In concluding this discussion of good works, there is a very dangerous deception having increasing influence in the Evangelical world.
It involves the confusion created when Evangelical leaders praise deeply religious people who have given their lives to help the poor, to fight for social justice, or to work with orphans, the sick, or the outcasts of society.
Just to be clear, the problem is not about giving credit to those whose work has been of great benefit to others. Nor about praising them for work they have done at great cost to themselves.
All of us can certainly recognize and be grateful to those who have helped other people.
However, this specifically relates to the identification of deeply religious people as great Christian examples based upon their good works; while these same people continue to hold to a spiritual belief that denies salvation by Christ alone, by faith alone, according to the scriptures alone.
For all practical purposes, these people are commonly being embraced as Christians based upon their outward show of good works rather than the specific truths they claim to believe about Jesus Christ and the word of God.
In doing this, we send a confused message to false religious leaders, to those who follow them, to the watching world, and to undiscerning believers.
And we communicate a gospel that is in direct contradiction to the true gospel of faith alone in Christ alone.
And we give a false hope of salvation to those who are not trusting in the finished work of Jesus Christ as their only basis of eternal life.