John MacArthur on Authentic Faith
In his book Hard to Believe, MacArthur writes on faith and its fruit. Here is the quote:
Don’t believe anyone who says it’s easy to become a Christian. Salvation for sinners cost God His own Son; it cost God’s Son His life, and it’ll cost you the same thing. Salvation isn’t gained by reciting mere words. Saving faith transforms the heart, and that in turn transforms behavior. Faith’s fruit is seen in actions, not intentions. There’s no room for passive spectators: words without actions are empty and futile. Remember that what John saw in his vision of judgment was a Book of Life, not a Book of Words or Book of Intellectual Musings. The life we live, not the words we speak, reveals where our faith is authentic.1
1John MacArthur, Hard to Believe (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2003), 93.