We are increasingly puzzled at this protestant idea that faith without works is sufficient for salvation. The matter seems clear from James who states that, "Faith without works is dead" (James 2:26). However, protestants twist this and state that works naturally follow from true faith. Thus, all man needs is true faith and then good works proceed as a logical consequence.
In many ways, this interpretation does not only show that all protestants are gnostics (for trying to seek truth through scripture on their own despite the admonition of 2 Peter 1:20), but also that they are subtly denying original sin. This seems to be a tough view to hold given the Lutheran view on grace, but in essence protestants do deny this sin because they deny that one who has true faith can still fall. Did not Adam and Eve have faith? They spoke with God. They even saw Him. What about Paul? Have they read him: "And if I should have prophesy and should know all mysteries, and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that I could move mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing." (1 Corinthians 13: 2). Of course, the best scriptural evidence comes from the Gospels from those who have the most faith in Jesus Christ as Son of God: the demons whom He expels.
"And behold they [the demons] cried out saying: What have we to do with thee, Jesus Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?" (Matt 8: 29). What faith! Not only do they profess that Jesus is the Son of God, but they also have a profound knowledge of the Old Testament because they also profess belief in the final judgment. And to think! Peter only professes that Christ is the Son of God in Matthew 16: 16-- eight chapters later! How come Jesus didn't make the demons the rock on which He built His Church? Oh yeah...good works don't necessarily flow from faith and faith alone does not save man.
Tune in next time for how protestants also have shades of manichaeanism because of their prudery-- especially in regard to their policies on alcohol.