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Absolutely, definitely not. Works are important, but we are not justified by works. The Catechism states this unequivocally: 161 Believing in Jesus Christ and in the One who sent him for our salvation is necessary for obtaining that salvation.42 “Since ‘without faith it is impossible to please [God]’ and to attain to the fellowship of his sons, ...


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James 2:14-26 answers your question perfectly. Faith is shown through works. I've included the excerpt below *. Symbolically, sin can be likened to nakedness, whereas clean white robes represent good deeds which are obviously tied with faith. Revelation 19:8 8 She has been permitted to dress in fine (radiant) linen, dazzling and white—for the fine ...


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The answer is provided in one of the passages you quoted: Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is ...


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You are actually asking numerous questions in this question, so I will just summarize the answer and then address each verse you listed. Summary: The protestant view does not link works with grace as the Roman Catholics do. Protestants that believe in once saved always saved (arguable the majority) hold to the doctrine of justification by faith apart from ...


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I am going to explain the Catholic doctrine in terms that a Protestant can understand. I would not usually answer a question best directed to Catholics (as I am a Protestant) but I find there is an extreme different understanding of the terms used. It is necessary therefore to provide translations for the common words that each uses so that the almost ...


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The Catechism is quite clear. Faith is absolutely necessary. 161 Believing in Jesus Christ and in the One who sent him for our salvation is necessary for obtaining that salvation.42 'Since "without faith it is impossible to please (God)" and to attain to the fellowship of his sons, therefore without faith no one has ever attained justification, nor will ...


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Preface: This site's guidelines says that anyone who self-identifies as a Christian is considered a christian for this site. That means that if you believe in salvation by works alone, yet call yourself a Christian you are, by definition, a group (of one) that believes this. So if there is even a single group out there consisting of two people that ...


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God's Justice and Mercy To start off, it should be noted that doing a lot of good things does not exempt any of us from human law. I give a lot of money to charities, treat people well, pay taxes, etc. It could well be said that I am a good person. However, a few years ago, I received a speeding ticket. I did not go before the judge and plead "I'm a ...


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First of all, the righteous sheep were going to be given a Kingdom prepared for them before time. This is way before they did any good works. 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world." It reminds me of Romans 9:11 where Jacob ...


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You are equating "being saved" with "inheriting the kingdom." They are not the same thing. Rev. 21:7 tells us that "he who overcomes will inherit all things." "He who overcomes" is speaking of those within the body of Christ. (See this phrase used of those who overcome in the letters to the seven churches in Rev. 2-3 -- it's addressed to believers in the ...


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Romans 6:1 asks the question, "What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace (God's undeserved favor) may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death. Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism ...


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“Not everyone who says to Me, .. ....but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter." What is the Father's will? Does the Father's will exclude " .. prophesying, casting out demons, ..... performing miracles" in the name of Jesus? The works of those who do not qualify to enter do not seem evil at all in themselves. They ...


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I think John 6:40 addresses "the will of God" that Jesus brings up in Matt 7.21-23 in a satisfying way: John 6:40 (NASB) For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”


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According to What Catholics Really Believe: 52 Answers to Common Misconception About the Catholic Faith by Karl Keating (Ignatius Press): The Catholic Church teaches we earn salvation by good works The Catholic Church has never taught such a doctrine. In fact, it has constantly condemned the notion that we can earn salvation. Only by God's ...



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