:)I’m familiar with verses that require Christians to follow Jesus and God the father and that faith and actions should work together to complete faith like in the book of James. Some Catholic sources says it’s the initial Christianhood that requires only faith but keeping yourself saved requires you to follow Jesus, the apostles and God and maybe the church leaders. But I also found these. I need explanation.
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
See in these examples, it both teaches a that a Christian is saved not by works but by grace, mercy and faith. While later says that Christians ought to do “good works”. Looks conflicted, I need explanation.
:DIt’s conflicting too in Catholic Answers
This one says "grace alone"
In this one, the word “work” is referring to the “works of the law” which is the Mosaic Law. Probably specific for that Ephesians verses.
:)I found something that explicitly, Paul is endorsing “faith plus righteousness” and setting aside the law that Abraham recieved(But I know it’s Moses who got the “old laws”)
It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.
David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
And what does this mean of righteousness apart from works? Between righteousness and works, what’s the difference?
We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness. Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before! And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised.
In this one, it’s faith only that what made him righteous. And the work which is the circumcision is said to be the “seal of righteousness”. What does it mean? A completed righteousness, or merely a* notification of righteousness**? Works as notification of righteousness is taught to me by a Baptist Protestant, it’s what he said defend Sola Fide from the book of James verses that requires works and faith together.
:)That’s all for now. This is my old topic discussing this. forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=969028&highlight=refuting
I’m rereading it, I forgot most of the replies.