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in the religious world, carries with it a spirit of self-exaltation, and a disregard for the law of God, that mark it as foreign to the religion of the Bible. Its advocates teach that sanctification is an instantaneous work, by which, through faith alone, they attain to perfect holiness. “Only believe,” say they, “and the blessing is yours.” No further ef- fort on the part of the receiver is supposed to be required. At the same time they deny the au- thority of the law of God, urging that they are released from obligation to keep the command- ments. But is it possible for men to be holy, in accord with the will and character of God, with- out coming into harmony with the principles which are an expression of His nature and will, and which show what is well-pleasing to Him?
The desire for an easy religion, that requires no striving, no self-denial, no divorce from the follies of the world has made the doctrine of faith, and faith only, a popular doctrine; but what saith the Word of God? Says the apostle James: “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? . . Wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our fa- ther justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made per- fect? . . Ye see then how that by works a man is justi- fied, and not by faith only.” James 2:14, 20-22, 24.
The testimony of the Word of God is against this ensnaring doctrine of faith without works. It is not faith that claims the favor of Heaven with-