Alright---just remember--you are the one who brought the horse out of the barn so now we are going to ride it.It is my opinion. But it makes sense. It did take much longer for the early church to accept James, 2 and 3rd John, et. al. as Scripture.
Which Church are you talking about when you cite that the "Early Church took longer to accept James?" Do you mean the Lutheran Church? If not, which Church do you mean?
What does your opinion have to do with anything?I never said there is anything like that in the Bible. I wrote "I think that such books...". Perhaps you need to clean off your glasses.
As I said: no good work can merit the gift of Faith. But once we are given the gift of Faith, that Faith works in love. Thus, works are saving.Of course we are to follow the moral law. But in Ephesians 2:8-10, in context, Paul is talking about GOOD works, not works of the Jewish Law of Moses. He also makes this plain in Titus where he writes "He saved us, NOT on the basis of works we have done in righteousness, but on account of His mercy..."
Works done in righteousness are good works, are they not?
No kidding!A living faith leads to our wanting to do God's will and show love for others--not because we must, but because we want to.
Great. 100% agreed.If people see Jesus Christ in us, due to our good works done in love, then Jesus will be glorified and so will His Father in Heaven. They could also lead an unbeliever to Jesus Christ and salvation.
I guess the question is: once we are given the gift of Faith, and that Faith works in love, how could it NOT be saving?False. Paul said "and NOT by works." Not, not, not. Works do not save us; they vindicate our faith, that it is genuine and living, plus they serve our neighbor.