"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?"
>>Is De Maria actually serious in interpreting the Scripture passages that he just cited above in the manner that he just did?
>>In Mark 16:16, Jesus only condemned the unbelieving. In fact, He did not even say that baptism was necessary for salvation in the Mark verse.
>>Hebrews 13:17 simply talks about submission to godly, biblically appointed leaders of the church, not confession to a priest! This verse is not even talking about the confession of sin.
>>Concerning Matthew 25:31-46, the context is all about faithfulness to the will of God, not justification. The works mentioned in the text from the Gospel According to Matthew offer descriptions for various states of the human heart, not prescribed as criteria for salvation. As with all biblical scenarios of the final judgment, God looks at people's works because they are the evidence of what is in their hearts by faith.
>>Salvation as presented by the biblical gospel is NOT works-based (John 20:30-31).
>>While De Maria claims that salvation is determined on the basis of faith AND works, Scripture teaches that mankind can only be saved on the basis of faith OR by works (Romans 11:6). But Scripture teaches that we are saved by FAITH, apart from the merit of all works. Sorry De Maria, but you can't have it both ways!