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Is Faith Without Works Dead, Or Just Sleepy?

For those interested, I have a post up at The Gospel Coalition today in which I engage in a bit more detail with Steve Holmes and Alan Jacobs, on sola fide, ethical behaviour and final salvation. Here's a brief excerpt:

Recently they’ve both written articles arguing that, although they hold to the traditional view of sexual ethics, holding to the revisionist view doesn’t make a person a false teacher. That perspective will cause some people to agree strongly, some to disagree strongly, and some to wonder what to think. But I want to focus on a particularly fascinating—and, I think, ultimately wrong—reason given for this view, especially in Steve’s article. The argument, essentially, is that ethical behavior does not put a person’s final salvation at risk ...

This is a thoughtful argument, and one with which many evangelicals, especially from a Reformed background, will identify. After all, we were all saved before we had produced a single good work, weren’t we? If ethical behavior can disqualify persons from final salvation, then what happens to assurance, or the perseverance of the saints? And if obedience—relationally, sexually, morally, financially—is essential for salvation, then haven’t we lost the gospel?

The problem is, there are lots of New Testament passages that warn disciples away from behavior that would jeopardize their entry into the kingdom.

You can read the rest here.

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