Question: So last night I was talking with one of my Protestant friends on religion… and the whole “faith/works” debate got brought up (Oy vey… I know, I know ).
So I explained the Catholic side of things (faith and works… you know, not “and/or” but “both/and”), but when he started explaining his stance on the matter, his response really perplexed me:
Rather than stating the ‘traditional’ Protestant “faith alone” arguments I have encountered in the past (like the typical Lutheran quotes, “Be a sinner and sin boldly”… “No sin will separate us from the lamb, even though we commit fornication and murder a thousand times a day”, yada yada)… my friend’s response was:
“No, you have to do act like a Christian, (not just talk the talk, but walk the walk)… but a ‘truly saved’ person will do these ‘good works’ no matter what.”
So, essentially, I thought, (besides the ‘saved’ talk), “Well, we’re on the same page here! Welcome aboard, buddy!”… but, he vehemently insisted and denied that he didn’t believe in “works” and went on ranting for the rest of the evening about how a “truly saved” person would do good Christian works regardless, etc etc. Anyone else ever encountered a scenario like this before? What’s with this “truly saved” jargon?? (It seems to go against the ‘once saved, always saved’ philiosophy many of them hold so dear to).
Any ideas on what he’s talking about or where to take the discussion from here? Thanks in advance, friends!