[Born2win;1986945]The “intellectual faith” you described, I think would be more appropriately described as “mis-informed” faith. All faith has an intellectual dimension.
I’m assuming you were talking to me, so I’ll respond. Sola fide informis is unformed faith. I didn’t say formed faith doesn’t have an intellectual component, yes both types of faith have an intellectual component.
The Pharisee’s believed in God, and they had faith that their system of religion would gain them favor with God… but they were mis-informed. They had faith in the wrong thing.
Yes, the Pharisees did try to gain favor with God, but didn’t because they didn’t obey the moral law of God and but thought because they obeyed the Mosaic law, that would obligate God to give them salvation, simply because they circumcised, obeyed the dietary laws or did works of the law (or works of the Torah). The Pharisees did NOT obey the moral law of God because they didn’t obey the moral law and do those works of mercy, i.e., take care of the widows, but would declare corban, which was a legal way of attempting to circumvent the moral law and ignoring the poor, suffering and weak. By not obeying the moral law (something NO one can ignore and expect salvation) Jesus said they appeared clean on the outside but were dirty on the inside. We see the parrellel of this in Mt 25. Jesus speaks of the righteous in vs 34-40 who obeyed the moral law of God (or moral law of Christ) and did so by faith and obedience and for God’s glory. Verses 41-46 describes the “Pharisial” type
of works that people do, yet do so without grace and charity and attempt to obligate God to save them.
We are called to believe in Christ… and to have faith in His plan of salvation.
And you would agree that to believe is to obey, I’m sure as Paul speaks of “the obedience of faith” in Romans 1:5 and 16:26, that we don’t merely believe as you said before but also obey by faith.
After we are saved we are then empowered to have faith in God, because He has showed us His “faithfulness” to keep His word.
"Heb 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of [our] faith without wavering; (for he [is] faithful that promised;) "
Yes I see your point and agree. The model is God gives us the grace to have the faith to do the works of charity.