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Is the choice, or decision, to accept Salvation through Jesus Christ a Work?

You've fallen into a common trap of examining a single piece of a theological system by importing that piece into your own construct rather than seeing how it fits into its own context. A Reformed ...
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Where did the formula, "Good works are the fruits of faith," originate?

Clement of Rome, Clement of Alexandria, and Didymus the Blind said things that could be mistaken for the formula, but don't fit all the criteria. The first one to use it unmistakably is Origen, in ...
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Why is faith the quality that God chooses to reward?

Clarifying righteousness First, let's review the Biblical meaning of righteousness. The first paragraph of the Righteousness article of Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology edited by ...
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Why is faith the quality that God chooses to reward?

The Bible states that, "Without faith, it is impossible to please [God]; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him" (...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that good works are the fruits of faith?

I am asking specifically for the biblical basis of the belief that good works are the fruits of faith. Hebrews 11 addresses this directly. Verse 6 is instructive, for it tells us that without ...
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Is the choice, or decision, to accept Salvation through Jesus Christ a Work?

I am a Reformed Pastor and I think the passage most Reformed Christians would turn to is: Ephesians 2: 8-9: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it ...
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What basis could there be for an 18th century Christian to say that "Gnostics were the Antinomians of their day"?

First, to define a couple of terms. Antinomian is the "against" "law". It is the rejection of all of the Mosaic Law in terms of an obligation to observe any part of it, including ...
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Did the Jansenists deny the gratuity of grace?

No, Jansenists did not deny the gratuity of grace According to one of the foremost authorities on Jansenism, Dr. Shaun Blanchard, the Jansenists were fighting for the gratuity of grace! The ...
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Why is faith the quality that God chooses to reward?

God is righteous and none else is. And this is the answer to your question. God demonstrated his righteousness upon his own Son, righteously laying sins upon him (which were not his own) and ...
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Why is faith the quality that God chooses to reward?

I believe the premise of this question is a bit off. I think I know where you're going with the idea that all Christians believe that "God rewards faith" but a good chunk of the Protestant/...
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How do Protestants explain the relationship between justification and the works of the servants in the Parable of the Talents?

For the sake of brevity, I have placed a single page regarding the parables of the kingdom here on google docs. A number of the parables of the kingdom, as described in the page, convey that what is ...
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How is the 'New Perspective on Paul' different from Catholicism with respect to good works?

The notion of "good works" comes up multiple times in the New Testament, so I'll limit my answer to the meaning of "works of the law" in Paul's epistles, particularly Galatians. The NPP soteriological ...
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How does "believe that you have received it" practice in the ​Christian life?

St. Thomas, in his Catena Aurea (Golden Chain) on St. Mark's Gospel, cap. 11 l. 4, cites St. Theophlyact, who writes: For whosoever sincerely believes evidently lifts up his heart to God, and is ...
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What is the Calvinist perspective on John 5:28–29 in regard to earning salvation?

First, Calvinists are well aware that even in the Old Testament such a resurrection of all the dead is clear teaching. The prophet Daniel was told by the angel that, at the time of the end, some would ...
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Do good works always express saving faith in Christ, even when that faith is not explicit?

Distinguo Sanctifiying grace is the grace freely given by God which saves us and it doesn't come in bushels or pecks According to the Council of Trent sanctifying grace is not merely a formal cause, ...
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How do Protestants explain the relationship between justification and the works of the servants in the Parable of the Talents?

Justification through grace alone and faith alone doesn't mean that one can act in an evil or negligent manner and still be saved. One can lose one's salvation through failing to act in accordance ...
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How do Protestants interpret "covers a multitude of sins" (James 5:19)?

In James 5:20, the expression "shall cover a multitude of sins" means that the sins of the person who has strayed will be forgiven by God. The significance is that if the sinful person ...
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Where did the formula, "Good works are the fruits of faith," originate?

OP: Where in Christian history did the saying, "Good works are the fruits of faith," originate? While not specifically using that phrase, the concept that good fruit comes from Godly faith ...
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Seeking a Catholic framework for interpreting Bible verses about God's rewards that are commensurate with a believer's work

In Catholicism, what can we do on earth to earn reward beyond eternal life? In order to increase our own personal merits before God, we must first of all be in the state of grace. If we are not in ...
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Seeking a Catholic framework for interpreting Bible verses about God's rewards that are commensurate with a believer's work

Greater reward is acquired by more love. What actually earns us a reward? Love is that which earns us a reward. Heaven consists essentially of the beatific vision of God, ie. seeing God face to face....
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What has changed that cloistered catholic monks (as communities) are not advancing technical sciences and engineering today?

What has changed that cloistered catholic monks are not advancing technical sciences and engineering today? The schools of higher education are no longer restricted to monastic institutions. At one ...
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Author of the "Imperfect Work" and Where to Find a Copy of It

It refers to the Opus Imperfectum in Matthæum, an incompelete collection of homilies on St. Matthew's Gospel. It appears in a Migne vol. under St. John Chrysostom's works: Patrologia Græca 56 cols. ...
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Author of the "Imperfect Work" and Where to Find a Copy of It

Sample references These are 2 out of 11 references from the 1889 edition of St. Alphonsus Liguori's Dignity and Duties of the Priest: Page 43, footnote #2, referring to Hom. 34 "Ideo vocati ...
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What basis could there be for an 18th century Christian to say that "Gnostics were the Antinomians of their day"?

In order to find out why A.M. Toplady linked Gnostics to Antinomians and justification by works, we need to go back to the Protestant Reformation. Here is an extract from an article which suggests ...
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Is going to confession considered "good work" in the faith vs. work distinction in justification?

Specific works in going to confession are bolded: Examining your conscience Waiting in line Saying your sins Listening to advice Praying an "act of contrition" Thanking your priest Doing ...
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What is the Catholic Church's position on neglecting works of the law?

Works of the law refers to the Torah. I see that GratefuleDisciple already explained in the comments that the question is equivocating on law. The precepts of the Church are there to provide a clear ...
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Is faith in Christ something you have forever or do you have to work at it every day to keep it strong?

Short Answer From Protestant Reformed perspective, once you have a genuine saving faith (properly defined) you can never lose it. Either you have it or you don't. Our work doesn't contribute to it. ...
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Is faith in Christ something you have forever or do you have to work at it every day to keep it strong?

I assume you're referring to faith as the ongoing trust in God's promises that leads to participating in God's plans and works, rather than the faith in Christ that leads to Salvation. I like to ...
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Why is faith the quality that God chooses to reward?

I think one reason that's supported by Ephesians 2 and 1 Corinthians 1 is that God made salvation by faith so that no one could boast. If it were by works or by human understanding, people could boast-...
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