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Hello Jon,
[quote:1bikjtgu]You say “Baptism and any other sacrament is Christ’s free gift to us for salvation. It is something he does and is possible only because he died and rose again” [/quote:1bikjtgu]

But show me where you get this Scripturally as I don’t see this to contradict James 2:24 in anyway. But it does contradict Ephesians 2:8+9 and Romans 11:6 among other places. James 2:24 doesn’t because just as Ephesians 2:10 follows the belief, so does our works [b:1bikjtgu][u:1bikjtgu]follow the belief [/u:1bikjtgu][/b:1bikjtgu]in Jesus and His Finished work at Calvary.

You also say:
Context, context, context. Let’s do a quick Bible study. Paul is constantly referrring to the works of the Law – the Jewish Law found in Leviticus and Deuteronomy. The question at hand is whether one still needs to perform the Jewish rituals for salvation, but the answer is no. It was decided at the Council of Jerusalem (somewhere in the book of Acts – I’m too lazy to look it up) that you don’t have to be Jewish to be of Christ. “Works” as referred to in Paul’s letters aren’t works of faith or anything else like that – otherwise it would be contradicting James 2:24. [/quote:1bikjtgu]

The Jewish law is what they lived before but whatelse could he have said? He never specified the Jewish Law- that is what your Catholic people would have us believe, but that isn’t what Paul says is it? The Bible simply says “by [u:1bikjtgu][b:1bikjtgu]the[/b:1bikjtgu][/u:1bikjtgu] law, no one will be saved” [/quote]