“Faith alone,” or Sola Fide, has been debated for centuries between Catholics and Protestants. What is sometimes missed, however, is the role of love in justification. If we are justified by faith alone, then what about love? Is love an optional extra? Or does the definition of faith implicitly include love?
Love is not an optional extra, nor is it a part of faith. Love is essential for justification and salvation, and is built upon and ranks higher than faith.
Why is love necessary? For we are called not just to believe in Christ but to live like him. Love is not a human work adding to Christ’s work, but a necessary “work” inspired by grace and offered up to the Father in union with Christ’s work.
In the end, “Faith Alone” is a dangerous fallacy based on a reading of Scripture that
subjects the word of God to the preconceived doctrines of men.