The Bible in Romans extols the faith of Abraham. It also points to Abraham as the father of all the faithful. What do we know about Abraham's faith, so that we might emulate it?
Firstly, we know from Galatians 3 that all who embrace the faith of Abraham are blessed by God, so for Bible believers it is essential to understand what Abrahamic faith entails. Secondly we know that Abraham's faith led him to respond to God's promises even when he was blinded to the possibility of their fulfillment. His faith was a total reliance on the faithfulness of God. God, for His part, remained faithful despite Abraham's mistakes.
Finally, we must note that God dealt directly with Abraham and not through human intermediaries. God was not mute where Abraham and his faith were concerned. He did not rely on any human spokesman to get Abraham's attention and instill faith in him.
We should immediately note that this description of Abraham's faith is totally at odds with the description of church instilled faith in God. Church faith is all about human agency in the form of divine authors, copyists, collators, translators, interpreters, and instructors. Church faith is deemed to be the product of proper instruction and the associated commitment to those instructions. Every step in the process of acquiring faith is fraught with human agency and the possibility of error. Despite the church's historic insistence that each of these critical steps was managed by God to insure infallibility, we have no proof. All we do have is our faith in these human agents. We must rely on men in order to later rely on God.
The involvement of these human elements, as precursors to faith in God, make our faith in men more important than our reliance on God. You can't get to God without accepting the word of men. That which precedes, in effect, supersedes.
Anyone should feel uncomfortable with the idea that mere men can stand between you and God, serving as stepping stones to faith in God or not, depending on the quality of their involvement. If my faith is to mirror Abraham's, why would it not come from direct, personal revelation like Abraham's did? Why were the promises to Abraham without repentance; but, according to church doctrine, today's promises are contingent upon myriad requirements, including absolute allegiance to the institutional church?
The faith leading to the better promises of the new covenant cannot logically be so man dependent. If we are to mimic Abraham's faith, we cannot dilute that faith by reliance on any form of human intervention into the faithfulness of God. God alone should be the agent for His children.