This is a powerful quote that was too long for twitter...
"Thus it is that justification is ascribed to faith, because it is by faith that we receive Christ; and thus it is by faith only, and not by any other grace. Faith is peculiarly a receiving grace which none other is. Were we said to be justified by repentance, by love, or by any other grace, it would convey to us the idea of something good in us being the consideration on which the blessing was bestowed; but justification by faith conveys no such idea"
- Andrew Fuller The Complete Works of Reverend Andrew Fuller, vol 1ed.
I came across this quote in the book "Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God" by John Piper and just had to share it.
Today it is so common to hear the refrain, "God will save those who are truly loving, or truly "this" or "that" " Or some other sort of high ideal sounding gobbly goop. What Fuller puts so succinctly here is that there is nothing we do(because there is nothing we CAN do) that is the basis of salvation. Only by receiving, through Faith, the finished work of Christ will we be saved.
So lets have quite enough of that watered down universalism that parades itself about as "caring" Christianity. To love is to be truthful. And the truth is only Faith in Christ can save. Everything else leads to destruction.