Faith or Works?
I found the sentence “. . . false teachers
had . . . brought a works-based gospel to
them” in the article “Escape from Darkness”
offensive. I am Roman Catholic and I believe
that salvation comes from both faith and
Not every one that saith unto me,
Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom
of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my
Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).
Please avoid such phrasing in the future.
Esther D., Email
Editor’s Response: Ephesians 2:8 states
that we are saved by grace (God’s unmerited
favor) through faith (in Jesus Christ as
Savior and Lord). Verse 9 specifically rules
out works as a way of earning salvation.
Verse 10 explains the role of works: we
created in Christ Jesus for good works.”
Good works are not a means of salvation,
but a result of being saved. Verses 1–7 make
this clear when they say that God has made
us alive “
who were dead in trespasses and
sins.” A corpse can do nothing to make
itself alive or save itself.
The Bible teaches that we can do nothing
to earn our salvation or add to the saving
work of Jesus Christ on the Cross and in
His Resurrection. When we try to earn
salvation or add our good works to His
perfect work, we deny that Christ’s work is
sufficient. That’s what makes a works-based
salvation so dangerous. Our faith must be
in Jesus Christ completely, or it’s not really
in Him at all. The good works He then
enables us to do confirm that we truly
have trusted Him as Savior and Lord and
have been born again to eternal life
(John 3:3–16, 5:24; Titus 3:5).
America a Christian Nation?
This article leaves me very disheartened. While I agree that America, at present, is not a “Christian nation,” yet for Dr. Frazer to deny our Christian heritage and founding is disconcerting at best. To downplay the founders’ trust in God and their steadfast promotion of Christian morals and ethics is simply irresponsible.
John R., Warrensburg, Missouri
Thank you for publishing Dr. Gregg Frazer’s article about the founding of our nation. It was a bitter pill to swallow, but as a Christian, I want to be honest and accurate in all my positions. I know that God does not need us to promote His kingdom by shading the truth with poor scholarship.
Dave D., Email
Sign of Creation
I was so excited when I read the eight-letter word creation spelled in sign language in the last magazine. Recently, I started studying ASL. I have been thinking and praying about a future ASL-related career/ministry and about apologetics! I’m excited to see what God will do through Calvin Farley!
Elizabeth F., Email
Helping Parents Teach
Because of your magazine, I have been better equipped with biblically based answers for my son’s inquisitive mind!
This past winter, at the age of four and a half, he wrote his first letter to the editor. I had found him reading a popular children’s magazine, and he pointed out an article about dinosaurs being millions of years old. He said, “Mommy, they can’t know this for sure because nobody was there when it happened, but God was. We should write to them and tell them that.”
And so we did!
Thank you for equipping my family with such a valuable tool to think critically from a biblical perspective as we engage the world.
Laura S., Email
Through Your Lens: Poison dart frogs do not eat plants. However, it is likely that their toxins come from plants via the insects the frogs eat.