24. Do all men have a measure of faith?



No, for Paul said to the saints of Thessalonica the following words: “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith” (2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 – NKJV).

On the other hand, it is sufficient to think of how many people say that they are atheists (that is, people who don’t believe in the existence of God) to realize that not all have faith. How can someone who says in his heart, ‘There is no God’ have at least a little measure of faith? I am persuaded that such a thing is not possible.

Therefore those who teach that all men have a certain measure of faith are mistaken.

Instead, it is true that each believer has a measure of faith because Paul says to the saints of Rome: “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith” (Romans 12:3 – NKJV).