good works


good works
A major controversy at the Reformation was whether a Christian was put in a right relationship with God by reason of his good works, as seemed to be suggested by Jas. 2:14, or by faith in Christ, as Luther and others interpreted Rom. 3:24, 27. The Reformers argued that Catholics insisted on good works—acts of devotion, almsgiving, penitence, pilgrimages, and the like—as the means for earning salvation and was a relapse into the legalism condemned by Paul. Catholics replied that such good works, which brought ‘sanctification’, were themselves a response to ‘grace’. Paul certainly did not undervalue the evidence of good works (Phil. 2:12), and his heavy emphasis on ‘working for the good of all’ (Gal. 5:22–6:10) and ‘laying aside the works of darkness’ (Rom. 13) blunts some of the sharp contrast between Judaism and Paulinism.

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