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Can one be saved by faith in God alone, without faith in Christ?

As I was picking up my things after teaching the Builders Class, I was asked this question by a member of the small group (Bible 101)that was coming into the same room at 10:45.

This question touches on the issue of Christianity and other religions and my first response would be to be in reference to some of my previous thoughts on the subject and the great comments added. You can find those posts here –

I do not have anything additional to add to those thoughts other than these references from Our Doctrinal Standards and General Rules as a United Methodist congregation:

The Articles of Religion of the Methodist Church: Article IX—Of the Justification of Man

We are accounted righteous before God only for the merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, by faith, and not for our own works or deservings. Wherefore, that we are justified by faith, only, is a most wholesome doctrine, and very full of comfort.

The Confession of Faith of The Evangelical United Brethren Church: Article VIII—Reconciliation Through Christ

We believe God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself. The offering Christ freely made on the cross is the perfect and sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world, redeeming man from all sin, so that no other satisfaction is required.

The Confession of Faith of The Evangelical United Brethren Church: Article IX—Justification and Regeneration

We believe we are never accounted righteous before God through our works or merit, but that penitent sinners are justified or accounted righteous before God only by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe regeneration is the renewal of man in righteousness through Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, whereby we are made partakers of the divine nature and experience newness of life. By this new birth the believer becomes reconciled to God and is enabled to serve him with the will and the affections.

We believe, although we have experienced regeneration, it is possible to depart from grace and fall into sin; and we may even then, by the grace of God, be renewed in righteousness.

How would you interpret these articles? How would you respond to this question?

By Andrew Conard

Christian, husband, son, brother, homeowner

6 replies on “Can one be saved by faith in God alone, without faith in Christ?”

Well the answer to your question is no because Jesus said, “I and the father are one.”
He also said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except by me”

He also told the pharisees “Before Abraham was born, I AM”.

This one is pretty simple – I think the answer for faithful Christians across the 2000 plus years of our existence has always been NO. To be a Christian is to by definition believe that faith in Jesus is required for salvation. Our doctrinal standards are unmistakable on this point, as was Wesley’s preaching and his charge to his preachers. This is one of those areas where I am decidedly black and white.

“You have nothing to do but save souls – so spend and be spent in this work”

Based on John 14:6 and Romans 10:9-10 (a multiplicity of other verses could also be cited), one can not be saved apart from faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord.

The expression of Faith cited here is most admirable. I too believe in Christ. However for myself, this belief lead to belief in Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith and the fulfilment of the promise of Christ.

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