"What must I do to be saved?" is a central question asked in the Gospels. However, the Reformed Church and the Roman Catholic Church have given antithetical answers to this key question. According to the Reformed Church, justification is on the grounds of Jesus's imputed righteousness which is received by faith alone. Good works, then, are a fruit of justification - never the root. As Richard Gaffin said, love "is not identical with faith, but its fruit or result," and good works are "expressions" of a believer's saving faith. Roman Catholicism, however, has declared those who believe this to be "Anathema" (eternally damned). In this episode, Pastors Brandon and Zac continue the series that is comparing and contrasting the Reformed Church with the Roman Catholic Church in order to gain clarity and understanding, which can best lead to more fruitful dialogue.
For more information, see:
Belgic Confession, Art. 22-23
Heidelberg Catechism, Q 60-65
Canons of Dort, Rejection of Errors
Justified in Christ: God's Plan for Us in Justification ed. by K. Scott Oliphint
Are We Together? A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism by R.C. Sproul
By Faith, Not By Sight: Paul and the Order of Salvation by Richard B. Gaffin, Jr.
Redemption Accomplished and Applied by John Murray
The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance by Sinclair Ferguson
Far From Rome, Near to God: Testimonies of Fifty Converted Catholic Priests by Richard Bennett
How Can Justification Make Me Joyful? by Daniel Hyde
Reformed Dogmatics (vol. 4, ch. 5) by Geerhardus Vos
Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation (ch. 7, 21) by Geerhardus Vos
A Reformed Catholic by William Perkins