This is because of your incorrect dogmatism.
May God have mercy on me for my Free Will has failed me on understanding the Gospel.
Luke 18:13 - But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’
“But what is the “law of faith?” It is, being saved by grace. Here he shows God’s power, in that He has not only saved, but has even justified, and led them to boasting, and this too without needing works, but looking for faith only
. For Scripture says that faith has saved us. Put better: Since God willed it, faith has saved us. Now in what case, tell me, does faith save without itself doing anything at all? Faith’s workings themselves are a gift of God,
lest anyone should boast. What then is Paul saying? Not that God has forbidden works but that he has forbidden us to be justified by works
. No one, Paul says, is justified by works, precisely in order that the grace and benevolence of God may become apparent.”
St. John Chrysostom
"Again, they said that he who adhered to Faith alone was cursed, but he shows that he who adhered to Faith alone is blessed."
St. John Chrysostom
"We also, being called through God's will in Christ Jesus, are not justified through ourselves, neither through our own wisdom or understanding, or piety, or works which we have done in holiness or heart, but through faith
Clement of Rome
"When an ungodly man is converted, God justified him through faith alone
, not on account of good works which he possessed not."
“God has decreed that a person who believes in Christ can be saved without works. By faith alone
he receives the forgiveness of sins”.
“Redemption by the blood of Christ would become of little value, neither would the preeminence of man's works be superseded by the mercy of God, if justification, which is wrought through grace, were due to the merits going before, so as to be, not the free gift of a donor, but the reward due to the laborer.”
"This is the true and perfect glorying in God, when a man is not lifted up on account of his own righteousness, but has known himself to be wanting in true righteousness and to be justified by faith alone in Christ."
"Shall not all our righteousness turn out to be mere unrighteousness and deficiency? What, then, shall it be concerning our sins, when not even our righteousness can answer for itself? Wherefore...let us flee, with all humility to Mercy which alone can save our souls...whoever hungers and thirsts after righteousness, let him believe in thee, who "justified the ungodly"; and thus, being justified by faith alone
, he shall have peace with God."
Bernard of Clairvaux:
It is ordained of God that he who believes in Christ is saved, freely receiving remission of sins, without works, by faith alone.
We say, besides, that if good works do not follow, faith is false and not true.
Christ said: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16) It's a command from Christ. If you don't follow Christ's words, whose words do you follow?
Mark 16:16 - Whoever believes and is baptized shall be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
You can find whatever you want to selectively quote from in a book, that's not what matters.
Yeah but the verses I posted are in direct context of what we are discussing.