Reformation gave rise to another doctrine that is Sola Fide or ‘Faith alone is needed for justification before God’,
teaching that Faith alone was needed for ones salvation and ‘works’ or ‘deeds’ were not needed. But
this again is the protestant strategy foretold by St. Peter who stressed about persons wresting with verses from Paul’s
epistles and confusing the believers.
2Pe:3:15-17: And account that the longsuffering of our
Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother
also according to the wisdom given unto him hath
written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking
them of these things; in which are some things
be understood, which they that are unlearned and
unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto
their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye
know these things before,
beware lest ye also, being led
away with the error of the
wicked, fall from your own
doctrine of Sola Fide contradicts what St James clarifies in his letter. St James in his letter says
Jas:2:17-26: Even so faith, if it hath not works,
being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I
have works: shew
me thy faith without thy works, and I
will shew thee my faith
by my works. Thou believest that
there is one God; thou doest
well: the devils also believe,
and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith
without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father
justified by works, when he had offered Isaac
upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought
works, and by works was faith made perfect?
the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed
it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and
he was called
the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by
works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise
also was not Rahab
the harlot justified by works, when
she had received the messengers,
and had sent them out
another way? For as the body without the spirit
so faith without works is dead also.
his stand, Luther denied that the epistle of James was the work of an apostle and termed it an "epistle of straw".
2 of his letter to the Romans St Paul himself without doubt clarifies that ‘works’ or deeds’ do matter;
Ro:2:1-12: Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man,
art that judgest: for wherein thou
judgest another, thou condemnest
thyself; for thou that
judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the
judgment of God is according to truth against them
which commit such things. And thinkest thou this,
O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest
that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?
Or despisest thou
the riches of his goodness and
forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the
goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after
thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto
thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of
judgment of God; Who will render to every
man according to his deeds: To them who by patient
well doing seek for glory and honour and
immortality, eternal life:
But unto them that are
contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey
unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation
and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of
the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour,
and peace, to every man that
worketh good, to the Jew
first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of
persons with God. For as many as have sinned
without law shall also perish without law: and as many as
in the law shall be judged by the law;
Ro:6:15, 16: What then? shall we sin, because we are not
law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye
not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey,
his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto
death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
2Co:5:10: For we must all appear before the judgment
seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things
done in his body, according to that he hath done,
whether it be good or bad.
In his letter to Titus as well,
the same St Paul writes;
Ti:2:13, 14: Looking for that blessed hope, and the
of the great God and our Saviour
Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might
redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a
peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Peter as well repeats the need for good works.
1Pe:1:16-19: Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am
holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect
of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass
the time of your sojourning here in fear: Forasmuch as ye
know that ye were not
redeemed with corruptible things,
as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received
by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious
blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without
Book of Revelation, our Lord Himself declares that everyone will be judged ‘according to their works’.
Re:20:12: And I saw the dead, small and great, stand
before God; and the books were opened: and another
book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead
judged out of those things which were written in the
books, according to their works.
Re:22:12: And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward
is with me, to give every man according as his
St Paul meant by ‘works’ that was not needed was the ‘works of the law’, mainly the much debated circumcision
that was not needed anymore in the New Covenant. This mainly because the Jews evidently insisted on obedience to the Jewish
Law for all Christians.
Lu:16:16: The law and the prophets were until John:
since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and
every man presseth into it.
Joh:1:17: For the law was given by Moses, but
and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Ro:2:29 to 3:1: Thou that makest thy boast of the
through breaking the law dishonourest thou God? For
the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles
as it is written. For circumcision
profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker
of the law, thy circumcision
is made uncircumcision.
Therefore if the uncircumcision
keep the righteousness of
the law, shall not his
uncircumcision be counted for
circumcision? And shall not
uncircumcision which is by
nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter
and circumcision dost transgress the law? For he is not a
Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that
circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a
is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of
the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose
praise is not of men, but
of God. What advantage then
hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?
Ro:3:28-31: Therefore we conclude that
a man is justified
without the deeds of the law. Is he the
the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes,
Gentiles also: Seeing it is one God, which shall justify
the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through
faith. Do we then make void the law through faith?
God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
Ro:4:9-11 Cometh this blessedness then upon
circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also?
for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for
righteousness. How was it then reckoned?
in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in
circumcision, but in uncircumcision. And he received the
circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the
faith which he
had yet being uncircumcised: that he might
be the father of all
them that believe, though they be not
circumcised; that righteousness
might be imputed unto
them also: And the father of circumcision to them
are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in
the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he
had being yet uncircumcised.
Ro:9:30-32: What shall we say then? That the Gentiles,
not after righteousness, have attained to
the righteousness which is of faith.
But Israel, which followed after the law of
righteousness, hath not attained to
righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not
by faith, but as it were by the works of the
law. For they
Ga:2:14-16 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly
the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter
before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the
manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why
compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do
the Jews? We
who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,
a man is not justified by the works of the
law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have
believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the
faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for
by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Ga:5:3-6 For I testify again to every man that
circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you
are justified by the law; ye are fallen
grace. For we
through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness
by faith. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision
availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but
worketh by love.
concludes his letter to the Galatians in a way surely pointing to the fact that he was debating that the Jewish law was not
needed for Christians rather than ‘works of men’.
Ga:6:11-17 Ye see how large a letter I have
you with mine own hand. As many as desire to make a
fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be
circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution
the cross of Christ.For neither they themselves who
are circumcised keep the law; but desire to
circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. But God
forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord
Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and
I unto the world. For in Christ Jesus neither
circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision,
but a new creature.
And as many as walk according to
this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon
Israel of God. From henceforth let no
man trouble me:
for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
points to the fact that when St Paul said ‘works of the law’ he meant
to the Jewish Law, that was not needed for Christians for salvation.
be seen in the Acts of the apostles where as well.
Ac:15:1-6; 22-31: And certain men which came down
from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be
circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be
saved. When therefore Paul
and Barnabas had no small
dissension and disputation with them, they determined
that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them,
should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles
about this question. And when they were come to
were received of the church, and of the
apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God
had done with them. But there rose up certain of the sect
of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That
needful to circumcise them, and to command
keep the law of Moses. And the apostles and elders came
together for to consider of this matter.
Acts 15:22-31Then pleased it the apostles and elders,
with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own
company to Antioch with Paul
and Barnabas; namely,
Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among
the brethren: And they wrote letters by them after this
manner; The apostles and elders and brethren
greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in
Antioch and Syria and Cilicia: Forasmuch as we have
heard, that certain which went out from us have
troubled you with words, subverting your souls,
saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to
whom we gave no
such commandment: It seemed good
unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen
men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, Men
that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord
Jesus Christ. We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who
shall also tell you
the same things by mouth. For it
seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon
you no greater burden than these necessary
ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood,
and from things strangled, and from fornication: from
which if ye keep
yourselves, ye shall do well.
Ac:21:20-25: And when they heard it, they glorified the
Lord, and said
unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many
thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are
all zealous of the law: And they are informed of thee,
that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the
Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they
not to circumcise their children, neither to walk
the customs. What is
it therefore? the multitude must
needs come together: for they will hear that thou art
come. Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four
men which have a vow on them; Them take, and purify
thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they
their heads: and all may know that those
things, whereof they were informed concerning thee,
are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly,
and keepest the law. As touching the Gentiles which
believe, we have written and concluded that they observe
thing, save only that they keep themselves from
things offered to
idols, and from blood, and from
strangled, and from fornication.
up the facts, it can be said that the Protestant doctrine of ‘Sola Fide’ or Faith alone is a mere ‘wresting’
of the letters of St Paul, as forewarned by the Chief apostle St Peter.
doctrine of Sola Fide or Faith alone was not heard of till the 16th century Reformation and we know why. The reason
was that this was just a misinterpretation of Martin Luther which he mentions in his ‘Table talks’. This discovery
is termed as Luther’s "Tower Experience," because in one of his "table talks" he mentions that he was studying Romans
1:17 in the heated room (his study) of the tower of the Black Cloister in Wittenberg when the light broke upon him. Luther
makes it clear in several places that this (his discovery of the doctrine of Faith alone), not the 95 Theses, was the pivotal
event of his life. The most important of these appears in his Preface to the Complete Edition of Luther's Latin Writings of
1545. Several other mentions of the event are recorded from his "Table Talks," one from 1532 (LW 54:193-194), one from 1538
(LW 54:308-309), and one from 1542-43 (LW 54:442-443).
The doctrine of Sola Fide was
so not part of any church doctrine till Luther had the ‘Tower experience’ in the 16th century.
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