The following articles are related to the topic of BELIEF

Does the ESV Translation Promote “Faith Alone” Salvation?

"Does the English Standard Version of the New Testament promote the doctrine of 'salvation by faith alone' in Romans 10:9-10?" This text, in the ESV (2001) reads as follows: "because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart ... read more »

Contend Earnestly for the Faith

Jude was in the process of planning a correspondence-or perhaps actually writing-to his fellow Christians concerning their common salvation when suddenly (obviously under the impulse of the Spirit) he was constrained to urge his brothers to "contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints" (v. 3). It becomes obvious from the subsequent information in ... read more »

Isn’t Christ the Author of “Our” Faith?

"In a previous article ("Is Faith the Gift of Ephesians 2:8?"), involving a discussion of Ephesians 2:8, you argued that faith is not a 'gift' resulting from God's sovereignty.Instead, you contended that faith is man's responsibility.He develops faith as a result of the evidence that God has provided.If your position is true, how do you explain the statement that we ... read more »

O Woman, Great Is Your Faith!

Jesus Christ and His disciples were under considerable pressure. The hostility of the Jews had intensified. Hence, the Master and His men withdrew into the borders of Tyre and Sidon (in Phoenicia) to the northwest of Canaan. Here the Lord encountered a remarkable woman, of whom He exclaimed: "O woman, great is your faith." With such a tribute from the ... read more »

Should a Christian Marry Outside the Faith?

Is it wrong for a Christian to marry outside the faith? If so, how does he or she repent? This is a multifaceted question and it would not do it justice to answer it hastily. A preliminary foundation must be laid. We would offer the following thoughts for careful study. Marriage, A Sacred Relationship Designed By God First of all, ... read more »

Fortifying the Faith of Our Children

"My son was raised in the church. We taught him the Bible. As a youngster he sometimes helped to serve the Lord's supper. He even gave talks occasionally. After he was in college a while, something changed. He began to question the teaching of the Scriptures. Now, he professes no faith at all. What happened?" This is a story that ... read more »

Are Apostates from the Faith beyond Repentance?

"Please explain Hebrews 6:6. Is it 'impossible' for some people to repent of their sins and be saved? This seems to be in conflict with Peter's statement that God wants all people to come to repentance (2 Pet. 3:9)." Hebrews 6:6, especially the part that reads, "it is impossible to renew them again unto repentance," is troubling to many sincere ... read more »

A Faith-Building Study From Daniel 11

If we measure the significance of Daniel 11 by the amount of attention that critics give it, then it must be a chapter of great magnitude. Indeed it is. In his work, Daniel the Prophet, E.B. Pusey wrote: "The book of Daniel is especially fitted to be a battlefield between faith and unbelief. It admits of no half-measures. It is ... read more »

Were the King James Version Translators Biased Toward the “Faith-Only” Doctrine?

"In your commentary on the book of Acts, you cited an author who suggested that the translators of the King James Version had a denominational bias that inclined toward the 'faith-only' doctrine. What is the basis of this charge?" The King James Version is an old and respected translation of the Holy Scriptures. We have a very high regard for ... read more »

Does the Operation of the Spirit Precede Faith?

"Do John 1:11-13 and John 8:47 teach that a person must have a direct operation of the Holy Spirit in order to believe the gospel?" Two things must be borne in mind in addressing any controversial passage: One must determine the meaning of a verse by looking at the immediate context.No interpretation can be placed upon a difficult passage that ... read more »