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I've always been surprised at the remarks some protestants make when they say that all we need is faith to get into heaven and that works don't matter. I always wondered if they skip over verses likes these :
"Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have
works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your[a] works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that
faith was working together with his works, and by works
faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was
fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was
accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was
called the friend of God. You see then that a man is
justified by works, and not by faith only."
What are Protestant remarks to the above verses?
This past Sunday, Trinity Sunday, Lutherans typically confess the Athanasian Creed, which ends with the following:
At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies, and shall give an account of their own works.** And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire. **
This is the catholic faith; which except a man believe faithfully and firmly, he cannot be saved.
One member of our parish asked how this can be true if one is saved by grace through faith. Luther seems to best answer this question when he says that: " 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."
What good is faith if there are no good fruits? If one claims to have faith, but there is no evidence of it in the way one acts, the things one does to and for others, then, as James says, your faith is dead, and is not a saving faith. Christ said, "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength. This is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like to it: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is no other commandment greater than these."