I had a conversation with a Baptist preacher about faith "only" salvation.
He confessed he taught this very doctrine.
So I began asking him questions about this doctrine.
He quoted (Rom 10:9,10).
Here is what it says.
9 That if thou shalt CONFESS with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth CONFESSION is made unto salvation.
Can you see the problem he has with his doctrine?
Not only does (Rom. 10:9,10) teach one must believe but it also says one must "CONFESS" the Lord Jesus rose from the dead by the power of God with thy mouth.
Friend "confession" is an action on the part of the lost person.
It is something the New Testament teaches one must do to be saved.
That is NOT faith only salvation.
So I told the Baptist preacher the very verse he quoted me which he thought taught salvation by faith "alone" actually was saying the alien sinner needed to "confess" with the mouth the Lord Jesus rose from the dead by the power of God.
The Baptist preacher got upset with me.
He began belittling me.
Friend has a preacher talked down to you when you asked a simple question?
This should never happen, but it does all the time.
The preacher at this point did not have an answer for the position which he found himself in and instead of evaluating the situation honestly he decided to belittle me (and you).
The truth of the matter is that the very scripture he said taught faith "only" salvation actually showed he was in error.
He has been a Baptist preacher for a long time and either he never noticed it or he has noticed it and has chose to reject what (Rom. 10:9,10) truly taught.
We are told to test each and every person for there are many false teachers in the world (1John 4:1-6).
We are told in (Hosea 4:6) that My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.
In this case they had forgotten the law, but today most people have never known what the New Testament Law says.
The preacher could be reading out of a cook-book on Sunday morning and most people would never know he was not reading out of the Bible.
B/c people are NOT obeying the verse below.
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.(Acts 17:11)
Do you believe and teach a faith only salvation?
Do you go to (Rom. 10:9,10) to teach that faith only salvation?
Have you ever read (James 2:24)?
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
Friend the Bible does not contradict itself.
So who is wrong?
Those teaching faith "only" saves or Gods Word?
If you think I am incorrect in my thinking please do show me where I am teaching error in the post above.
1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world....(6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. 1Jn 4:1-6)
you would be my friend if you prove I am teaching error (Gal. 4:16).
16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?