Weak faith is the faith that some may have when they first are baptized. It is the kind of faith where they may not quite be as spiritually strong/mature and may be insecure in matters that we ourselves may be quite secure in.
It is the kind of faith we see in Romans 14: 1-3.
“Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him. “
That’s right. These Christians are not to be condemned, because we’ve all been there, and there may opportunities where we may be again. Temporarily.
Rather, we are to receive them. Accept [for now] that they do not eat/drink/engage in what we may engage in. They never may and that’s also fine.
The point is to encourage those of weak faith to grow. That doesn’t mean for us to force them to do as we do, but to deepen their understanding of the bible, and in doing so, deepen their belief and their faith.
I said that weak faith isn’t saving faith and the reason is, we are to grow beyond weak faith. It’s fine for those who are newly baptized, like newborn babes, but when the time comes, we are to, as Hebrews 5: 12-14 states, move to that solid food. To discern good and evil, and if the time and opportunity comes, to be teachers.
“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are [c]of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
If we, who SHOULD be spiritually strong-teaching and encouraging others, are still in the stage of spiritual infancy. That is wrong. That isn’t going to save us. A faith that stagnates is like a body that stagnates, our muscles atrophy and die. As James puts it in chapter 2 verse 14-17
“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
So for those who are new Christians, welcome to God’s church! Hopefully through my efforts here, and from the efforts of everyone in the Lord’s Church, you may grow and proceed in your spiritual walk as you should. If you’ve been a Christian for some time and still know only the basic principles [if that] consider your life- your spiritual life. What is holding you back? What are you accepting in place of spiritual growth? Will it be enough to see you to Heaven or is it, as in the example recorded in James 2, dead?