This is an honest and significant response to the Faith Alone or Free Grace Movement. In this work Dr. Sujaya James tackles the inherent link between salvation/assurance and discipleship in the writings of the Apostle John to demonstrate that Faith Alone teaching is inconsistent with John's presentation of salvation and discipleship continuum. When a person believes in Jesus Christ, he/she becomes a believer and not a disciple. The above statement represents the distinctive doctrine of the Faith Alone or Free Grace Movement. The expanding influence of this group is strong and substantial. The proponents insist that there exists no necessary link between salvation/assurance and discipleship. For their teaching, they depend heavily on John's Gospel and his epistles. Does the Fourth Evangelist teach such a distinction as they claim? This is an important question. Those of the Faith Alone persuasion interpret John's writings with this disjunction in mind. Often when new believers are instructed to read the bible, they are dire ted to begin with the fourth Gospel. How are they to answer questions that arise in their study of it?
Does the Evangelist teach a disjunction between salvation/assurance and discipleship, or does he view them on a continuum? Faith Alone proponents teach that the former is the case. Are they right? It is the thesis of this work that Faith Alone adherents take an incorrect approach to Johannine literature. Although salvation, assurance, and discipleship can be distinguished they cannot be separated from each other. John saw them on a continuum. In fact, he taught that one's continuation in the faith was the evidence of its genuineness. Those who drew back from continuing in the faith showed that they did not belong to Christ. Their profession was a false one or inadequate. This truth was illustrated particularly in Judas Iscariot.
Dr. Sujaya T. James received his Ph.D. in New Testament from Dallas Theological Seminary. He currently serves as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Carver College where he has served as Professor and Director of Bible and Theology.
Abstract/Foreword by J. Carl Laney; Preface/Acknowledgements/Abbreviations; Chapter I: INTRODUCTION; The Need for the Evaluation; The Goal of the Evaluation; The Procedure and Parameters of the Evaluation; An Outline of the Evaluation; Chapter II: A BRIEF REVIEW OF FAITH ALONE PROPONENTS' VIEWS OF THE PURPOSES OF JOHN'S GOSPEL AND HIS EPISTLES; Introduction; Faith Alone Proponents' View of the purpose of John's Gospel; A Review of Faith Alone Proponents' View of the purpose of John's Gospel.