The Protestant Loophole
Sometime after 1517, Martin Luther invented the doctrine of Sola Fide. Protestants point out many verses that they claim supports the Doctrine of Sola Fide. I believe that these Protestants, most of them good people, just presuppose Faith Alone to be contained in those verses. I’m not going to rehash Luther adding the word ALONE to Holy Spirit Inspired Scripture verses such as Romans 3:28, where he readily admits adding Alone to the word Faith to make the verse say “Faith Alone.”
One of my arguments against Sola Fide is that even the Greek Orthodox Church, in schism with the Roman Catholic Church since 1054, didn’t discover Sola Fide after being free of Roman influence. The Greek Orthodox Church reads sacred scripture in the original Greek. Why not? Because the Doctrine of Sola Fide is not contained in Scripture.
First, Jesus never uses the phrase “Faith Alone. Second, St. Paul uses the word FAITH over 200 times in his Epistles. He uses the word ALONE 17 times in his Epistles. St. Paul never, not once, uses the phrase “FAITH ALONE’. He had over 200 opportunities so say “It is by Faith Alone,” yet the phrase Faith Alone is only found in one verse and it says the exact opposite of what Martin Luther says about Faith alone:
You see that a person is justified by works and not by sola fide.
According to this doctrine we are justified by Faith Alone. Nothing we do in our lives, no works, no good deeds will take away our salvation. And here is what Luther says to highlight this new and unheard of doctrine:
Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly.
Sounds nice, commit a sin and God does not hold it to account. This is the Protestant Loophole. No matter what you do, even breaking all 10 commandments and you will still go to heaven. You have now obligated God to hold to your doctrine of “Sola Fide.”
I’m sure there have been many a Protestant who has fallen under the dominion of Sin and has Sinned Boldly. Nothing, absolutely nothing can come between you and your salvation because you believe in this doctrine of Sola Fide. So Sin Boldly my friend.
Catholics believe that once you are saved, you must also be Obedient to that faith. You profess that faith by the life you live. The faith you claim is readily apparent to those around you. But Protestants believe that if you are a backslider, you’re still going to go to heaven because nothing you say or do can snatch you out of the very hand of Christ. A Protestant hit me with John 10:29 –
28 … and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 “My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
What many Protestants fail to understand when they quote this verse, is that, yes Satan isn’t powerful enough to snatch you out of the Fathers hand. But we can snatch ourselves out of His hand mainly by Sin. St. Paul lists many sins that if you commit, you will not go to heaven or be raised up on the Last Day and be with God the Father for all eternity.
NOWHERE in scripture does it say you will be allowed in heaven if you commit such sins.
Many verses attest to how one can lose their salvation. But the argument usually ends up with the Protestant saying “they weren’t saved to begin with.” It’s not what scripture teaches. Jesus tells us in the Parable of the Sower that we can believe for a time and then lose our salvation. The multitude of excuses I hear on this parable is mind boggling. Doesn’t anyone pay heed to the Red Letter Words of Jesus anymore?
Sola Fide is the LoopHole that allows a Protestant to Sin Boldly.
Catholics know better. We have confession and an advocate with the Father who intercedes for us when we pray for forgiveness with groans to deep for words.