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Benedict, you wrote –
[b:1lpbnr08][quote:1lpbnr08]If you will read James 2 again, you will notice that he does not say works only follow belief but that we are justified by our works and not by faith alone[/quote:1lpbnr08][/b:1lpbnr08]
Sure without works one’s faith is dead – but our works are only a witness to our faith – not a means to having sins removed, nor our Salvation. To believe as you do is to ignore the Romans verses that I quoted, the Ephesian 2:8+9 and many other verses – It’s Faith Alone in Christ alone – that saves by His Blood (not sacraments) alone through grace alone !!!
Benedict also added:[b:1lpbnr08][quote:1lpbnr08]
Ron, you are belying an ignorance of Scripture. Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant … it makes no difference, all Biblical scholars acknowledge the plain fact that St. Paul is addressing Jewish law (Levirite, Mosaic, etc). [/quote:1lpbnr08][/b:1lpbnr08]
So what does that matter, oh wise one? He doesn’t specify Jewish laws or any other type, Scriptures say many times that by observing the law saves no one. Or do we rip out Galations 2:16?
Gal 2:16 – [b:1lpbnr08][color=darkred:1lpbnr08]Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, [u:1lpbnr08]that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified[/u:1lpbnr08].[/color:1lpbnr08][/b:1lpbnr08]