I didn’t say we could ignore them. What I [b:2413wd5l]am[/b:2413wd5l] saying is that you are taking the Scriptures out of context.
When Jesus said, “I did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill the law” (Matthew 5:17) to which law was he referring? The Roman law? The Catholic law? No, he was referring to the Jewish law. Likewise was Paul when he was speaking to Jews because that was what he meant by “the law”.
If you want proof of who Paul was talking to go to your local library and start doing some research. You will be quite enlightened by what you find.
The other issue at hand is whether salvation is instantaneous upon asking Jesus into your heart or something that is obtained after living a life in Christ. In other words whether salvation is a one time, guaranteed deal or a process that spans a person’s lifetime.
If salvation is guaranteed once you profess faith in Christ then how can faith without works be dead? If works are not evident in the life of a professing Christian would that person’s level of trust and obedience in Christ be in question?
You say all one needs is faith alone, but the Bible says faith without works is dead. God judges us by our actions (i.e. “works”) in the end (Matthew 7:21, 12:33, 12:36-37). Would not those who did no works, in faith, not get to heaven? Wouldn’t that mean salvation is dependent upon works?
I mean, Jesus even says himself, “[color=red:2413wd5l]I tell you, on the day of judgment people will render an account for every careless word they speak. By your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.[/color:2413wd5l]” Sure sounds like Judgement and salvation depend on what we do — works.
How can you reconcile this, Ron?