But the goal of God’s word when properly studied is to conform our thinking to God’s so as to better understand His word. This can only be accomplished through the agency of the Holy Spirit, and can only be realized when exegetes can admit that they can and do err; and are then willing to correct that error when it is pointed out. Here we enter interesting territory since more than a few who read these words will likely disagree with the errors I have observed during my time studying God’s word.
One grievous error is this: salvation couples faith and works. In other words, salvation is working faithfully to achieve eternal life, which God offers apparently only to those who serve Him. As one proponent of this theology said to me: “Where does it say that faith alone saves?” My answer is this: where doesn’t it say that faith alone saves? But if we seek a less ambiguous and combative response, one that hopefully edifies, let us allow Scripture to answer.