[quote:2jez1o4l]Now where or what were you saying Benedict?[/quote:2jez1o4l]
I was saying that you were misreading Scripture. And you continue to do so.
Let us start with the plain words of Scripture that I already posted:
“Was not Abraham our father justified by works, offering up Isaac his son upon the altar? … Do you see that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only?”
St. James tells us explicitly and specifically: by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
So we find that in the first place, you are misreading Scripture by ignoring those verses that you would rather not see. You tell us “faith alone,” but the Bible explicitly says “not by faith only.”
In addition to misreading Scripture by ignoring difficult verses, you then turn around and misread Scripture by ignoring context.
St. Paul writes against the Judaizer heresy that afflicted the early Church. The Judaizers taught that Christ alone was not sufficient to save; rather, Christians would also need to fulfill Mosaic law and the Abrahamic covenant through circumcision. The influence of this sect is easily demonstrated by examining the issues that St. Peter and the Council addressed in Acts. It is also obvious throughout St. Paul’s writings, in which he invariably preaches the futility of Christians seeking salvation through the works [u:2jez1o4l]of the law[/u:2jez1o4l].