Monday, February 19, 2007

Faith And Works: Distinguish, But Do Not Separate

"Faith is, indeed, distinguished from works, as the apostle says, 'that a person is justified by faith without works.' And there are works that seem to be good....because they are not referred to that end from which they are good. 'For the end of the law is Christ, unto justice to everyone who believes.' Therefore, he did not wish to separate faith from work, but he said that faith itself is a work. For this is the faith that works by love. He did not say, 'This is your work' but 'This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent,' so that he who takes glory may take glory in the Lord."

-St. Augustine

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