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Is salvation achieved by faith alone, or does it in fact require some works? Basically works are evidential as opposed to causative. The person who mentioned James chapter two brings up an important comparison. The subject being discussed in Matthew is mistaken assurance of salvation. Even John the Baptist brought this up; Luke 3:8 Bring forth ...


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Catholics have a concept of mortal sin. If a baptized Catholic who has the Catholic Faith commits a mortal sin and doesn't get absolved by a priest from confession or perfect contrition before he dies he will be sent to Hell. The grace of God along with a person's will can enable someone resist temptation, resist mortal sins, and stay in a State of Grace. ...


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How does the context shed light on this passage? The entire letter to the Galatians is a warning about starting down the path that leads to the Pharisees. In the last chapter Paul is sort of summarizing building on points he establishes earlier. The illustration of "sowing" can be seen as making an investment. Just as a farmer hopes that his investment ...



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