…that in the coming ages…
Quite honestly I think we are on the same page. We both agree we are saved by grace. We both agree we have to have faith and we both agree we have to do good works. The only thing that separates us is you don’t believe our good work in Christ, after initial salvation, merits additional graces (God’s favor). I see where you are coming from I just don’t get it. If good works are not necessary for salvation then we shouldn’t need to do them.
I totally agree, faith plays an important role. I’m not saying it’s all about works. I’m saying you can’t have one without the other. None of these verses claims faith alone.
Acts 16:31 continues to 33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their wounds, and he was baptized at once, with all his family.
Sure looks like they had to also “DO” something. Sure you can say that was after faith or that isn’t a work. However, the fact that St. Paul took them “THAT VERY HOUR” and BAPTIZED THEM AT ONCE", sure makes it seem pretty darn important.
John 1:12. I would ask how do you interpret “he gave power to become children of God”. What is the power and what are the responsibilities of a child of GOD? Also, continue to verse 16 And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace. I understand how Catholics receive grace upon grace, how do you receive additional grace?
Acts 15:9 This has nothing to do with good works. This has to do with the Mosaic Works of Law. Also it says He cleansed their heart by faith. If you read to verse 11 it says But we believe that we shall be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.” Faith and Grace are not synonyms.
1 Peter 1:5 go to 17 And if you invoke as Father him who judges each one impartially according to his deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile. If our works have zero value how come we are judged by them?
Romans 11. St. Paul is referencing Jesus parable about the branches. And why were they cut off? Because they bore no fruit (good works).
Yes it is, but it doesn’t say faith alone. Let’s look at verse 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
I would ask how does one please God? By faith alone? OR By Loving God and Loving neighbor (which we call good works)
I could keep going on but I think if we read scripture as a whole we can see that it is not a testimony to “faith alone”.