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Answering The Atheist
December 17, 2006 / Volume 6, Issue 51

Is salvation by faith alone? There are numerous verses which indicate that salvation is by faith alone (Mark 16:16; John 3:18, 36; Acts 16:30-31; Romans 1:16-17; 3:20, 28; 4:2, 13; 5:1; 10:9; Galatians 2:16; 3:11-12; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5), but there are numerous other verses which indicate that salvation is not by faith alone (Psalm 62:12; Proverbs 10:16; Jeremiah 17:10; Ezekiel 18:27; Matthew 5:20; 12:37; 16:27; 19:17; 25:41-46; Luke 10:26-28; John 5:29; Romans 2:6, 13; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 11:15; Philippians 2:12; James 2:14, 17; 21-25; 1 Peter 1:17; Revelation 2:23; 20:12-13; 22:14). Is there a contradiction?

Interestingly, not one of the verses which the questioner listed as texts that say we are saved by faith alone says we are saved by "faith alone". Faith is necessary for salvation, but there is not a verse in all the Scripture which establishes faith as the only requirement for salvation. And, equally interesting, the very first text listed by the question as a "faith alone" text necessitates both faith and baptism for salvation.

For a detailed discussion on whether the Bible teaches salvation by faith alone, please visit a written debate available on our site on that topic.

There is no contradiction.

This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible