The Kind of Faith in God That Destroys
There is a faith, a so called Christian faith, that destroys. Those who hold such a faith,while sincere, do not understand faith from a scriptural point of view. Faith is all toooften defined as "what I believe." There is more to saving faith than just believing inJesus, believing he is the Son of God.If faith alone, defined as what one believes, could save by itself then even the demonscould be saved for James says, "even the demons believe--and tremble!" (James 2:19 NKJV) What they believed was that there was one God but by studying the gospelaccounts one also knows they believed in Jesus for they often confessed him. One suchexample is Mark 3:11, "And whenever the unclean spirits beheld Him, they would falldown before Him and cry out, saying, 'You are the Son of God!'" (NAS)Another example is found in Luke 4:33-34 (NAS), "And there was a man in thesynagogue possessed by the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loudvoice, 'Ha! What do we have to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come todestroy us? I know who you are -- the Holy One of God!'"Yet another example is Luke 5:41 (NAS), "And demons also were coming out of many,crying out and saying, 'You are the Son of God!' And rebuking them, He would not allowthem to speak, because they knew Him to be the Christ."But, it is not just demons who have faith that has not availed. In Mark 10:17-23 we havethe account of the man who is generally referred to as the rich young ruler. It is too longto quote in its entirety so I quote only the relevant verses. (Mark 10:17 NAS), "And asHe was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and beganasking Him, 'Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?'"And then (Mark 10:21-23 NAS), "And looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him, and saidto him, 'One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess, and give to the poor, and youshall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.' But at these words his face fell, andhe went away grieved, for he was one who owned much property. And Jesus, lookingaround, said to His disciples, 'How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter thekingdom of God!'"Here was a man Jesus loved and a man who certainly believed in Jesus. Did his faithsave him? His faith failed when he was asked to act upon it. There is a message in thatand yet he did believe Jesus was the answer.John 12:42 proves beyond doubt there is a faith that destroys rather than saves."Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in him, but because of the Pharisees theywere not confessing him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved theapproval of men rather than the approval of God." (NAS) Would you say these believerswere saved?