Faith and good works are in no way mutually exclusive. It is certainly important to stress that we do not come to faith by doing good works, as if we could somehow buy our way into the kingdom of God. But real faith gives rise to good works naturally, just as a tree bears fruit or a vine bears grapes…. Faith, then, is active, seeking to express itself in the way we live, not just the way we think.

— Alister McGrath, I Believe (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1991), 23.

  One thought on “Quote of the Week: Alister McGrath, 3

  1. August 15, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I certainly agree with that. “good works” can only be the product of faith because “without faith it is impossible to please God”.

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