How often we hear the Baptists say that one is saved by “Faith Only”, and not of works. Have you ever wondered what the religious world would look like if all Baptists practiced what they preached? Let’s take a peek.
If that were true, there would be no need of the Baptist church or any work that they do. If one is saved by “faith only”, then there would be no need to attend one church service, to sing one song, to pray to God, to tithe, to preach or teach, or to have any church organization whatsoever. After all, if one is saved by “faith only”, then why do anything at all. Just eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow all will be saved who just believe in Jesus.
It would also mean that one could commit adultery, commit fornication, and be a homosexual or lesbian. It would mean one could kill in cold blooded murder. It would mean that rape and incest would be permissible. In fact, all sins would be permissible because one is saved by the very fact of “faith only”.
To solidify this belief of “faith only” the Baptist have another belief which also makes the above even more true, that being, “Once saved, always saved”. Therefore, once you believe in Jesus, you are saved forever. Thus, no matter what you do or don’t do, you are saved.
So I write to all Baptist who believe in “Faith Only” and “Once Saved Always Saved”: Stop going to church, stop doing good deeds, and stop paying tithes and use that money to enjoy your life. Begin to have fun in your life and enjoy each and every moment life has to offer. Commit any sin that you wish to commit and stop feeling guilty about it. Why? Because you are saved and will go to heaven no matter what you do.
In fact, you can even wait to your death bed and about to take your last breath to believe in Jesus and still be saved. This way, you don’t even have to think about Jesus or do one work he commands you to do and still be saved. It’s what most today call a “loop hole” in the law.
Therefore, forget about repentance, because repentance is a work. Forget about baptism, because baptism is a work. Forget about going to church, because that is a work. Forget about singing, because singing is a work. Forget about tithing, because tithing is a work. Forget about helping the needy, because helping anyone is a work. Forget about listening to a preacher preach, because hearing and preaching are works. Forget about reading your bible, because reading anything is a work. I think you get the picture.
Actually, many in the world already hold these attitudes because of the “faith only” doctrine of the Baptists. There are many Baptists in the world, but even more which go uncounted because they took their doctrine literally. They stay at home each Sunday, they never read their bible, and they go about their life as if Jesus never existed, that is, until they need help and then they pray “Help me Lord”!
‘Faith Only Baptists’, oddly are willing to do the works of men, but reject doing the works of God. They will tithe, which Jesus or his apostles never once commanded. They will sing with the use of instruments, though such was never commanded in the new testament. They will have women preachers, teachers and leaders despite the fact such was condemned. Yes, Baptists are doing the works of men, but they reject the works of Jesus and his apostles.
Baptists who hold the belief of “Faith Only” need to hear the words of Jesus who said, “Why call me Lord, Lord and do not the things which I say?” (Mt 7:21). Jesus said, “My mother and my brethren are they which hear the word of God and do it (Lk 8:21). And again Jesus said, “.. blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it” (Lk 8:21). What did Jesus command all to do in order to be saved? He commanded his apostles to teach and preach to every person in all the world the gospel of Christ, (1 Cor 15:1-4) and all who believed and were baptized would be saved (Mt 28:18-20 f; Mk 16:15,16). This belief must be confessed, and all sins must be repented of before they can be washed away by the means of baptism (Rom 10:8-10 ff; Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16). All Christians were commanded to not forsake the assembly which was on Sunday Heb 10:25 f; Acts 20:7). Christians were commanded to sing, preach and pray in spirit and in truth (Eph 5:19 ff; 2 Tim 4:2-5; 1 Cor 14:15; Jn 4:23,24). All Christians were commanded to abstain from all works of the flesh (Gal 5:19-21 f; 1 Cor 6:9,10).
If you still believe ‘Faith Only’ and that ‘Once Saved Always Saved’, practice your belief by doing nothing more. However, if you believe in Jesus, remember this, faith is a work for Jesus truly said, “…This is the work of God, that you believe on him whom he has sent” (Jn 6:29). In order to be saved one must have a faith revealed in the works of God. Truly, one is never saved by doing the works of the world, and practicing the doctrines of men (Mt 15:7-9). Jesus made this known when he said, “ Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” (Mt 7:22). The will of God requires each of us to both believe and be baptized in order to be saved and to continue in the apostles doctrine, which is the doctrine of Christ. (Mk 16:16 ff; Acts 2:42; 2 Jn 9). James concluded the whole matter by saying that faith without works, i.e., the works of God, is dead (Jam 2:20). And again he said, “You see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only: (Jam 2:24).