Topical Guide/Doctrinal issues/Basic Gospel Principles/Faith

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Martin Harris' "Eye of Faith" and "Spiritual Eye" statements

Summary: Martin Harris frequently told people that he did not see the golden plates and the angel with his natural eyes but rather with “spiritual eyes” or the “eye of faith.”

Why were the Lectures on Faith removed from Doctrine and Covenants?

Summary: Critics argue that the Lectures on Faith were "quietly" removed from the Doctrine and Covenants without general church membership consent. Critics contend that the Lectures on Faith are not available to the general Church membership through Church sources, and can only be obtained through non-LDS sources.

Evangelical Christians claim that salvation comes through "faith alone."

Summary: Evangelical Christians claim that salvation comes through "faith alone" (sola fide) and they accuse Latter-day Saints of holding to an un-Biblical belief of "works-based salvation."