**RIGHTEOUSNESS AND MERIT by James Akin
Quote:** Protestants who say, … Catholics believe we must do good works in order to become justified — a position which was explicitly condemned at Trent, which taught “nothing that precedes justification, whether faith or works, merits the grace of justification” (Decree on Justification 8).
Justification is the cause, not the consequence, of good works.
The Church teaches that we are made totally righteous — **we receive 100% pure righteousness — in justification. **
You don’t have to do a diddly-do-da thing after being justified by God in baptism in order to go to heaven.
There is no magic level of works one needs to achieve in order to go to heaven.
One is saved the moment one is initially justified. End quote.
Unfortunately some Christian doesn’t know the differences between Initial Justification and Progressive Justification.
Our Initial Justification is an instant event at our baptism.
Our Initial justification is God’s free gift, Christ merited for us on the cross.
As God’s children/elect, at our Initial Justification we have received God free gift of IRREVOCABLE Everlasting life/Salvation, in addition **we have received God’s special grace The Gift of Final Perseverance **which is an Eternal Protection of our Everlasting life/Salvation, to lose it and to end up in hell is a theological impossibility. – DE FIDE Dogma.
For us as God’s children/elect It is crucial to know; at our Initial Justification we get our irrevocable entrance to Heaven as God’s gift and we don’t need to work for it, so all our future works can be done freely out of sheer love for the Glory of God and out of sheer love for others, not for to do slave works to obtain salvation.
After our Initial Justification (monergism) which is an instant event, follow our Progressive Justification (synergism) which is a lifetime event from our Initial Justification until we die.
This is the time when we all should put under our belts as much supernatural works as we can.
By our cooperation with the grace of God we do all kinds of Christian works, not for our entrance to heaven as we have it from our Initial Justification, and it is an irrevocable gift of God.
We do all kinds of Christian works out of sheer love for the Glory of God and out of sheer love for others, this is the only kind of works which is WORKS OF LOVE and the only kind of works that God rewards it in heaven.
THE KEY TO UNDERSTAND
As God’s children/elect,** heaven is God’s free gift we have received it at our Initial Justification at baptism,** it is an irrevocable gift.
We don’t need to work for it and we cannot work for it.
Our rewards in heaven is not free, by our cooperation with the grace of God we do all kinds of Christian works, God rewards our good works in heaven if it is up to the standard of supernatural works.
We get our rewards in Heaven by Faith + works.
If all our works we have done, is not up to the standard of supernatural works, than all our works are wood, hay and straw, rejected by God at the judgment, yet we still keep God’s irrevocable gift of Heaven and we enter to Heaven without any reward. – 1 Cor.3:12-15.
This is a great loss, because our position and glory in heaven is determined by God according to the outcome of the judgment of our works.
God bless Frankenfurter and every readers of the CAF.