Today while reading Matthew 26, I came across the words good work. See Matt 26:10. A woman anointed Jesus’ head with “costly fragrant oil.” Interestingly, Jesus own disciples “were indignant” and indicated that they considered this act a very bad deed. But after they railed against what she did, the Lord Jesus told them not
If the new birth depends on believing, not working, then where do good works fit into the Christian life? I think Paul’s letter to Titus summarizes the “grace” attitude to good works. Consider this passage: Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak
I was recently asked, “I am a little confused as to the relationship between faith and works in the Free Grace understanding. My own understanding is that faith naturally has a corresponding action. It’s not that the action proves or adds anything to salvation, but that grace-born trust in Jesus could not fail to be
In a recent blog I suggested that Eph 2:10 is about local churches doing good works and thus about believers doing good works in and through their churches. I then got this question, “Perhaps I’m reading too much into your comments about doing good works through the local church, but do you think believers who
There is a great effort by many to soften the meaning of Eph 2:8-9 by suggesting that verse 10 means that while works are not the means of salvation, they are the necessary result of it. For example, Francis Foulkes writes, “But probably it is the whole course of life that is on view here.
The following comments and question were in response to my recent blog (see here) about the saying, “Faith alone saves, but the faith that saves is never alone.” This is in response to the article on your website responding to Dr. Grudem’s critique of the Free Grace message. I would appreciate thoughtful answers because I
As the saying goes, “Now that I’ve got your attention…” I came up with an illustration about the role of good works in the Christian life. Maybe it will help you explain it to your congregation, friend, or family member who is struggling with the grace message. It’s a little risqué, but I think it
If you preach grace—that God saves you through simple faith in Jesus for eternal life, apart from your works (cf. Gal 2:16)—then why do good? What’s the point of all the love commands in the NT (e.g., “serve one another in love,” Gal 5:13), if your eternal destiny in heaven or hell is not on