Pastor Melissa Scott continues her teaching.

For we are His workmanship. Something He is doing in us, to us, by His hand, by His Spirit. Nothing that I bring to the table is going to help in that capacity.

Dr. Boice frequently would quote from Dr. Barnhouse. In fact, if you read Dr. Barnhouse, you’ll find a lot of Dr. Boice’s thinking comes straight out of Dr. Barnhouse. You will see it is this good mindset to say, “No works, but…” And what we end up having are people that are so confused about what we’re supposed to do now.

When it says the Spirit of – the evidence of – that the evidence of one’s salvation, had it been prefaced by saying the fruit, what comes out of the person once the Spirit is deposited, what comes out of you.

The fruit Galatians talks about, could include you doing things that you would never normally do. But if you’re going to try to equate your salvation with something you can do, then let me ask the question. Why do you need God and why did you need Jesus to hang on the cross for you? If you can do it yourself, why do you need any of this other stuff?

I mean you can say, “Poor Jesus died on the cross. I’m going to bring to you a list.” Well let’s make a list. Let’s write down a list mentally of all the things we could write down and do as good, to be presented and weighed in the balance. Here, let me make a list of good things I can do. I could do things for elderly people and I could be seen of all people as a humble worker feeding the poor.

“Here is the place where sound,” – he says “sound,” emphasis on “sound Protestant and Roman Catholic theology part company. Many Roman Catholics insist that justification is by the grace of God through faith. Ephesians 2:8 says so. But they answer questions about the relationship between faith and works differently than Protestants do.” Now this is like saying, “All people have two legs.” There’s not going to be a definition of what the criteria is underneath that. This is so generic and therefore it is wrong. Watch what I’m going to show you.

“Catholic theology says that works enter into justification in the same sense that God justifies us in part by producing good works in us, so that we are justified by faith plus those works. Sound,” – he emphasizes, “sound Protestant theology also insists on works.” I’m not sure what that means: does that mean that everything else is unsound? That’s what he’s going to say.

He’s going to go on to say that if your faith doesn’t have works attached it’s unsound. Listen carefully. It says here, “Sound Protestant theology also insists on works, but it says that the works follow justification as a consequence and evidence of it. Catholic theology says faith plus works equals justification. Protestants reply faith equals justification plus works.” I’m going to say with all due respect, no. No. NO.

I have multiple commentaries on this. And every single person did succumb to the same mistake. And it’s a mistake. Paul said, “not of works, no works.” In this particular thing he’s saying, “By grace, through faith; not of works, lest any man should boast.”