Rewards and Works

“Those who claim Christians will receive rewards in heaven for imperfect “good” works are deluding themselves. While they insist the works are necessary to prove the genuineness of professed faith, but are not required for earning heaven, they fail to understand that works are an evidence of genuineness of professed faith, not a proof of it. I’m sorry to say I believe the whole doctrine is contrived and contradictory. As in saying that post-justification works have sin in them, and yet also saying that they still can merit reward because the guilt of sin has been removed. But what they fail to address is that if the guilt of sin is removed, the works are then ‘perfect.’ So how could one’s work merit more than another, when they are both perfect? It is vain and circular reasoning in confusion and contradiction, because it’s not true.” – Tony Warren

Two more quotes:

Matthew 20:8

“So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.”

That word translated hire there is [misthos], the exact same word ‘Reward.‘ And so here we see the Lord Himself, unambiguously telling us that the people who work in this world in service to Him, all receive the exact same “reward.” I didn’t say this, Pastor Bob or Preacher Joe didn’t say this, God said this, and He said it plainly. Those Theologians who read this, feigning they understand it, and then deny what Christ has clearly said, do God a great disservice. Their claims that we receive different rewards depending upon our works in this world (the field) are blatantly contradictory to Our Lord’s Words. For not some, but ‘all’ the blessings of God were given to all of God’s Elect in Christ, before the world began. We are acceptable and have good works which are perfect only because He made us accepted.


1st Corinthians 3:13-14

“Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.”

We are rewarded [misthos], or paid for our good work in building, and likewise, the wicked are rewarded for their bad work. To say our works are of ourselves is to deny the doctrines of Grace and the master builder.



  1. irishanglican ~ Fr. Robert · June 10, 2013

    Perhaps a biblical exegesis would be better, of say 1 Cor. 3, than just a dogmatic statement alone?

    • jm · June 10, 2013

      The article was linked in the post.

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