@Josiah Fingaz wrote:
…considered not to be contrary to the word of God
That’s completely untrue, JF. Be careful! Even those works that are accepted by the Catholics contain heresy to the gospel of Christ such as prayer for the dead in 2 Maccabees chapter 12
He then took up a collection among all his soldiers, amounting to two thousand silver drachmas, which he sent to Jerusalem to provide for an expiatory sacrifice [sin offering]. In doing this he acted in a very excellent and noble way, inasmuch as he had the resurrection of the dead in view;
for if he were not expecting the fallen to rise again, it would have been useless and foolish to pray for them in death.
But if he did this with a view to the splendid reward that awaits those who had gone to rest in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought.
Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be freed from this sin.
and Tobit 12 which teaches salvation by works !
Prayer and fasting are good, but better than either is almsgiving accompanied by righteousness. A little with righteousness is better than abundance with wickedness. It is better to give alms than to store up gold;
for almsgiving saves one from death and expiates every sin. Those who regularly give alms shall enjoy a full life;