The second cry of the protestant reformation that we will explore is sola fide which means “by faith alone.” This truth as a focus in the reformation is essential to Christian doctrine. Sinners come to Jesus not by their good works, morality, or penance. They come to Jesus by faith alone. Faith places all of one’s belief in Jesus Christ to be who He says that He is and to do what He says He will do.
Faith is an easy theological word, but it is hard to live and embrace. We live in a culture that is so focused on individual achievement that it is hard for us to acknowledge by faith that Jesus is all we need. Embracing Jesus as the only hope for our salvation and not trying to impress God by adding something to pure faith is the essence of sola fide.