This has been gone over a million times. Let’s not hijack this thread and get it closed down. No, our works don’t save us, but they aren’t filthy either. Every good work of ours is a good work of Christ, and Christ’s works sure as heck aren’t filthy. We also have to remember that our works are necessary for salvation even if they themselves don’t save us. The concept of a true faith that always produces works versus a false faith that doesn’t is completely foreign to Scripture. When we’re talking about trees, we need to remember the most important words Jesus spoke about them:
“Every tree that doesn’t bring forth good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire”
He doesn’t say that every bad tree is thrown into the fire, or that every tree is spared. He doesn’t judge the trees based on their goodness or badness, He judges the trees based on the fruits they produce. This is just one of dozens of NT passages talking about judgement, with every single one referring to works or deeds and never to faith. We are saved by faith to be sure, in the sense that faith allows us to do good works by Christ working through us, and by these works will we be judged.
“though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.”
Remember, the Ephesians had great faith, such that St. Paul commends them for it, and yet he still warns them:
“For know and recognize this: no sexually immoral or impure or greedy person, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of the Messiah and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for because of these things God’s wrath is coming on the disobedient.”
He speaks to people who he has just commended for being strong in faith about works. If these works were meaningless, he would not so strongly warn them.
In fact, this is the one passage that every Sola Fide person needs to read again and again. Paul writes directly to them when he says, “Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for because of these things God’s wrath is coming on the disobedient.”
Now let’s get on topic. Luke 1:6. Mary. Immaculate conception. Yay!