And you need to learn the concept of nuance.You Catholics are an inconsistent bunch of people. On the one hand, you strenuously deny that you are saved by works. On the other hand, you insist that at the end of the day, our works will ultimately decide if we enter Heaven or not. So when will you make up your minds, or at least come clean?
In the end, everything depends on Christ. When Catholics say that ULTIMATELY they are not saved by works, but through Christ, what they mean is that---whatever good works we did----those too depended on Christ. They were done with, through and in Christ. Thus, in the ULTIMATE sense we cannot boast for we are saved by Grace alone.
It is just that Catholics believe that Grace is operative in Faith and in works. When God sees our Faith, he sees Christ. When God sees our good works, he sees Christ. That is why works are saving. Note, however, that it is Christ that is at the core of everything. All Christ.
So what? The PROCESS of judgement is what matters. The works being burned---that is Purgatory. Purgatory is the process of purification. When God judges our works and those not done in Grace are burned away, we are being purified.I did not write that any believer has to worry in an eschatological sense. Christ is able to save us to the uttermost. But those who work in the ministry of God will have their work examined and will receive reward or loss accordingly. However, "reward" in this context does not mean salvation.
If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person's work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames. (1 Cor. 3:12–15)
The Catholic "interpretation" of this passage is that it refers to the "purification" that will take place in "purgatory," which is, of course, patently false. Paul writes about what will take place on Judgment Day ("the Day"). The builder (Gospel worker) who has built carelessly will suffer loss but will still be saved.
Again, fundamentalists simply do not understand subtly and nuance.
Too right you are my friend!So are you worried about your wickedness? If you rely on your own righteousness to pass judgment, you should be very worried indeed.
Too right you are my friend!Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. (Jas. 3:1)
Then what is the punishment--for works that do not withstand the judgement--for one who is still saved? The loss of the recognition of the work? When one is saved by Faith alone, why do the works even matter? What is the punishment?There will be a particular examination of the work of the teachers/builders. It still does not affect salvation. Since Christ is our advocate before the Father, there is no condemnation for those who abide by faith in Him.
Even granting that Christian ministers might be judged more harshly, it does not effect the point that ALL will come before the judgement seat of God. All will have their works judged. All will receive recompense.So your "exegetical reason" is that you find it "patently absurd" that the work of Christian ministers will be scrutinized on Judgment Day. Sorry, but that kind of "exegesis" will not award you a high grade.