What role do works play in our salvation?

Matthew 25:41-46

King James Version (KJV)
41Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Note that the goats did nothing.  They did nothing at all.  They did not commit any evil sin.  They did not jump on or beat up the innocent.  They did not steal their food.

They simply did nothing at all.

Note also that they called Jesus, Lord.

Faith without works is dead, being alone.  (James 2:17)

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7 comments

  1. Mark T.

    I find it strange that protest-ants assume this “ideology” against the Catholic Church until I did some research on this subject and found that the idea comes from the Reformation period. One would think that this “ideology” could be put to rest if one simply examines the Scriptures, but alas no. Aren’t obeying the Ten Commandments “good works”? Isn’t being charitable and loving to those that despise and hate you, “good works”? Isn’t BELIEVING in Jesus Christ as Our Lord and Savior, thus OBEYING everything he has spoken of us to do, “good works”? Doesn’t Scripture even tell us that hope can be lost, our faith can be challenged, but charity is the greatest of these?

    I think prots need to read their Bible a little more.

    God Bless you De Maria

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    • amoiesu

      Yes they do need to read their Bibles more. Everyone says that Protestants are more involved with their Bibles than Catholics, but as a former Protestant I can assure you that the numbers are pretty much the same. There are just as many Bible-neglecting Protestants as Bible-neglecting Catholics and there are just as many Bible-wise Catholics as Bible-wise Protestants. In fact the Bible-wise Catholics know their Bibles better than the Bible-wise Protestants because they have things like typology, Church fathers, multilevel meanings, Sacred Tradition, historical background, and literary knowledge. Poor Protestants rarely know to make use of such treasures and will usually either just repeat the false interpretation that all Protestants are taught to believe or come up with their bizarre conclusions (like denying the Trinity) with just their poor uninformed brain and no real submission to the Holy Spirit. Luther had no idea the monster he was creating when he said everyone could interpret Scripture on their own!

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    • Mark T.

      Yes! This is actually an accusation I’ve had directed at me. It’s as if the protest-ants seem to think that we Catholics wake up one morning, roll out of bed and say to ourselves:”Hhmm…what can I do today that will give me brownie points, so that God will smile upon my own chosen works and chalk them up as “entry points” into Heaven?”

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    • Mark T.

      And Luther isn’t the Magisterium, nor a source for interpretation of the Scriptures. My comments above didn’t include “self directed” and “self conceded” acts done for the purposes of looking good because we should know from reading Scripture that such works are indeed sinful and considered to be the extension of pride and ego.

      Also “good works of charity” go FAR BEYOND just feeding the hungry.

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  2. De Maria

    Supererogation means “above the call of duty”. Many of the Protestants with whom I have debated, consider it supererogation to feed the hungry if they are not part of your own family. How did Luther define “supererogation”?

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