In this thread, I would like to limit this to only responses of that question. You can add to my response, or make up one for yourself. Please keep it somewhat short, because it should be something you could tell you fellow Christians if they ask you this question.
If you would like to debate this topic, then please use the other thread I started “Living vs. Dead Faith”.
I have listened to Protestant radio shows where they ask Christians who don’t hold to “saved by faith alone” the following question: “how many good works are needed to get to heaven?”
Well, here is my response.
Well, I would have to say, that at a minimum, you would need at least one more good work than the goats in Matthew chapter 25.
And as for the maximum, where there is not maximum, because scripture tells us that we can’t out give God.
But I think that looking at how many good works are needed misses the mark that Jesus intended.
The Pharisees were caught up with the ‘quanity’ of works. Jesus tells us that they tithed mint and dill. This wasn’t required, but it showed that they were very percise in holding up the law, down to the smallest detail, at the expense of showing love for others.
We shouldn’t be caught up with the quantity of our works, but with the ‘quality’ of our works. Our works should be out of love.
Jesus marveled at the widow who gave the two small coins out of here poverty. Our good works should flow out of us because we have been crucified with Christ, that it is no longer us that live, but Christ that lives in us.
We should see Christ in everyone we meet, and we should show them love in our actions toward them.
This is hard, because we are sinners, and when we fall short, and don’t show this love, we need to ask God for forgiveness, and the strength to be Christ like to all those who God places before us.
Again, it isn’t the number of good works that we should be concerned with, it is the quality of these works, and that they should be out of love, so that people will see Christ living in us, and be drawn to him. We should be the instrument of God’s love.
Again I am not looking for a discussion in this thread, I am looking for responses to that question. Please feel free to change and add to my response, or come up with one of your own.