The Bible says, "Jesus said unto him, Go, and do thou likewise."
What does it apply to? Being Gay, Being Nice, Merciful, loving . . .?
You don't understand what Jesus is condoning because the whole of the matter is not being considered. That is the same with the issues that those on the "left" and "right" don't understand. We must consider all the Bible when considering a single verse.
For Example: The Thief on the cross. How was he saved. By faith, yes. By expression of his belief that Jesus was the Son of God, Yes. Was he saved at the point that Jesus said today you will be with me in paradise, yes. Was he saved without baptism? Ah ha!! you can't anwer that because you do not know his background. How did he know who Christ was?
Last Question, Does it matter if he was saved by his expression of faith to Jesus? No!!!!
The Theif on the cross lived and was granted pardon under the Mosaic despensation. Jesus lived a life of a Jew. He corrected morality for all time, but he lived a Jewish life. he sacrifice animals as was commanded by Moses. He offered contribution (tithes) even though He was very poor. He did everything that a Jew had to do and did it perfectly. Then he died.
The thief is not an example of how to be saved today because he did not live in our or under our Christian Despensational law. Many who are proponents of "progressive" things in the Church are simply uninformed of the acceptable way of worship that God wants today. That or else they know it and change it anyway. But I may give most the benifit of the doubt.
Total context does necessarily mean just read the whole verse, or even the whole chapter, or even the whole book, but it means reading all that God had to say concerning said topic and coming to a conclusion based on those things.
We are saved by faith. yes
We are saved by faith only. No
The difference is that you will give the second answer if you have taken into account James, Hebrews and other places in with faith is described (by its application) to be belief plus the action that results.
please consider this and rethink your objections to the arguments offered on this site.