Question: Is a Faith a Work?

Recently, I was in a conversation with a person who held to a strict Calvinistic position. That is, he believed in the five point TULIP principles. During the conversation, we discussed Ephesians 2:8 and how the word “that” cannot refer to faith because of the Greek grammatical construction, but it must refer to “salvation,” which is elliptical (which means it is implied by the verb “saved”). As the discussion continued, I stated that faith was a non-meritorious decision.  There is no merit before God. Then he commented that a decision or faith is an action and salvation is not obtained by a work or an action. Continue reading

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Does Luke’s writing hide the narrow road to salvation?

Question: I heard a message, which was on works.  It was from Luke.  Luke 18:18 / The Rich Ruler and Luke 10:25 / The Good Samaritan.  I’ve been searching the Scriptures for other Words about eternal life and Luke seems to be the only Book I can find where works could be taken to be the way to eternal life.  Continue reading