Yet this is the teaching of the Catholic Church so what was the protest here?
One cannot be saved by faith alone, ie, intellectual assent alone. Nor was it the Catholic Church who coined the phrase “faith alone”.
Why was this term used? Why use a term that contradicts scripture in an effort to redefine what faith means?
But if we refuse to talk about the real original definitions and only talk about the new ones… we get nowhere but confused.
Sola Fide now seems to have three definitions:
*]Luthers definition (and the one the Refomers meant when they used the term)
*]What Catholics interpret the summary of Luther’s definition to mean without looking at what it was a summary of.
*]What random people make up for it to mean.[/LIST]I see no point in discussing what random people arbitrarily decided. It woudn’t accomplish anything.
I see no point in #3 either.
However, I do see merit in the first two.
However, as it comes to number 2, I submit to you that while the Catholic Church did in fact respond to Luther’s premise. Harshly and quickly. And the Catholic Church was not beholden to delve more deeply into his summary when the words on the surface were so misleading. (Although I am in no way saying the Catholic Church did not go into it in depth, just that when the surface is so misleading to the common man, this is what was responded to for the sake of the salvation of the common man.)
Whether or not Luther wished to change the definition of Faith to mean the same thing that the Catholic Church meant by faith hope and charity, to use the term “faith alone” is simply not acceptable and should not be acceptable to any Chrisitan today since the term, if not the meaning of the term, contradicts scripture. And any term that is so misleading, and contradicts scripture on so clearly, should not be used, even if one wants to redefine the term faith.
One is not saved by faith alone. This is the clear teaching of scripture so any desire to redefine the term faith to make it a “saving faith” does not make sense when scripture does not talk about faith alone as a saving faith, but does talk about faith alone NOT saving you.
Peace and God Bless,