Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Marks of Saving Faith (part 1)




by John MacArthur




What kind of things do and do not prove the genuineness of saving faith?


Answer


Churches today are filled with people who hold to a faith that does not save. James referred to this as a "dead faith"-meaning a mere empty profession (James 2:17, 20, 26). Paul wrote to the people in the church at Corinth to test or examine themselves to see if they were truly in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). As important as it was in Paul's day, how much more important it is for people in our churches today to put their faith to the test and to make sure they have not been deceived.


But where do we start? By what criteria do we determine true from empty faith? What are the distinguishing marks of genuine saving faith? Surprisingly, there are a number of popular standards or tests that really don't prove the genuineness of one's faith one way or the other. So before we look at the tests that prove genuine faith, let's take a look at some popular tests that neither prove nor disprove the genuineness of one's faith.…




2 comments:

Mark Penrith said...

Hi there,

I've hovered over the link "Continue reading...." and it's going nowhere in a hurry. Broken?

Also the OpenID option on the comments wouldn't allow me to publish http://markpenrith.wordpress.com. Broken as well?

In Christ,

Mark

Robert Tewart said...

I fixed it. Thanks mate!