Quote:True. But who is the judge of true faith, you or God?
To have true faith is to be saved.
Many Protestants use the language of salvation ("I am saved"; "Are you saved?") as a short hand for speaking of faith in Christ. To have faith in Christ is to be saved. True faith will be evidenced by a change in heart and life. From this conversion and growth in grace flows good works.
One difference. They claim faith ALONE saves. Whereas Scripture says differently.
Salvation is granted to them who OBEY Christ:
Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
But, one is not even justified by faith ALONE.
James 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
Much less is one saved by faith ALONE.
It is also Protestant teaching.
That depends on the Protestant. There are some Protestants which hold the Catholic Teaching. But, for the most part, they deny the Catholic Teaching and call it blasphemous.
Quote: Faith alone. But what is true faith? What does it mean for someone to truly believe in Jesus. Well for starters, we will see a true conversion of heart and life growing out of that faith. If we do not see good works present in someone's life, we cannot say with confidence that their faith is genuine.
So Faith Alone. But a living faith. It must produce good fruit. "You shall know them by their fruit." So works follow faith. True faith will produce good works. Or to use the salvation terminology, a person who is really saved will do good works.
You contradict Scripture and Catholic doctrine and then confirm Scripture and Catholic doctrine in one fell swoop.
First, faith, if it is accompanied by the fruits it produces, is not alone. That confirms the Catholic doctrine and the Scripture.
Second, true faith produces good works and salvation follows. Here it is, in Scripture:
James 2:14What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
The implication is obvious. Faith, without works, faith unaccompanied by works, faith alone, can not save. Period. The end.
Whereas, faith which produces good works, does save. You have said so. That is the Catholic Teaching.
Quote: But we already have "CONFIRMATION" by God that he hears "the repentant sinner and washed away their sin." We have this confirmation by warrant of Scripture: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9) What other confirmation is needed?
Are you making an entire theology out of one verse? Scripture tells you what else is needed. Baptism (Mark 16:16). And after, Confession (Heb 13:17) and throughout your life, good works (Matt 25:31-46). Do you take one verse and discard the rest of the Gospel?
Why? That is why you need the Church. The Church understands the Word of God and explains it infallibly to all:
Ephesians 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,