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"I don't know, but it might be said that God saves us by sanctifying us. It is only by his grace that we are made capable of acting out of faith and love, so that we can never take credit for any of our holy acts."

Indeed, even St. Augustine had said this long ago, as in his work, De gratia Christi (25:26), Augustine said:

"For not only has God given us our ability and helps it, but He even works [brings about] willing and acting in us; not that we do not will or that we do not act, but that without His help we neither will anything good nor do it"

Simply put, it is only by God's Grace that Good Works are made possible.

"Faith involves trust, not mere intellectual assent. How could we trust him without loving him? How could we love him and not trust him."

How can we say we have Faith in him when we don't visit him as Prisoner, feed him as in the Sick, cloth him in the Naked, give him drink as in the Thirsty, etc.?

Must we really be reminded of the Parable of the Sheep and Goats in Matthew 25: 31-46 and what awaits those who are of the latter?

Der Wolfanwalt

It's interesting, but this post reminds me somewhat of a joint declaration of the Vatican and what I recollect to be a very large international Lutheran communion that effectively said that the respective views of justification by faith were, in fact, the same. I can't find a reference, unfortunately, but I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.

Tim Jones

"a joint declaration of the Vatican and what I recollect to be a very large international Lutheran communion that effectively said that the respective views of justification by faith were, in fact, the same."

I don't know at all that I would say "the same"... perhaps "not irreconcilable", which would be significant on its own.

Der Wolfanwalt

That was a sloppy way to put it, I apologize. What I was thinking of specifically was the relationship between faith and works. What I recollect of the declaration was that the Lutherans were acknowledging the fact that their ongoing protest was against a parody of the authentic Catholic teaching; they simultaneously seemed to indicate that they saw limited value in a faith that remained passive.

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