Salvation, Justification, & “Faith Alone”

St. Paul’s Teaching on the Organic Relationship of Grace / Faith and Works / Action / Obedience (Collection of 50 Pauline Passages) by Dave Armstrong

Are Catholics Born Again? by Catholic Answers

What do Catholics believe about Salvation? by Jimmy Akin – 8 minutes

  • 3 main things identified with salvation in the Bible: Repentance, Faith in Jesus Christ, and Baptism (1 Pt 3:21 most prominent). Once in a state of salvation, God’s grace will enable us to do good works out of love for God. If we commit grave sin, we can come back through repentance, faith, and sacrament of confession (John 20).

“Faith Alone”

  • “By Faith Alone” by Steve Ray – 27 min
    • John 3:16 is in the present tense – he who “is believing” – so it is continuing, not a one time event.
    • The opposite of the scriptural word “believe” is “disobey”.
    • So believe is like a hot dog. Order a hot dog. Frozen dropped on table. Confused. Wait we got a communication problem. I thought you would understand I would want a cooked hot dog with all the dressings. You didn’t ask for that? Paul says “you must believe” = it’s a pregnant word, like a zip file. The word “believe”is packed with so much, like a code word. We don’t get it. Believe = obey in the Bible. Believe in Jesus’ mind – “believe in me” – where you actually put your life on the line – where you believe enough to obey him, die for him, deny your own life to lose it. Believe is a verb.
  • Justification Sola Fide: Catholic after All? By Chris Malloy
  • Doesn’t John 3:16 clearly indicate that faith alone is necessary for salvation? by Catholic Answers



  1. I have a question:
    How do you understand 1 John 5:1 where the apostle wrote: “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God; and everyone who loves the One Who gives birth also loves those who have been born of Him”?
    As i read this verse, i think it means that if anyone sincerely and truly believes that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ (God’s anointed King of humanity) then that person is born of God and is a child of God (John 1:12) who will never be “snatched out of” God’s hand (John 10:28,29).
    Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?
    Thank you and may God be gracious to you.

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