Good works are only such as God has commanded in His holy Word and not such as, without the warrant thereof, are devised by men out of blind zeal or upon any pretense of good intention.

These good works, done in obedience to God’s commandments, are the fruits and evidences of a true and lively faith and, by them, believers manifest their thankfulness, strengthen their assurance, edify their brethren, adorn the profession of the gospel, stop the mouths of adversaries, and glorify God, whose workmanship they are, created in Christ Jesus thereunto, that, having their fruit unto holiness, they may have the end, eternal life. – Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) 16.1-2.

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