A song that I really despise is Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.” I don’t even know if that is the name of the song, but I’m sure anyone reading this will know the song I am talking about. Usually if I mention a song, I’ll add a Youtube clip of the song to the blog, but in this case, no, no I will not! I don’t know the song well enough to even begin to tell you the context of the chorus, but it seems like what is called fideism, which is essentially faith stands alone apart from reason or philosophy. Faith trumps all. Just believe. Just have faith. Faith in faith. But what’s the object of the faith? Don’t stop believing, Journey? Don’t stop believing in what?
I watched the worst Liam Neeson movie, The Grey, in a movie theater. I know anyone else who has shared this experience is probably cringing right now. That movie – that movie – oh man… it was bad. In a holy crap we are all about to die talk around a fire, the one character in the bunch who seems to believe in God, although we don’t learn which God, he seems more like a Deist, because God forbid there is a strong Christian character in a Hollywood movie, tells Neeson’s character, “What about your faith? You got to have faith. You can’t lose faith” I wanted to puke – Faith in what? Faith in whom? “Just don’t stop believing?” And most people probably have no problem with this, because they don’t realize that who, or what, we have faith in matters! Pluralism has made all beliefs co-equal and co-valid. The sincerity of your faith doesn’t matter! It’s the dependability of the object of your faith!
A famous saying that emerged from the Reformation is “By grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by Scripture alone with glory to God alone.” This is pulled from Ephesians 2:8-9. However the word Christ, or Jesus, is not found in these two verses. Christ is implied, and to the implication comes from the rest of Scripture. Enjoy looking these verses up and I pray that the Holy Spirit will create, work, sustain, and strengthen faith in your life!
Ephesians 2:8-9 (New International Version)
8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast.
Faith in what, or whom?
2 Timothy 1:9