[quote="jay29, post:17, topic:284454"]
Luther preached all you need is FAITH ALONE to get into heaven. Well, fail to do what Christ teaches in the Parable of the Sheep and Goats and you will wind up in hell. Faith without works as describe in the parable you will become one of the "cursed" in the parable and sent to the place prepared for the "devil and his angels"
What Luther said, instead of the strawman. Luther said that justification was operative by grace alone through faith alone. We are justified by grace through faith. But a complete understanding regarding justification by grace through faith also includes the fact that faith cannot be alone. So, a few Luther quotes.
- "It is one thing that faith justifies without works; it is another thing that faith exists without works."*
There is no justification without sanctification, no forgiveness without renewal of life, no real faith from which the fruits of new obedience do not grow.
Faith must of course be sincere.* It must be a faith that performs good works through love. If faith lacks love it is not true faith.** Thus the Apostle bars the way of hypocrites to the kingdom of Christ on all sides. He declares on the one hand, "In Christ Jesus circumcision availeth nothing," i.e., works avail nothing, but faith alone, and that without any merit whatever, avails before God. On the other hand, the Apostle declares that without fruits faith serves no purpose. To think, "If faith justifies without works, let us work nothing," is to despise the grace of God. Idle faith is not justifying faith. In this terse manner Paul presents the whole life of a Christian. Inwardly it consists in faith towards God, outwardly in love towards our fellow-men.*