I am serious in saying this…that what we need to do is make our rounds through several neighborhoods and take inventory on the way Catholics respond to the question, what are you basing your statement…“I think I will go to heaven” on…I will make the guarantee that they will base it on their good life and not on the very sacrifice of Christ…hoping only in the mercy of God and not in their own goodness.
There are many “good” people out there that do good works…but the difference is the blood…
Heb 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
Romans 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Col 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
That was the difference at Passover - it was the blood and nothing else. And the true fact of the matter is that those people that God truly saves do work for we are saved unto good works…
Joh 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
We cannot take the end of Matthew 25 out of context as you would rail on those who would take Romans 10:13 out of context…
Ro 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
There must be a total reliance on the substitutional sacrifice of Christ for salvation and no other.
Faith and works are inseparable when the faith is living faith - fruitful and persevering.