Nope, I don't make it a sin to do anything we're suppose to. Never said that!
But what I have said, is that trusting anything good we are doing as means for salvation, shows a terrible misunderstanding of the gospel, and it's not a safe place to be according to what I read in the scriptures.
You can't do good works (in the eyes of God) if you are trusting in yourself instead of Christ alone. That's not how it works. This is how it works:
8For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
I see all the glory going to God there for any good works believers do, and I think that passage ties in well with all the other scriptures that tell us we've got nothing to boast about.
1 Cor. 15:10
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.
So no, it's not a sin to do good works if we are trusting in Christ alone for our salvation. But it is a sin to boast about good works if we are giving ourselves the glory instead of God.
So what happens if we try to work for salvation? We can forget salvation by grace. That seems to be fine for a lot of people. You too?
6But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.
But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness.
That's pretty plain to me. Don't work for salvation! It's not going to work out well for you if you do!
But as a result (NOT CAUSE) of salvation, those in Christ will walk in good works that he prepared. So there's no contradiction. James affirms the message of Paul, and vice versa. James wasn't talking about salvation by good works, but that good works would result from true faith. There's a big difference there.
All glory to God, not us!
So here's the problem with the theological cage you've built for yourself. It won't work the way you hope it will. You'll remain in bondage. And no one is going to buy how righteous and holy you proclaim to be, unless they are totally blind, and certainly it won't be God!
So look to Jesus! Trapper is a wretched sinner, just like Vektek, so it's really not wise to look to yourself for anything good to gain yourself salvation. Same goes for me. It ain't in there, and it ain't in me, it's only in Christ, so better look to him and be found in Him. Your very best deeds you could ever come up with will be tainted with sin, same for me, and that's just not acceptable to a Holy God! But he made a grand way to get us out of this awful predicament of not being acceptable to him because of our wretchedness, and so I'm going with His way, not yours. You are free to do whatever you like though and keep looking for something good in your flesh.
I stand with Paul though:
18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh.
24Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? 25Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Now I understand this message sounds foolish to you and many others. Christ crucified, how could that save anyone? Many will reason that's foolish and that they must disregard that foolishness altogether and come up with their own offerings of righteousness to God, or at least supplement whatever righteous good works they can come up with, along with the work of Christ. Neither is good or pleasing to God.
21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, 24but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
Christ crucified! Jesus, perfect and Holy, God in the flesh, coming to suffer and die and be the perfect, all sufficient offering, for sinners. Do you really think you can top that or add to that? That's a foolish thought! Now let me know when you finally get that. I want to hear about you coming to the light on that matter, if you ever do.