PLEASE CONSIDER THE QUESTION!
The question is not: HOW are we saved?
The question is: WHO has eternal life?
Many on this newsgroup simply do not grasp the teaching
of John about who has eternal life.
"Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin;"
I John 3:6
Surely we all agree that those who are born of God must
have faith. Therefore, it must follow that those who
commit sin - do not have faith.
IF: Those who are born of God have faith in Christ.
AND: "Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin."
1 John 3:6
THEN: Those who commit sin do not have faith in Christ.
IT IS JUST THAT SIMPLE!
Those who think they have faith in Christ and yet
commit sin, do not have faith in Christ.
"He that committeth sin is of the devil;"
I John 3:8
John was not teaching that we are "saved by our works"
and neither are those who quote him. However, John
was teaching that those who claim to believe in Christ
and still commit sin are not of God --they are of the devil.
Again, for you who have previously misunderstood our
posts, please understand us now - the question is not
"HOW are we born of God?" The question is WHO is born
I Jn 3:10
"In this the children of God are manifest, and the
children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness
is not of god, neither he that loveth not his brother."