no the gospel is there to show us how God wants us to live. What is right and what is wrong in Gods eye. Id like to meet some of you in person. What ive found in face face interactions with people who push this "I don't need to do works" are guys that don't want to get up sunday morning and go to church or if they do don't want to give 5 dollars to the collection plate. Most of them though don't even attend services. They claim to believe and claim that that's all that's nessisary but in fact its just a statement that justifys there lack of faith. I just cant wrap my mind around a true Christian who doesn't want to follows Jesus's example when he said we must!
He said we MUST feed the poor We MUST help our fellow man and in fact is saying we MUST do works. I think some actually dig though the bible just to find ways to justify there weaknesses and lack of faith. Kind of like the protestant faith (if you can really even call them protestants) has become. Anyone that doesn't want to follow or is inconvenienced by a rule in there church just goes and starts another. If you gay, pro abortion, just look around you can find a church that allows it. If you dont think you need to go to church on sunday, do anything to help your fellow man just look and youll find enough others to start a new church. Then the 10 of you can try to convince everyone else that your right because you can twist some scripture passage into fitting you weakness.
Bottom line is if your not the type to come to the aid of others, if you don't care enough about the poor to help. If you think your better off leaving them starve and saying a prayer. Your not fooling God and your not fooling anyone else, you are no Christian. Doing good works should be as automatic as breathing for a GOOD Christian. After all are you not helping GODS children. How would you fell about someone who walked away from your starving child! Keep wasting your time memorizing the bible instead. I'm sure God wont be giving a test on it when you get to the pearly gates. The test he gives happens every day of your life.
We are dealing a great deal in semantics here, and I will bore many by parsing the meanings slowly ..as I see it.. "The gospel" is not rules for living or instructions in righteousness, or being helpful to our fellow man. That is taught in the rest of scripture and by Jesus himself. "The gospel" translated means 'the good news' ! So what is the "good news"? The good news is that Jesus offered himself as a substitutionary sacrifice for us! He shed his blood for us and that precious blood washed ur sins away..
noun: gospel; noun: Gospel; plural noun: Gospels; noun: gospel music; plural noun: gospel musics
the teaching or revelation of Christ.
e.g. "it is the Church's mission to preach the gospel".
This is not to say we should not observe what he taught us in relation to God, fellow men and the world. I don't recall anyone here saying good works were not important, only that good works are not part of one's salvation. Jesus adjures us to take into consideration ALL that he taught us...he said "If you love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). To any Christian I know, for all practical purposes, is a command !
You are correct in that sin, even pedophilia is not restricted to the RC Church, but can happen in any church or any organization. That is why you won't find me harping upon that .
You are correct also, in that some "protestant" sects are soft on sin. Protestantism covers a broad spectrum. Some are Biblically fine, others are as reprobate and apostate as the Nicolaitans. but they will be called to answer on that day.
As I said earlier, I believe there are saved in every congregation, including the RC Church, and I am sure there are possibly some in my own home church who will be unpleasantly surprised on that final day.
An important verse which explains it all: "8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8,9) see also (Titus 3:5)