Protestants love to use the phrase “works righteousness” when describing various positions even though they disagree as to what it is and therefore what theological positions support it.
It’s one of those “going nuclear” phrases. Like pushing the red button, it is used to annihilate another position in a single move.
For example, my blog last week about penance got some reactions about it being another form of salvation by works. If you have to do something as part of your repentance then you’re working to gain favor.
There are several misconceptions here beginning with what happens in salvation. Read the rest of this entry »