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Some individuals or denominations hold to a statement of faith similar to this:

    “  We Don’t Believe:
    1. The “Works” Gospel
    they claim: No amount of our own work can make us acceptable to God and get us into heaven. Our works are like filthy rags (stinky, menstrual pads) to God (Isaiah 64:6; Eph 2:8-10)”

I respond to such a statement: Contrary to the teaching of the IC [institutional church], all good works are not “our own righteousness”, neither are they all “filthy wrags”!
To begin with, FAITH is a WORK!
These verses certainly do not condemn doing good, or place good works in the”filthy menstral wrag” catagory:

Joh 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Mat 3:10  And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Act 9:36 …A certain disciple named Tabitha, called Dorcas: was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.

Rom 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same.

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Tit 2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity…

Tit 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; (Grace never gives a license to sin)
14 Jesus gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

Tit 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
14 And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.

Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works

Jas 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

1Pe 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

Tit_1:16  They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.[good for nothing]

Rom 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who, knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (fellowship)

1Ti 2:9 Women should adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

1Ti 5:9 Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man,
10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.

1Ti 5:24 Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after. 25 Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.

1Ti 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world…
18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
 
Rom 2:6  God will render to every man according to his deeds:
Rom 2:7  To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
Rom 2:8  But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
Rom 2:9  Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
Rom 2:10  But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
Rom 2:11  For there is no respect of persons with God.

The false [antichrist] gospel presented in the apostate denominations today is one that justifies continued evil works, while it condemns the true gospel that demands repentance as a “works gospel”. Eze 13:22  Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life.  According to this popular false gospel, just so long as you confess that you are a sinner, and believe that you will ALWAYS BE a sinner, you are accepted as saved/born again/ and filled with the Holy Spirit. But once you deny the foundation of this false gospel (original sin), and say with scripture that no one is BORN in sin (Ezek 18:20), you are condemned as a heretic, and they say you don’t believe the gospel, and therefore have not been saved. Original sin is the foundation of Augustine’s false, Gnostic gospel, which claims that men are totally depraved and incapable of obeying God. It is the root of why the IC fellowships with, & allows all kinds of sinners to take communion and be called brethren in Christ, when they are not in Christ at all, even if they once were. Jesus said Repent or perish, but the IC says just confess you’re a sinner and say a little prayer with the pastor; claim you “believe” in Jesus, and you’re saved, and can never lose salvation, even if you become  exceedingly wicked [“you can’t outsin the grace of GOD “they chant. This is why so many drunks, rolling in their own vomit, think they’re saved. They have been deceived by the very missions who think they are saving them.(Jud 1:4)  For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.Eze 13:22  Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life. And when these decieved, willfull sinners die, the hired liars preach them all straight into heaven[as if they are worthyof God’s kingdom]1Co 6:9  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1Co 6:10  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.Eph 5:5  For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Eph 5:6  Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Gal 5:19  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Gal 5:20  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Gal 5:21  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
The chief liars [JEZEBELL; I.C.] suppose “not of works,lest any man should boast” will be a professing Christian sinner’s “get out of hell free” card, but Jesus said:(Rev 2:23)  And I will kill Jezebell’s children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

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  1. Act 10:1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,
    Act 10:2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.
    Act 10:3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.
    Act 10:4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.
    Act 10:5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter:
    Act 10:6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.


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