Saturday, October 11, 2008

Who Said That?

Here is a double-whammy "Who Said That?" -- two quotes from two authors for you to identify (without Googling).

Without any further ado, then, here is Quote #1:

Scripture also uses "salvation" in two senses, broad and narrow…. Salvation in the narrower sense means just being accepted by God, or justified, forgiven for sin, being in a state of grace.... In this narrower sense of salvation we can be saved by faith alone....

To summarize, then, a. We are neither justified (forgiven) nor sanctified (made holy) by intellectual faith alone (belief); b. We are justified by will-faith, or heart-faith alone; c. But this faith will necessarily produce good works.
… We are not saved by good works alone; that we cannot buy our way into heaven with "enough" good deeds; that none of us can deserve heaven; and therefore if we were to die tonight and meet God, and God were to ask us why he should let us into heaven, if we are Christians our answer should not begin with the word "I" but with the word "Christ."
And Quote #2:

Hence it is evident that the question here does not concern the necessity of merit, causality, and efficiency—whether good works are necessary to effect salvation or to acquire it by right.... Rather the question concerns the necessity of means, of presence and of connection or order—Are good works required as the means and way for possessing salvation? This we hold.

Although the proposition concerning the necessity of good works to salvation… was rejected by various Lutheran theologians as less suitable and dangerous… still we think with others that it can be retained without danger if properly explained…. Although works may be said to contribute nothing to the acquisition of our salvation, still they should be considered necessary to the obtainment of it, so that no one can be saved without them.
Good luck....