I’m so close to leaving Protestantism. I know it’s false, but I just need an extra push or something (plus my wife is having a really hard time with my wanting to go back to the Church). One thing that I keep going back to over and over is “what if Sola Fide is true?”
One Protestant argument that I frequently hear is that “James doesn’t actually prove faith + works. James is saying that a faith that is not evidenced by works is dead. So, if you say you believe but you don’t have any works, you probably don’t have saving faith. If you do have saving faith, it will be shown by the works that you do.” How would you refute that?
Something interesting that I got from Jimmy Akin:
Justification is clearly seen as a past event in scripture:
a. Romans 5:1-2
b. Romans 5:9
c. 1 Cor 6:11
But Abraham was justified multiple times:
a. Abraham “believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness.” - Romans 4:3; Genesis 15:5
b. By Faith (Heb 11:2), Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out…" Heb
11:8. This is saving faith. This event was originally recorded in
Genesis 12:1-4, 3 chapters before he was justified in Genesis 15:6. So,
Abraham was already justified well before he was justified in Genesis
If Abraham had saving faith back in Genesis 12, he was justified back in Genesis 12. But, Paul clearly tells us that he was also justified in Genesis 15. The event in James 2:21-23 occurred much later, in Genesis 22, where Abraham was justified again. So, Abraham was justified before God at least 3 times.
That has helped me see that justification is not just a one-time event but, for some reason, it’s like I keep forgetting these objections to Sola Fide and start thinking “maybe the Protestants are right.” I just want to be over it once and for all.