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Faith or Works or Both?

May 4, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Faith and Work

Too often in the faith/works debate, the participants selectively quote Scripture to prove their point. Any realistic interpretation must be consistent with all of Scripture. Salvation by Faith (Alone?) For we hold that a man is justified by faith apart from works of law. (Romans 3:28) NB: this is the passage for which Luther took …

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Why do Catholics believe that good works are necessary for salvation! Does not Paul say in Romans 3:28 that faith alone justifies!

May 4, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Salvation

Catholics believe that faith and good works are both necessary for salvation, because such is the teaching of Jesus Christ. What Our Lord demands is “faith that worketh by charity .” (Gal. 5 :6). Read Matthew 25:31-46, which describes the Last Judgment as being based on works of charity. The first and greatest commandment, as …

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Who Will Be Saved?

May 4, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Salvation

The popular media has made much of a controversy among Protestants on the criterion for salvation. Is everyone saved, or is explicit recognition of Jesus required for salvation? How can an all-loving, all-good God condemn people who through no fault of their own do not know Christ? On the other hand, how can one overlook …

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Why do Catholics try to earn their own salvation, despite the fact that salvation can only come as a free gift from Jesus Christ?

May 4, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Salvation

Catholics fully recognize that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for their sins and thus “opened the gates of Heaven,” and that salvation is a free gift which no amount of human good deeds could ever earn. Catholics receive Christ’s saving and sanctifying grace, and Christ Himself, into their souls when they are baptized. Yet …

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