And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
A blessed Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. If you haven’t read it, please refer back to my first post on this topic. Faith Alone gives us freedom from the legalistic Judaism that the Apostles had to preach against and from the Catholic abuses of the Dark Ages in Europe. But, with freedom comes responsibility. If we are irresponsible with our freedom of faith, we will be enslaved by our passions, complacency, and even our virtues. Let us be responsible with our faith in Christ Jesus so that we may grow in spirit and in truth.
THE FLAW OF FAITH ALONE (Part Two): LACK OF SUPPORT
(Introduction) The purpose of Faith Alone was to counter the Medieval Catholic sale of indulgences requiring people to give “X” amount of contributions to particular causes or do other questionable acts for the sake of salvation. It was a doctrine of freedom from abusive priest, bishops, and other hierarchical clergy.
(Antithesis) We too often use Faith Alone as an excuse from participating in actions and doctrines handed down through the scriptures and early church to help us build and strengthen our faith. Our typical excuse is, “The Lord Knows My Heart.”
(Thesis) Faith Alone cannot stand alone. Without proper support, faith becomes a hollow shell ready to collapse.
(Relevant Question) What else does faith need to be fulfilling, enduring, and growing?
- Sound Doctrine, not doctrine that sounds good
- Christ-centered fellowship, not celebrities and fans
- Prayer life, not lip service
(Conclusion) Continue daily and steadfastly