We are called to good works but not saved by good works. Neither can we save others by our good works. Salvation is the gift of God (Jn 10.28 & Rom 6.23).
Only preaching the gospel (good news) to others in person with our mouth allows them to believe on Christ and become saved (See THE GOSPEL SAVES on www.preach-the-gospel.org). One of the most harmful things to the furtherance of the gospel ever said is: "Preach the gospel to every creature. If necessary use words." In this statement St Francis of Assissi is saying that others are saved by seeing our good works, not by telling them the good news with our mouth. As a result the Catholic Church does not preach the gospel with their mouth.
The Apostle Paul wrote, "Pray for us also, that God would open to us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ... that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak it (Col 4.3-4)." "Pray for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel... that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak (Eph 6.19 & 20). These passages show that it is indeed necessary to use words to preach the gospel.
The Evangelicals are hindering the furtherance of the gospel in the same manner. They misinterpret Mt 5.16 to mean that others are saved by seeing our good works (letting our light shine): "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Mt.5.16, KJV)." If the proper emphasis (pause) is placed on the last comma, it reads that we are to glorify our Father in heaven, not that others are saved by seeing our good works. Another reason they have resorted to this 'gospel of good works' is that they have replaced the gospel with their own gospel that can only be preached from the pulpit (See PLAN OF SALVATION on www.preach-the-gospel.org).
Because the gospel is not being preached as it ought to be our nation and world lies in wickedness (1 Jn 5.18). But we can turn it right-side up in less than two years by preaching the gospel and teaching them that believe to preach it (Mk 16.15 & Mt 28.20). There is plenty of room on the team for them that wish to join the crusade (See CAPTAIN AMERICA and IMAGINE on www.preach-gospel.org).
To preach the gospel simply ask others if they have heard the good news (Gospel means good news.) and tell them - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15.3-4)." This gospel that the Apostle Paul received and preached saves every one that believes when we tell it to them in person with our mouth as he did (Eph 6.19-20 & Col 4.3-4.).
We are called to good works, but others are not saved by our good works. Only the gospel of Christ on our lips saves them that believe (1 Cor 1.21 & 4.15b and Rom 1.16).
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