Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A miserable, worthless kind of faith

O what a miserable, worthless kind of saving faith is this, that cannot fit a believer to practise in a gospel manner on the most pure and powerful principles of grace, but rather leaves him to work on legal principles, which can never bring him to serve God acceptably out of love! - Walter Marshall

A faith that leaves you trying to earn your salvation has left you where you were before you were saved in regards to fitting you to live a godly life. A legalistic approach to gospel-living is doomed to fail. If good works could get it done, we would not need grace. The only hope for godliness in our daily lives is a faith that rests solely on the grace of Christ; this provides the motivation and the means whereby we are sanctified.

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