Very often there is what we must needs describe as a mystical view of faith. This certainly accounts for the trouble in many people. By a mystical view I mean a conception of faith which always thinks of it as a whole. Putting it negatively I mean that such people do not realize that faith needs to be supplemented by virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and charity, as the apostle shows here. They have one formula only and the one formula is that you must always be looking to the Lord’, and as long as you look to the Lord’ there is nothing else to do. They say that any attempt to do anything else is dropping back to the ‘salvation by works’ position. So if you have a problem in your Christian life they say to you: ‘Just look to the Lord, abide in the Lord’.
This is a very common error.