Sunday, July 09, 2006

Sola Fide Smack Down Part 2

Here's my first post on Sola Fide.

Protestants love to quote early fathers like Irenaeus and St. Justin Martyr when defending against Da Vinci Code proponents and the like but they are quick to dismiss their writings when they start speaking out against heresies of their time which have now been adopted by Protestant churches (like Sola Fide & denial of the Real Presence etc...) But the same reason why Da Vinci Code is wrong is the same reason why Protestants have missed the mark on several key issues.

Here are a couple of things that Justin Martyr (AD 100-165) said on the subject:

each man goes to everlasting punishment or salvation according to the value of his actions.

-First Apology Chapter 12

for not those who make profession, but those who do the works, shall be saved,according to His word: “Not every one who saith to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven"

-First Apology Chapter 16

This is to say nothing of the Bible verses which say the same thing (see my previous post). This just serves as additional proof that the early Church rejected the heresy now known as Sola Fide as the Catholic Church continues to do. (This is just one particular instance I'm quoting since I ran across it in my reading recently. It is by no means an exhaustive compilation of even St. Justin Martyr's thoughts on the subject much less the rest of the early church fathers. )

I think Jesus' parable of the two sons told in Matthew 21:28-32 also clearly teaches that obedience is required for salvation not merely words or belief. But the verse above quoted "not everyone who says to Me Lord, Lord" is what first made me start scratching my head on the subject. Clearly Jesus is explaining that there are two types of Christians: some who make it into Heaven and some who don't. We know that they are Christians because they said to Him "Lord, Lord". What sense would it make for Him to say "There are some devil worshipers who will say Lord Lord but will not enter Heaven"? We also know that they believe in Christ (they have faith) otherwise they wouldn't be Christian. He is saying that there are some who have faith who will not enter Heaven. Because as James explains, "faith alone" is not good enough. (Again, see my previous post).

To those trusting in Sola Fide for salvation: remember that no doctrine can save you and you will not be able to debate theology with God. God doesn't care what the Westminster Confession says and He doesnt care what Luther says. I'd advise you to listen to what He said. If you still have doubts, read what the apostles and the early church said. They are all unanimous.

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