Last Sunday I visited yet another church, looking for somewhere to have fellowship. And yet again, I found what is probably the most common deception out there…Claiming that justification is not of works, but then adding the doubletalk of backloading works (repentance of sins) as a validation of salvation before God.
Sometimes people will cite James to justify this sort of doctrine. But James’ point, is about being justified before men…not God.
The book of John, Romans 3 & 4, Galatians, Ephesians 2, and a slew of other bible references make it crystal clear…Salvation is received without any works whatsoever, (not having to turn from one single sin); believing on Christ + nothing is the only way of salvation.
Salvation is entirely by grace through faith.