Okay, which way is it, by Grace, by Faith,
or by Works, that brings us into eternal
How about all of the
For many non-Catholics, the answer to the question is one of
Catholics, the answer is 'And'.
(This is an example of Boolean Logic)
confess: By grace alone, in faith in Christ's saving work and not because of any
merit on our part, we are accepted by GOD and receive the Holy Spirit, who
renews our hearts while equipping and calling us to good works." This is a Joint Declaration on Justification (Salvation) by
faith, paragraph 15. This joint declaration was agreed upon by the Catholic and
Lutheran Churches in 1999 after 33 years of discussion.
"Even so let your light shine before men, in order
that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in
Heaven." Matt 5:16
"Make no mistake: GOD
is not mocked, for a person will reap only what he sows, because the one who
sows for his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows for
the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. Let us not grow tired of
doing good, for in due season we shall reap our harvest if we do not give
up." Gal 6:7-9
"Work out your
salvation with fear and trembling." Phil 2:12
Let us first define the meanings of
Grace and Faith and Works.
(CCC, refers to the Catechism
of the Catholic Church)
(Trent, refers to the Council of Trent,
Grace: Is a supernatural gift from GOD.
grace dwells in the soul
and gives it supernatural life. It makes us pleasing to GOD (CCC 2024). It comes
to us through prayer and the sacraments. If we have sanctifying grace indwelling our soul when we die,
then we go to Heaven. Sanctifying grace is lost if we are in mortal sin (Trent, session 6, chapter V). If
this happens, it is spiritual death for the soul. How can we regain Sanctifying grace? We
regain it through the sacraments of reconciliation and the Holy
Actual grace are graces that move us or prod us into doing the things which we
should be doing, such as trying to regain Sanctifying
grace (Trent, session 6, chapter
Grace can be
all that is needed for salvation in certain cases, such as for babies who are
Baptized and die afterward, as they have no faith, and cannot do good works, or for
those who repent on their deathbeds.
"For without Me, you can do
nothing." John 15:5
"With men, this is impossible, but with GOD all
things are possible." Matt 19:26
"I can do all things in Him who
strengthens me." Phil 4:13
"...No one can receive anything unless it is
given to him from Heaven." John 3:27
"And He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient
for you, for strength is made perfect in weakness'." 2Cor 12:9
thanks to my GOD always concerning you for the grace
of GOD which was given you in Christ
Jesus..." 1Cor 1:4
"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not
from yourselves, for it is the gift of GOD..." Eph 2:8
"But to each one
of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's bestowal." Eph
"And of His fullness we have all received grace for grace." John
Grace is a free gift from GOD, and a sufficient amount is given
to each and every one of us for our salvation. Without it, we can do nothing at
all. We cannot 'save' ourselves without the help of
Is the assent
given to GOD's truth. 1Thes 2:13
"Faith, however, is believing what you do
not yet see; to which faith the reward is seeing what you believe." St.
Augustine, Sermons 43:1
Believing in Jesus Christ and in the One who sent
him for our salvation is necessary for obtaining that salvation. "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 anyone obtain eternal life 'but he who endures
to the end.'" CCC 161, Matt
10:22,24:13, Heb 11:6.
(Trent, session 6, chapter VIII)
the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Heb
it is impossible to please GOD." Heb
"Faith then depends on hearing, and hearing on the Word of Christ." Rom
(Trent, session 6, chapter VI)
"Yet when the Son of Man comes,
will He find, do you think, faith
on the earth?" Luke
Faith is of great importance to GOD.
"Through Him we have
received the grace of
Apostleship, to bring about the obedience of faith." Rom
Faith is being obedient to GOD.
"For in Christ Jesus neither
circumcision is of any avail, nor uncircumcision, but faith which works through charity." Gal
Faith, therefore, works through love.
though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all
knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could move mountains, and have not charity (love), I am
nothing." 1Cor 13:2.
Faith, however, is interwoven with love. Faith without love is useless. After
reading that verse, how could anyone say they are saved by Faith only, or
"Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the last times some will
turn away from the faith by paying attention to deceitful spirits and demonic
instructions through the hypocrisy of liars with branded consciences." 1Tim 4:1.
See also 1Tim 1:19,5:8,6:10 and 6:21.
Faith can be lost.
to see whether you are living in faith." 2Cor
We work out what GOD works in our hearts. Works are the fruit of faith. As
already mentioned, "We work out our salvation with fear and trembling." Whenever St. Paul said
works are not needed, he
was referring to the old Mosaic Law or works of
darkness. He did not mean the good works rendered by the Law of
Grace (Trent, session 6, chapter 4)
of the New Covenant..
In Matt 25:31-46 are many examples of doing
good works, proclaimed by Jesus Christ. There is
the separation of the sheep from the goats which relate to, the feeding of the
hungry, clothing of the naked, visiting the sick and those imprisoned, and more.
Notice that both the sheep and the goats believed, but only the sheep did good
works. In verse 46, Jesus cautioned as to what will be the reward of those who
do not do these things,
and of those who do, "And these will go into everlasting punishment, but the just
into everlasting life."
"Work as a
preacher of the Gospel, fulfill your ministry." 2Tim 4:5
"Work for upbuilding and not for destruction." 2Cor 13:10
"Work from the heart as for the Lord, and not
for men." Col 3:23
"Work out your salvation
with fear and trembling." Phil 2:12. See also 1Cor 9:24-27.
workmanship we are, created in Christ Jesus in good
works, which GOD
has made ready beforehand that we may walk in them." Eph 2:10
"And if you
invoke as Father him who without respect of persons judges according to each
one's work, conduct yourselves with fear in the time of your sojourning."
"There are just men and wise men, and their works are in the hand
of GOD." Eccl 9:1
"...who will render to every man according to his
"But their end will be according to their works." 2Cor
"For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers
of the law shall be justified." Rom 2:13
"For GOD shall bring
into judgment, with every secret
thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." Eccl
"Tribulation and anguish shall be visited upon the soul of every
man who works evil; of Jew
first and then of Greek. But glory and honor and peace shall be awarded to
everyone who does good to Jew first and then of Greek." Rom 2:9-10
love one another; not like Cain, who was of the evil one, and killed his
brother. And wherefore did he kill him? Because his own works were wicked, but
his brother's just." 1Jn 3:11-12
"But if anyone builds upon this
foundation, gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hat, straw, the work of each will be made manifest, for
the Day of the Lord will declare it, since the day is to be revealed in fire.
The fire will assay the quality of everyone's work: if his work abides which he has built thereon,
he will receive his reward; if his work
burns he will lose his reward, but
himself will be saved, yet so as through fire." 1Cor
These four preceding verses lay it on the line that every one's
works will surely be tested, and reward or punishment will follow.
"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord', shall enter the kingdom of
heaven; but he who DOES THE WILL OF MY
FATHER in heaven shall enter the
kingdom of heaven." Matt 7:21
"Now we know that GOD does not hear
sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of GOD, AND
DOES HIS WILL , him He hears." John
"But why do you call Me, 'Lord, 'Lord', and do not practice the
things that I say?" Luke 6:46
"But he who does the truth comes to the
light that his deeds may be made manifest, for they have been performed in GOD." John
"Esteem them with a more abundant love on account of their
"If anyone, therefore, has cleansed himself from these, he
will be a vessel for honorable use, sanctified and useful to the Lord, ready for
every good work." 2Tim
"Let them do good and be rich in good
works, giving readily, sharing with
others." 1Tim 6:18
"This saying is true, and concerning these things I
desire you to insist, that they who believe in GOD may be careful to
excel in good works." Tit 3:8
"And let our children also learn to excel in good works, in order to meet cases of necessity,
so that they may not be
"...looking for the blessed hope and glorious coming of our great
GOD and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us that He might redeem us
from all iniquity and cleanse for Himself an acceptable people, pursuing good works."
"Yes, working together with Him we entreat you not to receive the grace of GOD in vain... On the contrary, let us conduct ourselves in all circumstances
as GOD's ministers, in much patience; in tribulations, in hardships, in
distress; in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults; in labors..."
"May you walk worthily of GOD and please Him in all things, bearing
fruit in every good work
and growing in the knowledge of
GOD." Col 1:10
"Bear one another's burdens, and so you will fulfill the
law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, whereas he is
nothing, he deceives himself. But let everyone test
his own work, so he will have glory in himself only,
and not in comparison with another. For each one will
bear his own burden." Gal
"And they who have done good shall come forth unto the resurrection of life; but they who have
unto resurrection of judgment." John 5:29
"If you know that he is just,
know that everyone also who does what is just
has been born of Him." 1John
"Therefore, he who knows how to do
good, and does not do
it, commits a sin." Jam
This is called the sin of omission. Matt 25:37-40 has more examples
of sins of omission.
"And concerning these (evil works) I warn you, that they who
do (evil works) such
things will not attain the kingdom of GOD." Gal 5:21 (read from verse 16 for
"But I have this against you, that you have left your first
love. Remember therefore where you have fallen, and repent and do the former works; or else
I will come to you, and will move your lamp-stand out of its place, unless you
"I know your works; you have the name of being alive, and you are dead. Be watchful
and strengthen the things that remain, but which were ready to die. For I do not find your works complete before my
GOD." Rev 3:1-2
the coppersmith, has done me much harm; the Lord will render him according to
his deeds." 2Tim 4:14
"My dear children, let us not love in word,
neither with the tongue, but in deed
and in truth."
"I know your works, your faith, your love, your ministry, your patience, and your last
which are more numerous than the former." Rev 2:19
"And I heard a voice
from heaven saying, 'Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth.
Yes, says the Spirit, let them rest from their
labors, FOR THEIR WORKS FOLLOW THEM'." Rev 14:13
The works which you do in this life will
follow you forever.
"I know your works and
your labor and your patience, and
that you cannot bear evil men;" Rev 2:2
"And I saw the dead, the great
and the small, standing before the throne, and scrolls were opened. And another
scroll was opened, which is the Book of Life; and the
dead were judged out of those things that were written in the scrolls, ACCORDING
TO THEIR WORKS." Rev
"And her children I will strike with death, and all the churches
shall know that I am He who searches desires and hearts, and I will give to each
of you according to your
works." Rev 2:23
come quickly! And My reward is with Me, to render to
each one ACCORDING TO HIS WORKS."
"And the world with its lust is passing away, but he who does the will of GOD abides
forever." 1John 2:17
who overcomes, and who keeps My works
unto the end, I will give authority
over the nations." Rev 2:26
"I know your
works, Behold, I have caused a door
to be opened before you which no one can shut, for you have scanty strength, and
you have kept My word and have not disowned My name." Rev 3:8
Even in the
Old Testament, good works were beneficial for
"But yet because they were humbled, the wrath of the Lord
turned away from them, and they were not utterly destroyed: for even in Juda
there were found good works." 2Chron
With all of these verses
in support of doing good works, how can anyone say works are not required for salvation?
Now that we have the definitions down,
let us apply Boolean Algebra.
Grace AND Faith:
are justified freely by
His grace through the
redemption which is in Christ Jesus, whom GOD has set forth as a propitiation by
His blood through faith,
to manifest His justice,..." Rom 3:24-25
"By whom we also have access by
faith into this
grace wherein we stand,
and rejoice in hope of the glory of GOD." Rom 5:2
"For I say, through the
grace given unto me, to
every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought
to think; but to think soberly, according as GOD has dealt to every man the
measure of faith." Rom
Now Grace 'anded' together with faith enters into the equation.
"For by grace you have been saved through
faith; and that not from
yourselves, for it is the gift of GOD." Eph 2:8
"So we being many, are
one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts
differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy to be used according to the
proportion of faith." Rom
"Now as you abound in everything in faith,
and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence,
and in your love to us, see that you abound in this grace also." 2Cor 8:7
grace of our Lord was
exceedingly abundant with faith and love which is in Jesus Christ." 1Tim 1:14
"To Titus, my own son
after the common faith:
grace, mercy and peace, from GOD the Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior." Tit 1:4
now it is grace
AND faith, not
grace OR faith.
These verses refute
"Sola Fides" (saved by
Grace AND Works:
the grace of GOD I am what
I am, and His grace in me has not been fruitless, in fact I have labored
(worked) more than any of
them, yet not I, but the grace of GOD with me." 1Cor 15:10
expects fruit to be produced in the form of good
works, by His freely
"And they sailed to Antioch,
from where they had been recommended to the grace
of GOD for the work
which they fulfilled." Acts 14:26
working together with Him
we entreat you not to receive the grace of GOD in vain." 2Cor 6:1
we see that there is danger of receiving grace
from GOD and we not responding with works.
"And GOD is able to make
all grace abound toward
you; that always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every
good work." 2Cor
So now it is grace
AND works, not grace OR works.
Faith AND Works:
"What does it profit, my
brethren, even though a man say he has faith,
and have not works? Can faith save him?" James
"Even so faith if it has not works, is dead, being alone." James 2:17
Faith 'alone' is a
Protestant teaching called 'Sola Fides', and has never been a teaching of the Catholic
"Yes, a man may say, you have faith
and I have works: show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my
faith by my works." James 2:18
"But will you
know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?" James 2:20
"Do you see that faith worked along with his
works, and by the works the faith was made perfect?" James
I would say that one verse says it all.
see then how that by works, a man is justified, and not by faith only." James 2:24
Goodbye 'Sola Fides'.
"So as the body
without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is
dead also." James 2:26
more could St. James have said to make it any clearer that faith and works go hand in hand?
These verses could not have been written any plainer,
no works begets no faith. Why did St. James repeat himself
in so many verses? Why does anyone repeat himself? They do it to drive home an
Is it any wonder that
Martin Luther called the Book of James a 'straw epistle'? He removed it from its
rightful position in his German translation of the New Testament, along with
Hebrews, Jude, and Revelation, and placed them in an unpaginated index. These
verses in James destroy his teaching of 'Sola
Fides'. See "The Origin of Sola Scriptura" elsewhere on this website for more on this subject.
Grace AND Faith AND Works:
I have shown many Bible verses which reference Grace and Faith, Grace
and Works, and Faith and Works.
From a study of these verses, it is obvious that GOD's plan of salvation
requires our cooperation with Him by our good works
in return for His freely given gifts.
Grace NOR (not 'or') the Law:
We are not under the Law* as the Jews were, but we are
under the Grace of GOD in
the New Covenant.
*The Law referred to in the New Testament is the Law of Moses unless
qualified further as the Law of Christ.
"For the Law was
given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ." John 1:17
think that I have come to destroy the Law
or the Prophets. I have not come to destroy, but to
fulfill." Matt 5:17
"For sin shall not have dominion over you; for YOU
ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW, BUT
UNDER GRACE." Romans
"What then? Are we to sin because we are NOT under the Law but under grace? By no means!" Romans
"Moreover the Law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded,
grace did much more
abound." Rom 5:20
"I do not frustrate the grace of GOD, for if righteousness come
by the Law, then Christ
died in vain." Gal 2:21
"You who would be justified in
the Law are estranged from
Christ; you have fallen away from grace." Gal 5:4
These verses have made
it quite clear that we do not achieve salvation under the Law of Moses, but under the new
'Law of Grace'.
Faith NOR (not 'or') the
Law: We are justified by faith and not by the Law.
"For the promise that he should be the heir of the
world, was not to Abraham or to his seed through the
Law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if they which are of
the Law be heirs,
faith is made void, and
the promise made of none effect." Rom 4:13-14
"Where is boasting then? It
is excluded. By what Law?
Of works? Nay: but by the
law of faith. Therefore we
conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the
Law." Rom 3:27-28
"But that no man is
justified by the Law in the sight of GOD, it is
evident: for, the just shall live by faith. And the Law is not of faith: but the man that does them shall
live in them. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law, being made a curse for us: for
it is written, 'Cursed is everyone that hangs on a tree:' that the blessing of
Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive
the promise of the Spirit through faith." Gal 3:11-14
"What shall we say then? That the Gentiles
(that is us folks, anyone who is not a Jew), which followed not after
righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is
of faith. But Israel,
which followed after the law of righteousness, have not attained to the law of
righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith,
but as it were by the works of the
Law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone." Rom
9:30-32. See Gal 2:16 in the next paragraph.
Grace OR Faith NOR / NAND Works:
'Nor' in boolean algebra is
NOT 'OR', 'Nand' is NOT 'AND'. Essentially the phrase means grace or faith but never works. This is Protestant teaching.
Here are some verses which trip the Protestant viewpoints...
"But we know
that man is not justified
by the works of
the Law, but by the
faith of Jesus Christ.
Hence we also believe in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by the faith of Christ and NOT by the
works of the Law." Gal 2:16
grace you have been saved
through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the
gift of GOD. Not of works,
lest any man should boast." Eph 2:8-9
This verse refers to
human works only, without
the benefit of grace or faith.
Some Protestants charge that Catholics believe they are saved by works. This verse shows this not to be
"For those who rely on the works
of the Law are under a curse. For it is written 'Cursed is everyone who does
not hold to all things that are written in the book of the Law, to perform them'. But that by
the Law no man is
justified before GOD is
evident, because 'he who is just lives by faith'.
But THE LAW DOES NOT REST ON FAITH; but, 'he who does these things, shall live by them'. Christ
redeemed us from the CURSE OF THE LAW..." Gal 3:10-13
"For we reckon that a man is justified by faith (alone*) independently of the
works of the
Law." Rom 3:28. *The word 'alone' was injected by
Martin Luther in his German translation of Romans in order to provide support
for HIS instruction of
'Sola Fides'. The word is
not in the Greek transcripts.
Some Protestants say
these verses above 'prove' that works are not needed. However, these verses refer only to works under the Law, and not to works under grace.
"For by grace you have
been saved through faith;
and that not from yourselves, for it is the gift of GOD; not as the outcome of
works, lest anyone may
boast. For His workmanship we are, created in Christ Jesus in good works, which GOD has made ready
beforehand that we may walk in them." Eph 2:8-10
"He has redeemed us and
called us with a holy calling, not according to our works,
but according to His own purpose and the grace which was granted to us in Christ
Jesus before the world existed." 2Tim 1:9
"But when the goodness and
kindness of GOD our Savior appeared, then not by reason of good works that we did ourselves, but
according to His mercy, he saved us through the bath of regeneration and renewal
by the Holy Spirit." Tit 3:4-5
What these three verses say is that mere human
works will not achieve salvation by itself without the gifts of
faith and the grace of GOD.
Good works are needed along with faith...
Why do Catholics believe that good works are necessary for
salvation? Does not Paul say in Romans 3:28 that faith
alone justifies? (See the note on Romans 3:28 above. The word 'alone' was
injected by Martin Luther in his translation. If St. Paul, who writes fluently
and uses many approaches to explain justification
by faith, and who uses
the words 'faith' and
'alone' many times in this very Epistle, meant to write 'Faith Alone', he most assuredly would
have done so). Catholics believe that faith
and good works are both
necessary for salvation, because such is the teaching of Jesus Christ.
Our Lord demands is 'faith which works through charity'. (Gal 5:6).
25:31-46, which describes the Last Judgment as being based on works of charity.
and greatest commandment, as given by Our Lord Himself, is to love the Lord God
with all one's heart, mind, soul, and strength; and the second great commandment
is to love one's neighbor as oneself, (Mk 12:30-31).
"For God has done what
the Law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: sending
His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the
flesh, in order that the just requirement of the Law
might be FULFILLED IN US, who walk NOT according to the FLESH but according to
the SPIRIT." Rom 8:3-4.
"For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do
not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love be
servants of one another. For the whole Law is
fulfilled in one word, "You shall love your neighbor
as yourself." Gal 5:13-14
Thus, although faith is
the beginning, it is not the complete fulfillment of the will of God. Nowhere in
the Bible is it written that faith alone justifies. When St. Paul wrote, 'For we account a man to be
justified by faith,
without the works of the
Law' (Gal 2:16), he was referring to works
peculiar to the old Jewish Law, and he cited
circumcision as an example.
The Catholic Church does not teach that purely
human good works are meritorious for salvation; such
works are not meritorious for salvation, according to
her teaching. Only those good works performed when a
person is in the state of grace, that is, as a branch
drawing its spiritual life from the Vine which is Christ (Jn 15:4-6), only these
good deeds work toward our salvation, and they do so
only by the grace of GOD and the merit of Jesus
Christ. These good works,
offered to God by a soul in the state of grace (i.e.,
free of mortal sin, with the Blessed Trinity dwelling in the soul), are thereby
supernaturally meritorious because they share in the work and in the merits of Christ.
good works will not only
be rewarded by GOD, but are necessary for salvation.
St. Paul shows how the
neglect of certain good works will send even a Christian believer to damnation:
'But if any man have not care of his own, and especially of those of his
house, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an
infidel', (1Tim 5:8).
Our Lord tells us that if the Master (GOD) returns and
finds His servant sinning, rather than performing works of obedience, He 'shall separate him, and shall
appoint him his portion with unbelievers', (Lk 12:46).
Catholics know they will be rewarded in Heaven for their good works.
Our Lord Himself
'For the Son of man...will render to every man according to his works', (Mt 16:27).
'And whosoever shall give to drink
to one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple,
amen I say to you, he shall not lose his reward', (Mt 10:42).
believe, following the Apostle Paul, that 'every man shall receive his own
reward, according to his own labor', (1Cor 3:8).
'For God is not unjust, that he should forget your work, and the love which you
have shown in his name, you who have ministered, and do minister to the saints',
'I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have
kept the faith. As to the rest, there is laid up for
me a crown of justice, which the Lord the just judge will render to me in that
day: and not only to me, but to them also that love
his coming', (2Tim 4:7-8).
Still, Catholics know that, strictly speaking,
God never owes us anything. Even after obeying all God's commandments, we must
'We are unprofitable servants; we have done
that which we ought to do', (Lk 17:10).
As St. Augustine stated: 'All
our good merits are wrought through grace, so that
God, in crowning our merits, is crowning nothing but His gifts'. Had St. Paul
meant that faith ruled out the necessity of good works for salvation, he
would not have written:
'...and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not
charity, I am nothing', (1Cor 13:2).
ruled out the necessity of good works for salvation, the Apostle James would not have
'Do you see that by works a man is justified; and not by faith
only'?...For even as the body without the spirit is dead; so also faith without works is dead', (James 2:24-26).
'What shall it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but hath not works? Shall
faith be able to save him'? (James 2:14).
faith ruled out the necessity of good works for salvation, the
Apostle Peter would not have written: 'Wherefore, brethren, labor the more, that by good
works you may make sure your calling and election.
For doing these things, you shall not sin at any time. For so an entrance shall
be ministered to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ', (2Pet 1:10-11). If faith ruled
out the necessity of good works for salvation, the primitive Christian Fathers would
not have advocated good works in such powerful words...
Wrote St. Irenaeus,
one of the most illustrious of the primitive Christian Fathers:
"For what is
the use of knowing the truth in word, while defiling the body and accomplishing
the works of evil? Or what real good at all can
bodily holiness do, if truth be not in the soul? For these two, faith and good works, rejoice in each other's company, and agree together
and fight side by side to set man in the Presence of God", (Proof of the
1. Are we
saved by Grace
Yes, as this is
the teaching of the Catholic Church. Grace
is a gift from GOD. It is given freely to us, but in
return He expects us to do our part by our performance of Good Works.
2. Are we saved by
No, this is "Sola Fides", and it is taught by a few
Protestant sects. It is impossible, for salvation by Faith alone, for we can do nothing of
ourselves without the Grace of GOD, and again Good
Works. The only verse in the entire Bible where the
words Faith and
Only appear together is in
James 2:24 where he said, "You see that by works a man is justified, and
NOT by faith only."
3. Are we saved by Works Alone?
No. Mere human works are useless without the
grace of GOD and
faith working through
4. Can we say we are "Saved" by just accepting Jesus
Christ as our Lord and Savior?
No. This is what some Protestant sects teach,
Baptists especially. This teaching excludes doing Good Works
and essentially says that as long as we accept Jesus
Christ, we can do anything we want to do. If this teaching were true, then what
is the purpose of the Ten Commandments (Trent, session 6, chapter XI)? Why did
Jesus Christ say, "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the
kingdom of Heaven; BUT HE WHO DOES THE WILL OF MY
FATHER IN HEAVEN SHALL ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN."
Now how can anyone DO the will of the Father without doing Good Works?
5. Salvation is an
on going process...
We were saved in the past: Rom 5:1-2, 8:24, Eph
We are being saved now: 1Cor 1:18, 1Cor 15:2, Phil 2:12, Heb 10:14,
1Pet 1:8-9, 1Pet 2:1-2.
We will be saved in the future: Matt 10:22, 24:13,
Rom 6:16, 13:11, 1Cor 3:15, 5:5, Gal 2:17,
Gal 5:4-5, Rev 21:6-7.
can also lose our salvation: Matt 6:14-15, *7:21, 24:44-51, 25:31-46, Mark
11:26, Luke 10:16,
John 14:21, Rom 11:22, Rev 21:8,
Justification by Faith Alone, is a Protestant
It was unheard of in the Christian community before the sixteenth
Works are the fruit of Faith, but a necessary fruit... Rosalind Moss
We work out what GOD works in our
Faith plus Works equals Faith working through Love.
Compiled by Bob Stanley,
October 8, 1999
Updated May 3, 2003
Updated July 16, 2007
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