Is Salvation By Faith Alone?
The answer is No! If we were saved by faith alone then (legally) works would not be necessary for salvation. And if works were not necessary for salvation then there would be no possibility of us ever loosing our salvation. But scripture gives many examples of it being possible to loose (neglect) our salvation.
The parable of the Sower shows how a believer (a ground that sprung up) can be choked out by the cares of this world (Luke 8:13). Likewise the parable of the vine teaches that we must abide in his word and his commandments or we stand the possibility of being cut off (John 15:6). Also Paul in Romans explains how some of the natural (Israel) branches were cut off due to unbelief. And how we (Gentiles) are grafted in by believing, but also gives warning that we (too) stand the possibility of being be cut off, IF we Do Not remain in his goodness (Romans 11:22). But even more plainly we have the following scriptures that more clearly indicate that a believer can loose (neglect) his salvation:
-For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them AGAIN to repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God and put him to an open shame. (Hebrews 6:4-6)
-For if we sin willfully AFTER that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth No More Sacrifice For Sins! But a certain fearful looking of judgement and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. (Hebrews 10:26-27)
-For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are AGAIN entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than, after to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. (2Peter 2:20-21)
And lastly we have the following plain statements of James 2:
-(In the negative it asks) Can faith (being alone) save him? v14
-Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. v17
-But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead. v20
-Was not Abraham our father justified by WORKS, when he offered Isaac his son upon the altar? v21
-Ye see then how that by Works a man is justified, and NOT BY FAITH ALONE? v24
-For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also v26