrines that originated in the minds of men. They cause people to remain lost. Faith must obey! (See Rom. 1:5).
To have a saving faith a sinner must receive his faith by hearing the Word of God. (See Rom. 10:17). His faith must cause him to repent of his sins according to Lk. 24:47; Acts 2:38; 17:30-32, etc. The sinner's faith must cause him to confess with his mouth Jesus as the Son of God, as truly being Lord according to Rom. 10:9-10; Acts 8:37, etc. The sinner's faith must cause him to be baptized for the remission of sins according to Acts 2:38; To be saved according to Mk. 16:16; To get into Christ according to Rom. 6:3-4 and Gal. 3:26-27.
Do you have any obedient faith? If not, you have no true hope of salvation. (CRS)