Faith, Works, or Both

   The belief that all a person needs to do in order to be Saved is to believe, is a false doctrine. The verses used to make this false doctrine prosper are as follows:
  • John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
  • John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
  • John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
  • I John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
  • John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
  • John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
  Please do not get me wrong. Believing is absolutely essential in a person’s Salvation.
  • Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
  So then believing in Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins, and was raised from the dead, to forever be a mediator between us and His Father, is absolutely essential for one to have Salvation, but is believing all that is required for one to be Saved? Now the people of the last days generation would like to believe that is indeed all you have to do and Eternal Salvation is secure to ALL them that believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, And they eagerly embrace all the previous verses that teach you must believe to have Eternal Life, the problem though is there are Scriptures that teach you must do more then just believe, there are verses that is contrary to the belief that believing is enough for Salvation.


  Scriptures reveals very clearly that believing is not enough, consider what demons said to Jesus:
  • Mark 5:7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.
  Now if we are to believe only the verse John 3:16 which says “Whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” Should not this demon have everlasting life as well? Did he not confess that Jesus is the Son of the most High God? Is it not written that whosoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, that God is in them?
  • I John 4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
  Yet we know that demons, and evil spirits will not have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of God because believing IS NOT enough.
  • James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
  Now if your going to pick and choose verses to believe, who would not choose all the verses that say if you  believe you will have Eternal Life all the while ignoring or making void other verses which teaches you must do something in order to have Eternal Life. Yes believe it or not there are many Scriptures that teach in order to have Eternal Life you must DO more then believe. But we live in a generation that believes in easy Christianity, that is to say as long as it is easy to be a Christian they are all for it, but if it becomes to difficult to be a Christian they are not willing to remain one.

  Tell me, who has not heard and memorized this verse to have Eternal Life?:
  • John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
  Yet how many know and memorize this verse to have Eternal Life?:
  • Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
  So then which is it? Do we have Eternal Life by believing as John 3:16 says or do we have Eternal Life by obeying as Hebrews 5:9 says? It’s no wander to me why this generation would rather believe John 3:16 and ignore or make void or interpret away Hebrews 5:9 . But guess what!!! Both verses are indeed Inspired by God, both verses are True, both verses are from the Word of God and is the TRUTH. Anyone who believes one verse and not the other, believes in a false doctrine. “If a person believes one verse yet ignores or makes void all other verses that seem to contradict the belief of the first verse, they do not know the Truth, Only when all verses agree with each other and none are ignored or made void, is when a person can come to the Knowledge of the Truth”

  So then, the TRUTH is, (according to Scriptures) you must believe (John 3:16 ) AND obey (Hebrews 5:9 ) in order to have Eternal Salvation. But let us not stop at one verse, let us look at other verses that teach that you must do more than believe, in order to have Eternal Life.
  • Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
  So this verse says a person must confess with the mouth in order to be Saved, so then you must DO more than believe only if this verse is saying you MUST confess with the mouth in order to be Saved. This generation is deceived, they go about teaching that all a person must do is believe to be Saved, which is plainly contrary to verses in the Word of God. Do not listen to those people they think they know the TRUTH but what they believe is contrary to sound doctrine, and you should avoid them. (Rom 16:17)
  • Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. 29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
  This verse clearly says we are not only to believe but also to suffer for Him.
  • John 12:25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
  So Eternal Life is to those who do not love their life according to this verse.
  • John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
  So according to this verse we must hear Him and Follow Him then He will give unto us Eternal Life.
  • John 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
  So then aside from believing we are to eat His flesh and drink His blood (live by His Word, and be led by the Spirit)
  • Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
  Continuance in well-doing brings Eternal Life.
  • Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
  So then being made free from sin because Jesus forgave our past sins (Romans 3:25 ,II Peter 1:19) and we became servants to God and not to satan, and our fruits (deeds) are unto holiness brings us in the end (on Judgment Day) Everlasting Life.
  • I Timothy 6:18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; 19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
  That they may lay hold on Eternal Life by doing good, being rich in good works, ready to give to others and willing to talk to all that is willing. Doesn't this wicked generation teach that we already have Eternal Life, the moment we accept Jesus Christ, why then are there so many verses that plainly teach that we must lay hold of it, or receive it in the end, or those who endure to the end shall be Saved? Why does this wicked generation teach we already have it?
  • Titus 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
  That they which believe would ALSO do something else aside from merely believing and that is, according to this verse, to maintain good works, that is to say, to not have bad works.
  • Jude 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
  Again this is something we should DO, that is to keep ourselves in the Love of God. This is yet another verse that plainly teaches that we don't have Eternal Life yet, but is something that will come when Jesus Christ gets here to take us up with Him. Which Scriptures calls Judgment Day, that Day Jesus shows up to the Earth and the Books are opened, and it is ONLY on that day that determines who is written in the Book of Life and who is not written in it, or has been blotted out of the Book of Life. ONLY on that day is a person Truly Saved or Not Saved.
  • Galations 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
  Again we see yet another verse that tells us something we should DO to receive Life Everlasting, this verse says that if we sow to the Spirit we will reap Life Everlasting. Contrary to that is if a person sows to his/her flesh shall reap Corruption and NOT LIFE Everlasting. Your belief of whatever doctrine you hold on to, does not negate or make void this verse.
  • I John 3:23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, AND love one another, as he gave us commandment.
  Loving one another is something we DO! It is not believing only, but something we must DO. So the belief that believing only is enough for someone to have Eternal Salvation is a false doctrine when we have so many verses that clearly teach things we must DO in order to have Eternal Salvation. You can’t believe a few verses all the while ignoring all other verses concerning Eternal Life.
  • John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
  The question then is what does it mean to believe in HIM?
  • Romans 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
  So to believe in Him a person is not ashamed, what then makes a person ashamed?
  • II Thessalonians 3:14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
  • Titus 2: 6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. 7 In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, 8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
  • I John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
  So then when we abide in Jesus we will not be ashamed, likewise it stands to reason when we do not abide in Jesus we should be ashamed. So believing, according to Romans 10:11 , means for us not to be ashamed. what else does it mean to believe in Christ?
  • I John 5:1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
  So we see then that believing in Christ means you are Born of God, what does it mean to be Born of God?
  • John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
  Again this Scripture teaches IF you believe on Jesus Christ then you should be Born of God.
  • John 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
  So then if you Truly BELIEVE in Jesus, then you are Born of God, and if you are Truly Born of God you do not allow the wicked one to touch you, you will not obey his temptations. {Now it is easy to understand why so few will find that narrow and difficult path that leads to life Everlasting, and why so many will be weeping and gnashing their teeth because their whole lives they believed they were on the narrow path, when in Truth they were all along on the broad and easy path of Lukewarmness. much weeping and gnashing of teeth from the Christian Goats}
 Yet another inspired by God verse confirms this as well, consider:
  • I John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness (to knowingly and willingly commit sin) is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
  Again John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

  So as to not take this verse out of context with the whole of the Bible, there is a lot more to receiving Eternal Life than merely believing only, when the whole of Scriptures concerning Eternal Life a person must first believe (John 3:15, 3:18, 1:12, 17:3, 6:47, I John 5:13) ALSO we must confess (Romans 10:9 ) ALSO we must suffer (Philipians 1:29 ) ALSO we must love one another (I John 3:23) ALSO we must not love this life (John 12:25) ALSO we must follow Him (John 10:27-28 ) ALSO we must eat His flesh and drink His blood (John 6:53-58) ALSO we must be born again (John 3:3) ALSO we must maintain to do good works (Romans 2:7,6:22, I Timothy 6:18-19,Titus 3:7-8) ALSO we must OBEY Him.
  • Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
  • I Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
  When a person asked Jesus, How could he receive Eternal Life? Jesus did not say that all he needed to do was to believe in Him, but says keep the commandments, lets review the whole conversation:
  • Matthew 19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? (This is a perfect opportunity for Jesus to address the topic that you do not have to do anything to receive Eternal Life, that believing is enough, notice that Jesus proceeds to tell the man what he must DO in order to receive Eternal Life) 17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. (Why would Jesus say this if believing was indeed enough to receive Eternal Life? But Jesus Himself, after being asked what a person should do to receive Eternal Life, clearly said, to obey the commandments, Lets continue with the conversation) 18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, 19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
  Notice these are all things that Jesus says a person must DO in order to receive Eternal Life, (True it was the answer for living under the Old Covenant given by Jesus, because Jesus had not yet died and risen yet, therefore the New Covenant, not yet started, So Jesus answered the man according to the covenant that man was under at that moment in time)
 also notice that He did not think it important enough to mention keeping the Sabbath Day Holy as a requirement for one to receive Eternal Life. No! Jesus is not forgetful, Jesus, nor His Disciples nor His Apostles instruct us Christians anywhere to keep the Sabbath Day Holy unto the Lord, and even though i think it is a good thing to do, it is not a requirement for Salvation even by the Words of Jesus Himself. (for more information see Chapter on Sabbath Keeping) lets continue with the conversation:
  • Matthew 19:20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: (he is saying that he obeys all these things, that he does all those things) what lack I yet?
  This man is now asking Jesus what else besides obeying does he need to DO to have Eternal Life. Lets continue:
  • Matthew 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: AND come and follow me.
  Notice the last statement by Jesus “COME AND FOLLOW ME” This is the something else that he must DO to have Eternal Life aside from obeying His commandments, this is confirmed in these verse:
  • John 10: 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
 Lets continue with Scriptures:
  • Matthew 19:22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
  You see this man thought that obeying was enough, he already believed in Jesus, we know this because he calls Jesus Master. But you see Believing is not enough, obeying is not enough. Even though this man believed and he obeyed the laws of Moses, he was not willing to follow Jesus, and he also loved his life because of all his possessions. This man walked away sad because Jesus just told him that believing and obeying the laws of Moses is not enough for Eternal Salvation, that he has to follow Jesus and give up his life for Him, even as Jesus gave His life for us, this he was not willing to do even though he believed and obeyed the commandments.

  The whole purpose of this chapter is to try to debunk the false teaching that all a person has to do is believe Jesus is the Son of God and they are then Saved and have Eternal Life. True a person must believe but according to Scriptures they must DO more then just believe. Consider the following conversation between a lawyer and our Lord Jesus Christ
  • Luke 10: 25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this DO, and thou shalt live.
  Notice that this Lawyer asked Jesus what he needs to DO to inherit Eternal Life. Again Jesus had a perfect opportunity to teach that all a person needs to do to have Eternal Life is to believe in the Son of God, but He doesn’t. He confirms that we are to obey the Word of God by Loving God with ALL our heart, ALL our soul, ALL our strength, and ALL our mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself. ALL these things is what a person DOES, not what they believe.

  So when it comes to Eternal Salvation we should not only believe a few verses concerning Eternal Life but believe all the verses concerning Eternal Life, as a whole to come to the knowledge of the Truth, to merely believe a few verses and discard, or excuse away, or make void other verses concerning the same topic, is to believe a false doctrine. Believe all of the Scriptures, do not pick and choose which verses you will believe and which verses you will ignore or make void or interpret to mean something other then what it clearly says. Remember it is only when every verse agrees with what you believe, before you will have come to the knowledge of the Truth.

  i hope this Chapter has revealed to you that believing is not enough, that along with your belief you will have to DO more than just believe.

  James also talks about this in his book Chapter 2 verses 14-26 that Faith alone is not enough, it requires works. Likewise works alone is not enough it requires Faith. Faith plus Works equals Eternal Salvation, just as believing (John 3:16 ) plus obeying (Hebrews 5:9 ) equals Eternal Salvation.

  Now you do greatly error if you believe you don’t have to do anything once you are Saved. True there is nothing you can do to earn Salvation. Getting Saved is free to whoever will receive it, but once you are Saved, once you have accepted that free gift of Salvation, then there are things that you must DO according to Scriptures, one of which is to maintain good works to keep His commandments.

  You do not do good works to get Saved, you do good works because you are Saved.

The Apostle John also plainly teaches us that Faith and Works go hand in hand, consider:
  • 1Jn 3:22  And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.
  Do you receive from Him whatsoever you ask for in prayer? If Not, maybe you are NOT keeping His Commandments. What are His Commandments? False teachers of this generation will teach you His Commandments are the "10 Commandments" given to the Israelites to follow and obey under the old covenant, But what does the Apostle John plainly teach us His Commandments are:
  • 1Jn 3:23  And this is His commandment, That we should 1) believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ,(FAITH) and 2) love one another,(WORKS) as He gave us commandment.
  So according to the Inspired by God Scriptures, to Keep His Commandments a person must believe Jesus Christ, AND Love One Another.  To believe in Jesus is Faith. To Love One Another is something that you must DO. Faith and Works both go hand in hand for those who Keep His Commandments. Anyone who teaches otherwise is a false teacher and not of God.
  • 1Jn 3:24  And he that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know that He abideth in us, by the Spirit which He hath given us.
  So then, according to this verse, Those who Keep His Commandments (Believe in Jesus AND Love One Another) Are they that Jesus Christ will dwell in. Do you claim that Jesus lives in you, yet you do not Love One Another, something that Jesus COMMANDED us to do? Many believe in Jesus yet do NOT love one another, these are lukewarm Christian Goats, They call Jesus "Lord" but fail at Loving One Another (Matt 25: 31-46) The Sheep, Believe and Love One Another. The Goats, Believe and do NOT Love One Another. Now many people in this generation will try to teach you that the goats are the unsaved, do not believe those false teachers over the Word of God itself. The goats call Jesus "Lord" which they could not do if the Holy Ghost had not revealed that to them.
  • 1Co_12:3  Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
  Know you not that the unsaved will never call Jesus "Lord" Even though every eye on Earth shall see Him, they will not believe it is the Jesus of the Bible, the unsaved will not call Him "Lord" Anyone who calls Jesus "Lord" can only do so because the Holy Ghost has revealed that information to be True to the person who is saying with their mouth "Lord". The Goats are Christians who believe Jesus is the "Lord" and even call Him "Lord" but these Christians fail to love one another as they were commanded to do, they failed to maintain good works, also something that they were instructed to do by the Word of God, these held onto false doctrines that taught Works are not needed to be Saved, and therefore had no works to show when the Lord Jesus shows up to claim what is His, the Sheep. Which believe and Love One Another. Sheep = Faith + Works = accepted by Jesus.
Goats = Faith - Works = DEAD, not accepted by Jesus.

Woe to this generation that believe that Faith only (believing only) is enough, there will be much weeping and gnashing of teeth by the Christian goats, who believe that they did not need to maintain good works, because NO WORKS were required.

  But here is good news for you. NOW you know the TRUTH, and you have heard it from a servant of Jesus Christ. You are still here, still alive, and there is yet time for you to Love One Another, as Jesus our Lord and Savior, COMMANDED us to do.

  You will no longer be able to plead ignorance because you did not know the TRUTH that Faith and Works go hand in hand, not one without the other. What you do with this Truth which i give you, and testify that it was told to me by God, is up to you.

  Those who believe and obey have Eternal Salvation. Those who have Faith and Works have Eternal Salvation. These statements are True and they are Scriptural. Scriptures teach us that we are to DO good works, they teach us to maintain good works, and they teach that we will be judged by our works. Woe to them who believe they do not need works that believing is enough, they believe a false doctrine. But as i previously said here is Good News, you now know the Truth, because i have told you in this Chapter. Repent therefore, and turn from your sinful ways and start obeying the Bible, start doing what it says you should do, namely start loving one another.
  • Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
Faith + Works = Salvation
Believing + Obedience = Salvation

Faith – Works = Death
Believing – Obedience = Death

The choice is yours to make, and that choice will determine where you spend Eternity.
Choose Wisely.

In His Holy and Precious Name, Jesus Christ