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To: Titanites
You won't find the phrase "faith alone" in the NT. In fact, you contradict Scripture.

If it's not faith alone, what is it faith "with"? And, where is that in Scripture?

Romans 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Romans11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

And nowhere do I contradict Scripture.

23 posted on 11/05/2007 12:05:16 PM PST by WileyPink ("...I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6b)
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To: WileyPink; Titanites
Romans11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

We can be in Jesus (a branch on the vine), and then if we don't bear fruit, are cut off, wither up and die. Paul makes this absolutely clear in Rom. 11:20-23.

"Faith is an entirely free gift that God makes to man. We can lose this priceless gift, as St. Paul indicated to St. Timothy: 'Wage the good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting conscience, certain persons have made shipwreck of their faith.' [1 Tim 1:18-19 .] To live, grow and persevere in the faith until the end we must nourish it with the word of God; we must beg the Lord to increase our faith; [Cf. Mk 9:24 ; Lk 17:5 ; Lk 22:32.] it must be 'working through charity,' abounding in hope, and rooted in the faith of the Church. [Gal 5:6 ; Rom 15:13 ; cf. Jam 2:14-26.]"
CCC 162

26 posted on 11/05/2007 12:16:56 PM PST by NYer ("Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church" - Ignatius of Antioch)
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To: WileyPink
Scripture makes no statement about faith being alone, except in one place, where it explicitly says that faith alone does not save.
    James 2:26 "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."
There is no salvation without faith and love. A loveless faith is worthless.
    "For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love" Gal 5:6

    Though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 1 Cor 13:2


28 posted on 11/05/2007 12:45:32 PM PST by Titanites
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