I was chatting with long time friends. I’ve known them since before we all become closer to the faith we were baptized in (me RC). These friends are active in their presbyterian faith and hold bible study. I am equally as active my local parish if not more.
We started discussing “works” and how they feel (in their limited knowledge) that the RC faith has it wrong. I learned they actually thought Catholics can work and do “nice things” without Christ and we think we are saved. They truly thought that. Do their leaders believe that in divinity school? Was this not hashed out among church leaders? The confusion among smart Protestants still baffles me.
If you are faithful and Christlike — then you have to work! Then you are motivated to work to be like Him. You are simply trying to live out the virtues. Demonstrating your faith through ritual and traditional practice is just a product of your faith. Why shun that? They just gave me a blank stare when I replied to them and said they’ve never heard it put that way before. Of course this was after some protest on their part.