By David Watson

Benchley, July 10, 2016

  • Matthew 7:24-27
  • Jesus never said, “Salvation is by works alone.”
    • In the 1500s, the Catholic church needed money, so they raised it in part by selling indulgences. Johann Tetzel was instrumental in this practice.
      • Roman Catholic view of sin:
        • Sin
          • Eternal penalties
            • Confess to a priest
          • Temporal penalties
            • Penance (good work)
            • Crusade (or pay for a peasant to go on a crusade)
            • Indulgence
          • Romans 4:1-8
          • Ephesians 2:4-10
          • Titus 3:1-8
        • Jesus never said, “Salvation is by faith alone.”
          • Martin Luther (1483-1546)
            • Deep sense of personal guilt.
              • Matthew 22:37-38
            • Reacted to Catholic church
              • 95 Theses
            • Matthew 7:24, 21 – Good works do not earn our salvation, they are simply conditions God requires to receive His grace.
            • Mark 16:15-16; John 6:27-29; II Peter 1:5-11; James 2:14-26

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