WORKS2   5'?m2f Are works the cause or the result of salvation?

LIZ -- (enters hurriedly, wearing white lab coat, carrying 
two computer printouts, shouts) Professor Tizdale?

AMY -- (from offstage) I'll be right out.

LIZ -- Good. You are not going to believe what I just 
discovered! (sets printouts on podium)

AMY -- (enters, wearing white lab coat, examining a bug in a 
jar) Professor Johnson! What brings you to the entomology lab?

LIZ -- (points to printouts) Do the words "Nobel Prize" mean 
anything to you?

AMY -- That looks like a DNA molecule. Why are you looking at 
DNA? You're an expert on bats, not genetics.

LIZ -- It's a long story. It started when I was examining the 
ears of a fruit bat with an electron microscope. I found that I 
got a better picture if I cooled down the specimen with liquid 
nitrogen. And that's when it hit me.

AMY -- That's when what hit you?

LIZ -- Cooling down DNA.

AMY -- Uh huh.

LIZ -- Human DNA.

AMY -- Uh huh.

LIZ -- (points) Look at it! Isn't it magnificent?!

AMY -- Professor Johnson, I'm an entomologist, (holds up jar) I 
study bugs. I'm not a geneticist. Perhaps you should show your
discovery to someone else...

LIZ -- ...No! Don't you see?! This has theological implications. 
And since you're a Christian, I wanted to show you first.

AMY -- Well, thank you, but...

LIZ -- You have no idea how momentus this discovery is, do you?

AMY -- No, as I said I...

LIZ -- (points to printouts) This is me.

AMY -- Uh huh. Professor Johnson, have you been getting enough 
sleep lately?

LIZ -- (sighs) Alright, let me slow down a little. 

AMY -- Good idea.

LIZ -- See, I discovered that if human DNA was cooled down to 
near absolute zero, something amazing happens.

AMY -- Yes. The molecules stop vibrating.

LIZ -- Well, yes, the molecules stop vibrating. But it's the 
vibrations that have been covering up an interesting feature in 
human DNA.

AMY -- Uh huh.

LIZ -- It's kind of like holding your hand behind the blades of 
a whirling fan. (demonstrates) When you try to touch it, the 
blades of the fan keep you from coming close.

AMY -- I see.

LIZ -- I discovered that cooling the DNA specimen to near zero 
degrees is like turning off the fan. You can get to parts of the 
DNA that noone ever knew existed before.

AMY -- Oh, really.

LIZ -- Really. Now do you see the nobel prize on the horizon?

AMY -- Could be. What part of the DNA did you discover and what 
does it have to do with theology?

LIZ -- As near as I can tell, what I discovered was SPIRITUAL 

AMY -- Spiritual DNA?

LIZ -- Incredible, isn't it?!

AMY -- Actually, yes it is. What makes you think it's spiritual 

LIZ -- Because I found the hidden DNA only on chromosomes number 
8 and 9.

AMY -- In terms that a bug collector can understand...

LIZ -- Oh, yes, of course. I looked it up and human chromosomes 
number 8 and 9 have to do with human behavior.

AMY -- And that means...

LIZ -- (points to printouts) Well, look here. The chromosome on 
the left is my own DNA BEFORE I accepted Jesus as my personal 
savior. And the chromosome on the right is DNA from the same 
cells AFTER I accepted Jesus as my savior. Do you see a 

AMY -- (squinting) Yes. Yes, it looks like there are several new 
genes in the second specimen that weren't there before. 
(straightens) Professor Johnson, I know enough about genetics to 
know that a person's DNA doesn't change significantly over his 

LIZ -- Bingo. That's how we know that (proudly) this HAS to be 

AMY -- Well.... 

LIZ -- Can you imagine how I'm going to rock the theological 
world with my discovery?!

AMY -- And what theological conclusion did you draw from this 

LIZ -- Well, I would think it would be patently obvious by 

AMY -- Not to me.

LIZ -- Well, since the first century, theologians have been 
debating whether a person does good works in order to be saved 
or if works are the result of salvation. You can see here 
(points) that according to my spiritual DNA, I did not have a 
change in my behavior genes until AFTER I was saved.

AMY -- Oh, that.

LIZ -- What do you mean "Oh that"!? This is a momentus 
theological discovery!

AMY -- Well, it might be a momentus GENETIC discovery. But I 
wouldn't plan on a ticker tape parade from theologians.

LIZ -- What do you mean?

AMY -- I mean that only the non-Christian cults believe that 
works come BEFORE salvation. And that's because they ignore  the 
clear scriptures that exclude good works as a requirement for 

LIZ -- Scriptures? What scriptures?

AMY -- Titus 3:5 "He saved us, not because of righteous things 
we had done, but because of his mercy".

LIZ -- Oh.

AMY -- And 1st John 2:29 "If you know that he is righteous, you 
know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him."

LIZ -- Oh, yeah. (perks up) Hey!

AMY -- What?

LIZ -- "Born of him", you said "born of him"!

AMY -- Yes. So?

LIZ -- So, I may not get a ticker tape parade from theologians, 
but (points to printouts) I still have my discovery of (proudly) 
SPIRITUAL DNA. And I definitely think I'm in line for a Nobel 

AMY -- I'm not so sure.

LIZ -- What do you mean?

AMY -- Look at the names on these printouts.

LIZ -- (point) "Elizabeth Johnson". That's my name. It's my DNA.

AMY -- And the name here (points) on the other picture... is 
that your nickname?

LIZ -- "Fruit bat". (grabs pictures, exiting) Not a word about 
this to anybody!

AMY -- (exiting opposite) My lips are sealed, Professor BAT.

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