As I iterated in my last post, I will begin to resolve the final two points of the man's false argument. Faith and grace in Christ alone does not save you, but works and Christ does---- in accordance with his argument. Now, I will use a reference passage as a means to refer to the grace alone through faith in Christ in Ephesians 2:1-10 (click on the Scriptural reference to read the passage), but I will use the book of Colossians as the primary source of my argument. Colossians is a fascinating book. If you have never studied it, I advise you to at least catch a glimpse of this Pauline epistle by reading it many times through. The primary theme of Colossians is the supremacy (preeminence) of Christ over all things (Col. 1:15-20, Col. 2:2-3, Col. 2:9-10, Col. 2:13-15, Col. 2:17-19, Col. 3:11). He is the eternal God and no one is like Him. All false philosophies will completely fall by the wayside when we gain a correct view of Christ. As a matter of fact, false philosophies was the exact problem that the Colossian church was facing. Gnosticism was invading the church, asceticism was inching its way through the church doors, and a form of Jewish tradition was seeping into the walls of this church. How was Paul going to help accomplish the task of saving the church at Colossae? The answer, based on what I have said thus far, is to help them discern truth from error, to help them selectively ascertain the truth about Christ from anything (any false doctrine) other than the truth about Christ. This is a brief synopsis of the book of Colossians.
So, what does this have to do with works based salvation? It has everything to do with works based salvation. If Christ is not everything to you and you need something else to complete your salvation, something other than the truth begins to invade your thinking. The false doctrine of Gnosticism, which was invading the Colossian church at the time of the apostolic age, contained a salvation based forum that said you needed Christ plus something else to obtain salvation. This could not be more further from the truth. Catholicism is the exact same way, which was the exact religion that the guy was advocating for. You need works plus Christ in order to gain entrance into heaven. When you begin advocating a salvation type mantra posed in the last sentence, a pivotal question develops in the underlying webbing of a works based salvation. What is that question? .......... End Pt. 1