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Faith Without Good Works?

Fr. Walter Quinn, OSA
Priest Associate, Priests for Life

January 16, 2016
   
 

JA ff,   Rom, 3,4,5       Acts 8:34                      

SAM =  St Thomas Monastery, Villanova University Campus, Villanova, PA, 19085       

 

SAINT JAMES  JA 2: 17...clearly points out that....”Faith without Good Works is Dead.”   JA 2:21.. “ Faith too, unless it has Works, is Useless.”  BY WORKS a man is justified...and not by works only.  Just as the body without  the Spirit is dead,....so too....Faith also without works is dead.!

 

THIS TOPIC touches so many FUNDAMENTALS AND ISSUES that they cannot possibly all be considered here.

 THIS LIST INCLUDES: Martin Luther: Protestant Reformation begins, Luther’s teaching, Indulgences, Calvin Lutheranism, new German Bible, Baptists, Truth, Objective Reality, Subjectivism, Supremacy of Scripture, Private Interpretation of the Bible, Catholic Church reaction and Teaching on all these matters, Written Word of God, (BIBLE)....& Unwritten Word of God, (Oral Tradition).

 

THERE ARE TWO BASIC DOCTRINES OF PROTESTANTISM:  SOLA FIDE (Faith Alone) & SOLA SCRIPTURA...

(Scripture Alone). MARTIN LUTHER (born 1483- died age 62 -1546 AD)...believed in BOTH. He said: ”Be a Sinner & Sin strongly, but believe more strongly and rejoice”...as though this simple Faith was sufficient enough to get a person into Heaven...as if it were a BLANKET covering ALL GUILT & ALL SINS. This “Blanket Concept” omits the need for our... Sorrow, Penance & Atonement for our Sins.....as well as our Necessity to perform Good Works!

 

LUTHER was right and morally correct in stating...”No one can be freed of God’s punishment for sin simply by buying Indulgences with money.” He wanted a BROAD ACADEMIC DISCUSSION of Indulgences in his 95 THESES of 1517.  He also translated the Bible into German which had a huge impact on the Church at large, and in Germany.  The 500th Anniversary of Luther’s nailing his 95 THESES to the Church door will occur in 2017 AD.

 

THE PROTESTANT REFORMERS were in ERROR in the sense that Christians generally accepted the Church’s Tradition and Biblical teaching on Justification for more than 1500 years until Luther’s statement that.... FAITH ALONE (Sola Fide)...IS ENOUGH to gain Salvation.  ST PAUL’S EPISTLES on Justification......(Romans: Chapters 3,4,5,) are sometimes DIFFICULT to understand...as are many passages throughout the Scriptures.

 I read somewhere that...”a man who TRUSTS only in himself...has for himself a fool!  

 

MAN OFTEN NEEDS someone other than himself to interpret Scripture. We should point out that the OT Book of Proverbs makes this very point in....ACTS 8:34... “The Eunuch asked Phillip I Pray you....of whom is the Prophet saying this?..of Himself, or of someone else?”  Catholics can always rely on the CHURCH for an OFFICIAL RULING.   God the Father sent Christ, His Divine Son...born of a Woman so that mankind could gain Eternal Salvation. THIS IS WHY Christ died on the Cross...FOR US!

 

TRUTH exists OUTSIDE of my mind...OUTSIDE the human person.  TRUTH cannot be Yes and No at the SAME TIME...and therefore has an OBJECTIVE REALITY in and of itself.  (SEE Homily #60 on   “The Bible & Private Interpretation”)....for an in depth discussion.

 

TRUTH APPLIES TO ALL MANKIND, EXISTS IN ALL PLACES, AT ALL TIMES, IN ALL CULTURES, FOR ALL AGES.

 RELIGIOUS AND MORAL TRUTHS ARE OBJECTIVE......NOT RELATIVE.

 CHURCH TEACHING OF RELIGION AND MORALITY ARE A PART OF TRUTH.

 

FAITH, GOOD WORKS, SORROW FOR SIN, PENANCE AND ATONEMENT...

..... ALL THESE ARE NECESSARY FOR US TO GET INTO HEAVEN...

 

 IT’S VERY IMPORTANT FOR US TO PAY ATTENTION.... NOT JUST TO MOST OF THE GOSPEL...

   .... BUT TO THE ENTIRE GOSPEL MESSAGE!

   
 
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